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Greetings from Peru! 

Why do I love it here so much? This is my 18th visit in 36 years so I guess I come about every two years. The very first time I visited, when I stepped off the plane at the Cusco airport, I breathed in a deep lung full of thin Andean air, looked around me at the mountains, and thought, "I am home." No matter how many times I come, whether for family reunions, to help run a school, to bring student groups or to trek through Andean landscapes, I always feel the same way; at home. Why is that? Is it the mountains that call me, the Inca cosmology that fascinates me, the way I feel when I speak Andean Spanish, the people I have come to love, the way life, death, and everything in between seems to invite an embrace even among hard times. Probably all of these things. Plus the food, my family who live here, the way I have seen students change through experiencing life in this place, and the fabulous food. 
No matter how much Ollantaytambo changes, how many more tourist restaurants and hotels pop up between each visit, the town always manages to enchant me, pull me in, draw me closer and fill me with its beauty. I always meet people eager to take on each challenge presented by the rapid growth here: supporting women textile artists through Awamaki, encouraging economic development in a way that preserves culture and history, creating art installations to shed light on environmental degradation in the region through Hawapi, develop new education models through schools like Kuska

No matter how much I travel, how many different wonderful places I visit and new people I meet and cultures I learn about, I keep coming back here. Maybe it's best I don't try to understand why, just let it call to me: I am home.

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GEBG Global Educators Conference

It's almost time for the 3rd annual GEBG Global Educators Conference! This year Kaitlin and I are facilitating a session called "Collaborative Design of a Global Service Learning Experience." For a full list of session descriptions, visit the conference schedule. We hope to see many of you there!  

Are You Looking for Professional Development Opportunities?

Check out these two incredible opportunities:
  • ISEEN Summer Teacher Institute: Experiential Education Pedagogy and Practice
    • June 16-19 - Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • To provide focus to the discussions and stronger opportunities to develop community, the 2015 Institute will welcome teachers in the discipline areas of English, Humanities/Social Studies, and World Languages (teachers of literature-based courses (philosophy, religion, etc.) may find the English cohort relevant to join). We plan to alternate disciplines year to year, with Sciences and Math faculty being welcomed for the 2016 year. Follow this link to register
  • Global Leadership Summer Institute for Educators: Exploring Global Issues & Creating a Democratic Classroom
    • August 3-7 -  Seattle, Washington
    • This Summer Institute for Teachers will provide teachers of all content areas with a highly effective approach to creating a climate of mutual respect and shared ownership in which student leaders become engaged global leaders both in and out of the classroom.
    • The workshop will be interactive and transformational. There will be time allocated for reflection and group collaboration; you will leave the week with lesson plans, sample course policies, and a access to a wealth of ready-to-use curriculum. 
    • If you're interested, follow this link to register and be sure to choose "Vicki Weeks" under How did you hear about this program!

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