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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Feed Your Mind, Take Action, End Hunger
In 2005 I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Heifer Educators Tour to Honduras. Teachers from around the country gathered together to learn about Heifer's work in Sustainable Development and ending hunger and poverty. We also learned how we as teachers could teach about these pressing issues in our own classrooms. There were about 25 of us. We spent time learning about Heifer's work and philosophy and the Educational materials. We traveled to several locations around the country visiting projects and meeting with people in the community. We also had time to go to Copan and see the ruins there. One thing that made this a really cool trip was that we were all educators so everyone was excited about learning and sharing ideas. Experiencing Heifer Projects first hand and meeting people in the communities touched by these programs gave me complete confidence in the work of Heifer. I have lived and traveled all over the world especially in developing countries. Never have I seen such hope as saw with the people in the communities where Heifer is at work. Another really powerful piece with Heifer is their committment to education. Not only the education of the people in the communities where Heifer is at work, but education for our students and our communities about how to end hunger and poverty and care for our earth.
When I returned, I focused on education more than fund raising. I've been able to share resources with other teachers and my students have learned a lot about the world and its peoples. Here is the blog that my group created during our visit to Honduras. heiferhonduras.blogspot.com
Another opportunity that is available is the Heifer U for Educators at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. I have not had the opportunity to participate in Heifer U, but I did get a chance to visit the Ranch. This is an amazing place to learn about hunger, poverty and sustainable development and the work of Heifer. One very cool thing that they have at the ranch is a program for students called Global Village. Check out this moving video created by Edutopia. I highly recommend checking out this great opportunity for Educators as well.
Please feel free to ask more questions. It really is a great opportunity.
Study Tour for Educators to Honduras, June 11-20 and June 20-29
Apply for a Heifer Study Tour for Educators and prepare for a life-changing experience. This inspiring, firsthand look into Heifer’s work in Honduras will challenge you and prepare you to speak and teach proficiently on the most pressing issues of our time. You’ll see Heifer Honduras projects up close, interact with local participants and engage in workshops with Honduras staff. You might even get to see some Mayan ruins while you’re there. All tours are led by Heifer staff.
Heifer Study Tours for Educators trains participants to develop leadership roles in their local Heifer School Programs. Some pre- and post- trip commitments are expected of all participants. Continuing Education Credit (CEU) is available. A grant from Heifer International pays for international air transportation, land transportation within the given country, accommodations and meals as well as resource materials for teachers, administrators and other educators.
Apply Today - Applications are due by March 16, 2009. Click here to download an application.
Heifer University for Educators, July 15-19
Heifer University for Educators is a scholarship program which focuses on education outreach programs that you can use to motivate your classroom or group to contribute to sustainable solutions to ending hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Held at the picturesque Heifer Learning Center at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, July 15-19, 2009, the program is for teachers, librarians, school administrators and others who are interested in knowing more about Heifer’s educational outreach. Special attention will be given to Heifer’s school programs as well as new educational initiatives.
Heifer University for Educators trains participants to develop leadership roles in their local Heifer School Programs. A grant from Heifer International pays for accommodations, meals and programming as well as resource materials. Some pre- and post- trip commitments are expected of all participants. Continuing Education Credit (CEU) is available.
Apply Today - Applications are due by April 20, 2009. Click here to download an application. Pin It Now!