Back in April, I received some incredible news: I was selected to travel to Chile as part of the Fulbright Distinguished teacher program in march of 2017 to work on my children's literature study.
The first week of August, Fulbright Commission gathered all of the recipients in Washington, D.C. for a three day orientation. A packed three days orientation.
I arrived from Newark, quite promptly, and had no trouble finding the Lowes Madison Hotel. International teachers arrived two days before and the U.S. teachers arrived the day before. International teachers from Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, the Palestinian Territories, Singapore, and Taiwan met with U.S. teachers who will be traveling to Botswana, Chile, Finland, India, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam to engage in discussions about their countries’ educational systems and their individual inquiry projects which they will develop during their program. Unfortunately, there was no Chilean teacher to touch base with, so I circulated from country to country.
For the three days that we were there: mingling, eating all meals together, creating presentations, bonding, asking and answering questions, and drilling each other on what's it like to work, live, and make a difference in our respective countries. We talked about international education systems, how to serve underrepresented students better, and how to take our projects to the next level. It was incredible, and I am grateful to IIE for organizing the orientation.
In fact, that's the picture we took during culture night. Can't you see, we are having fun?