There's no substitute for going and doing, in person, out in the world!
I deeply enjoyed reading about your experiences and looking at the pictures. Most of my long-distance glimpsing into other cultures is nowadays vicarious and I am very grateful for what the internet offers me.
In my earlier years, I had many opportunities to travel, live in other countries and learn a lot.
I do support the idea of travel being deeply educational and subsidizing it for those without the money to do it seems fantastic.
I know of a few people who studied using the WWOOF program to help sustain their travels and also to be able to help with the much needed work on farms etc - if we can make way to bring the importance of regenerative living back to the fore it is the perfect way to truly educate and bring life to the student and the planet
“The world would be a better place if instead of subsidizing military bases and weapons depots, we subsidized international study-away programs, not only for young people but for people of all ages.“
Absolutely. Next week a grand group of traveling educators will gather together in the Eastern Sierras for the Where There Be Dragons 20 year reunion. I f we didn't travel together for joy, without students from time to time, I don't think we could maintain enthusiasm for the challenges we face. I am so glad you were able to go adventuring. :)
ah, Jennifer, you've reimagined the American Field Service, an organization for high school student exchange. It was founded by US ambulance drivers after World War II, who had served in Germany. They began with German kids coming to the US, and quickly expanded in both directions, into a global program. I spent a summer in Norway when I was 16. It completely changed and shaped my whole adult life!
Beyond Where There Be Dragons, there are lots of great options for study away- sit.edu and https://www.globalcitizenyear.org/ to name a few. Also recently learned about https://www.workaway.info/