An ocean of intercultural experiential learning

Yujun Xu*

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Is it possible for young people to develop intercultural understanding through an ocean-crossing sailing voyage? What would happen to intercultural communication in a tall-ship space? This article unpacks the process of interculturality construction and participants’ identity negotiation within an ocean-sailing setting. It applies an analytical tool of intersubjectivity and seeks to relate interculturality to experiential learning theory. It draws upon a mini ethnographic study that collected data during a sailing voyage across the North Sea. The finding reveals six intersubjective factors that influence the process of interculturality co-construction. The article suggests that sail-training, as an outdoor medium of experiential learning, has the potential to stimulate participants to develop an analytical vision towards the self, the other and specific interactive dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSport, Education and Society
Early online date22 Sep 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sep 2021


  • experiential learning
  • Interculturality
  • intersubjectivity
  • ocean metaphor
  • onion metaphor
  • sail-training


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