Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Featured: Philippines Field Experience

Study, Travel, Teach with TGC Fellow Gail Heard

On June 18th, fifteen TGC fellows began their adventure in the Philippines.  After their trip across the Pacific they hit the ground running in Manila learning about the Filipino education system, visiting schools, and learning as much as they possibly could about Filipino society and culture!  As a part of our August focus on the International Field Experiences, we encourage you to take a closer look at the journey of one of our fellows, Gail Heard.

Gail has been a language arts teacher for over twenty years.  She is currently teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In her classroom, Gail is working to use global pedagogy to make connections and establish common goals to unite her somewhat disparate school community.  Gail is a global citizen in her own right having received her first degree in English from Edinburgh University in Scotland,  meeting her American husband while working in Botswana, and now having lived in the U.S. for twenty-five years. 

Gail spent a week in Tacloban, Leyte at her host school, Leyte National High School, with her host, Norberto Erandio, and her partner TGC teachers, Glenda Savoy and Alexandra O'Callaghan.

 In her blog, you can read about the hospitality and warmth with which the TGC fellows were received during their time in the Philippines: "every school we visit in the Philippines, we are welcomed with banners, signs, and beautiful smiles.Then there are the garlands, and the gifts...".  

Gail also writes about the resilience of the Filipino people in their response to the Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda).  "There are still no bells at Leyte National high school, as they were destroyed in the storm. All the books in the library were destroyed. All resources, classroom materials, desks, computers, science equipment, roofs, and windows were destroyed. Some entire buildings were knocked down". In the Philippines and around the world, communities show their strength and determination, their resilience in the face of lingering devastation from natural disaster and other crises.  Global education means showing our students these types of connections and similarities across borders and boundaries.  

You can find links to all of our Philippines Field Experience Travelers here.

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