Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Foray into the Wide World of Blogging

Greetings all!

I've begun this blog to help chronicle my European (and possibly Middle Eastern) travels over the next few months. I wanted to create a venue where I could publish my experiences as well as my reflections as I travel overseas.

For those that don't know, I will be traveling (along with 14 students and 2 other adults) to the Czech Republic and Poland in April 2011. This trip is a part of my high school's Polish Exchange Program and involves an intense tour of Central Europe. Our goal in the trip is to provide our students with an in-depth, "in their face" exploration of the Holocaust as we travel to cities and sights relating to the genocide. Additionally, the trip  includes a "Polish Home Stay" component, which allows our students to become immersed in the Polish culture as they stay with a host family for five days. I'm ecstatic about this trip and so are the students!

The other potential trip on my horizon is a Holocaust Summer Program for educators. I won't reveal too much about this trip at the present (since I'm awaiting acceptance into the program), but suffice it to say that I'm certainly hoping to be included. This program begins at the USHMM in Washington, D.C.; includes travel to Israel, Germany, and Poland; and emphasizes the importance of educating about the Holocaust throughout. So, I'll be crossing my fingers for a least a few more weeks as I await word about this amazing opportunity.

That's all for this first foray! Thanks for reading, and check back, as I'm sure I will be posting as soon as I know more about the summer opportunity.