QRCA Views Magazine, Winter 2018

28 QRCA VIEWS Winter 2018 www.qrca.org n GLOBAL n ful biennial international AQR/QRCA conferences of which we have had nine sessions—and counting—as of 2018! For me, they helped sate my lifelong international travel wanderlust! Britain Was First (1997) While I was still QRCA President (1995-1997), the Board granted the means to take a dozen QRCA members to meet and greet our European counterparts. We advertised ahead of time, and booked the Dorchester Hotel in London for a January 10, 1997, one-day workshop, “Differences between North American and European Between 1997 and 2007, I and a handful of other North American QRCA leaders found the means to travel to England, Greece, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, and the Ukraine, where we led workshops and built many professional and personal bonds with international peers as eager as we to learn from one another. For QRCA, these trips spawned new networks of global peers and QRCA chapters and helped launch the success- By Pat Sabena n Sabena Qualitative Research n Sole Proprietor n Fairfield, CT n psabena@qual.com A s I step down from a seven-year role as QRCA VIEWS Global Features Editor, it seems like the right time to write about the joys and adventures—both personal and professional—of conducting peer workshops with far-flung fellow qualitative researchers across the globe. Around the World w i th P e e r Work s ho p s