Ethiopia Teacher Exchange

Ethiopia Teacher Exchange

Vermont to Ethiopia and Back

In February 2014, Willowell sent five Vermont teachers–Elaine Pentaleri of Vergennes Union Elementary, Stacy Carter and Barbara Yerrick of Monkton Elementary, and Matt Schlein and Becky Dowdy of the Walden Project & Vergennes Union HS–to Awassa, Ethiopia as part of a course offered in conjunction with Castleton State College. The two year course, Vermont to Ethiopia and Back: Integrating Stories, Culture and Place in the Public Schools of Ethiopia and Vermont, will develop multi-year relationships between schools in the USA and Ethiopia in the form of alternating teacher exchanges.

Willowell & Castleton are partnering with Action for Youth and Community Change (AYCC) to host the exchange.  AYCC is an Ethiopian NGO founded and managed by Ethiopian youth that provides positive out-of-school activities for Youth in Awassa, including gymnastics, theater, dance, music, basketball, visual arts, AIDS education, homework help, social support and more.  Join us for the Ethiopian Boogie Benefit on June 14, 2014 to benefit AYCC!

The Ethiopian teachers who hosted the VT educators in February 2014 will visit the VT schools next year for their own two-week residencies. Read more on the teachers’ blogs to find out how students on two continents are learning about each other through their teachers’ travels!

Stacy Carter                   Barbara Yerrick

Elaine Pentaleri               Becky Dowdy