Preparing for the trip.
06.03.2008 - 06.28.2008
Hi all, my name is Nikole Zidar and I am a biology instructor at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, North Carolina. Our college is a participant of the World View Program at the University of North Carolina. For the past three years, VGCC has sent instructors on World View Trips to Spain, China, and India. I have been applying to represent VGCC on a World View trip for the past two years, and the third time was the charm! I'm going to Senegal this summer, just goes to show that persistance pays off.
Some of the main of the program is to help educators internationalize their schools to prepare students for a more globalized world and work arena. Methods used to help educators include promoting foriegn language training, international travel, and by holding seminars and symposiums focused on promoting international relationships and utilizing cultural understanding in the classroom.
Since I know first hand that not everybody can go on one of these trips, but that many would like to I've decided to keep this travel blog so that Vance-Granville students, faculty and staff (and friends and family) can join me on my journey as a representative of Vance-Granville Community College, a citizen of North Carolina and of the United States. I have named the blog "The Traveling Vanguard" in honor of our school's newly appointed mascot - the Vanguard!
I really hope you all will enjoy the experience of travel (even virtually), and please feel free to communicate with me via this blog, I will work on it whenever I get a chance (well, whenever I have free time that I'm not out chasing snakes or other wildlife!!!)
Disclaimer - This blog will not be for the faint of heart, those without a sense of humor may wish not to proceed.
Disclaimer disclaimer - my students are exempt from the above statements. Even if you do not have a sense of humor you must still proceed to earn your credit!