sarah weldon

Teacher of English and Geography, British Connection International School

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Would you consider coming to my future centre for a working holiday, if so what skills would you offer, how would they impact the children?

I am in the process of raising money for and setting up the first ever community and children's field studies centre in the former Republic of Georgia. I have an idea to invite Guests in Residence, who pay nothing to stay at their own house at the centre (in the mountains of Kazbegi), eat communally, or be self sufficient if they wish, and in return must donate one hour a day tot the centre, either as a skills workshop, giving a lecture, working the land, setting up an outreach clinic, or assisting at the local school. Do you think this is a fair deal for all involved, would you consider taking part hypothetically, what would appeal, or put you off, what kind of class or skill would you offer? How do you think this would be of benefit? Would you be prepared to leave a legacy to the centre, what would this be? How can I involve young disadvantaged people in this project, in a way that will benefit them and help them in their lives? How can I support them more?

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    Aug 21 2011: Wow, this sounds like a great idea..
    I would love to participate in multiple areas of this project if possible.
    I am passionate about encouraging young women like myself to be empowered and strong, to be aware of their mental powers and follow their dreams with full fervor. Motivating and encouraging the youth would be my main goal.
    Now, i would contribute my culinary skills and foodservice experience to the organization / day to day operations of the meal program.. (provided there is one).
    Helping at the local school with art/music classes or workshops would be ideal.
    Anything that opens their mind to creativity and self awareness, should be taught in such way that they are inspired to create and rise above any circumstances.
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    Aug 21 2011: Thanks so much Paula, I am new to TED, but am already finding it fantastic to speak with people and to receive input and ideas from others. I really hope I can get it up and running over the next twelve months as the children here really need something and this is my answer to what they have told me. We would love to have you as our guest once we are up and running, and cooking will be an essential element and skill to teach. Nutritious and ange of food in Georgia is fairly poor, mainly bread based, and I know the kids are really excited to try new things. It will be great to teach about healthy eating, and to improve the lives of future Georgians just through diet. Women really need empowering, as they are the backbone of Georgian society, and are very resourceful and warm. Thanks again:)
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    Aug 21 2011: thanks Ed, your input sounds mazing and definitely along the ethos of the kind of centre I want to set up. Interesting about your views on cob too, its something I would love to build with at some point, but was not sure about doing it in the Georgian climate. Georgians certainly are fond of music and dance, and th polyphonic singing is also something I hope to promote at the centre.

    Thanks so much for your reply.