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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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