If you were a Girl Scout, you may recognize the title of one of my favorite songs from summer camp. As I prepare for another IPDS Chile trip, I'm surprised by how quickly two years has passed since the last trip in 2017.
I'm excited by the wonderful group of students we have this round (please check out their blogs too!) and the opportunity to collaborate with our Universidàd Mayor partners on some exciting new projects.
I'm currently teaching a graduate course in Medellìn, Colombìa. This is my first time visiting Medellìn, and I'm astounded at what a stunningly beautiful city it is, the city sits nestled in green mountains with blue skies and white clouds blanketing it. Flowers and plants are everywhere. South America offers so much richness of culture, geography, and people. I'm excited to explore it more in the coming years.
I have to give a big shout out to my colleagues Dr. Pixita del Prado Hill and Dr. Angela Patti. Angela and I traveled together in the 2017 trip and I learned a lot from her about being a good trip leader. As a new mom, she is unable to travel with us this time, but she still provided tremendous support throughout the year as we prepared for this trip, including Selecting, ordering and organizing the huge amount of children's books and other classroom materials we'll be bringing with us to use and donate to classrooms in Chile. She will be missed, but her presence will be very much felt. Also many thanks to Pixita, who started this program almost ten years ago and has nurtured it into one the flagship programs for student international travel at Buffalo State College. Her tireless work ethic and desire to collaborate to help others grow shine through every aspect of this experience.
Stay tuned for more adventures to come.
I am a citizen of planet earth and am excited to see as much of it as possible in this lifetime.