Skip to main content

Kennedy School Review

Topic / International Relations and Security

S3E3: Why We Trek

Every year dozens of students organise ‘treks’ to their home towns and countries. Entirely voluntary and student led, they plan activities to to initiate their fellow students in the culture, politics and history of the place. Samer Hjouj leads the Palestine trek for the Harvard Kennedy School and Phoenix McLaughlin just led a trek to Maine.

What motivates them to put in this hard work over and above their course load? How do they design the itinerary and what do they prioritise? What dilemmas do they face and how do they navigate it? What do they want the students to take away from this experience?

Prachi Naik from the KSR Podcast team, also a participant in the Palestine trek, talks to them about all this and more.

Listen Here