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The Traveling Vanguard

Preparing for the trip.

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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!

Posted by TravelingV 21:46 Archived in USA Tagged preparation

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I hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip. It looks like were neighbors. I live in Wendell. I'm looking forward to hearing more about you trip.

by cwilkerson

I hope you have a safe and fun trip! I lived in Zebulon all my life until about five years ago. Have fun!

by jaharris

Hope you are having a good time and learning lots. See you next week. Love, Mom

by nylasor_98

Hope all is going great. I know you are excited. Enjoy and be safe.

by tjdewell

Hi Nikki! Just catching up on all your reports.
An enviable journey you're on!

by whrowlan

We are here in NC. Ceba and Alex were happy to see us (Charles too!). Thanks for the updates. Sounds like you are finding things very interesting. Love, Mom

by nylasor_98

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