Throughout TBB programs, students engage a set of Guiding Questions critical to understanding their relationship to the Essential Question. The following questions are interwoven into daily seminars:
TBB seminars challenge students to explore their daily experiences and place them in the context of international development. Seminars take various forms, including lectures and discussions with local experts, presentations, and debates. Students complete readings that address the curricular themes and the current context of the programs.
This sample calendar provides a basic overview of the daily, weekly, and monthly experiences of gap year students in TBB's programs. The service days in the above calendar provide sufficient time for students to learn about the issue first-hand, understand the methodology of the host NGO with which they work, and complete meaningful service for the host community. If the host NGO worked to improve the sustainability of agriculture, as is common in rural India, the students would learn through the fourteen service/seminar days as follows: