A Cognitive Neuropsychology graduate with a 17 year history of employment in health and social care settings. Initially started life as an outdoor education instructor in a centre for people who were disabled or disadvantaged. Had a life changing experience whilst working in India with mothers and infants in rural slums, and spent 18months recovering from Guillain-Barre. Now living in Georgia, working in both public and private schools, and setting up projects here to teach not only English, but other values and skills necessary to bring Georgia into Europe and the wider world. Particularly related to the environment and Black Sea. You can find out more about me on the Oceans Project website and on my word press blog, arrancat.
Areas of Expertise
Education & Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Diving Medicine, scuba diving, EFL Teaching
An idea worth spreading
I am currently in the process of setting up two big projects in the country of Georgia, I think they are both simple but potentially effective, and they just need a lot of love, time, and hard work to enable them to happen. The Oceans Project will use the BBC Oceans series to teach English as a foreign language whilst also raising issues related to the Black Sea, getting children to fundraise for an Earthwatch expedition, and bringing those skills back to Georgia to undertake their own conservation projects. The field studies and community centre will be run by children and offer them opportunity to learn new skills, practice English, learn self sufficiency, sustainability, and undertake environmental research projects.
I'm passionate about
scuba diving, diving medicine, traditional folk music, learning Gaelic, cob building, the Highlands of Scotland, sustainability, cetaceans, Georgian people and communities, motivating young people.
Talk to me about
Bringing about change in the former Republic of Georgia, working for the Ministry of Education and Science, setting up the Oceans Project, and a Children's Centre in Georgia.
People don't know I'm good at
I'm not good at, but people don't know that I really love singing, music, and dance. That I love painting and art, and have the potential to do something useful in life.
My TED story
I feel like I often work tirelessly on my projects and ideas, and I'm sick of people telling me 'you'll burn out'. Often people just don't get me and its often caused me not to fit in with the social boxes in my society and gotten me into trouble for just being different. Finding TED, where so many of my best friends and people I admire are a part of the community was like suddenly being with people I could relate to and who wouldn't just write me off for being a bit non conformist. I just plod on with my projects, thinking that I am talking to myself, and every so often, someone will tell me that they were inspired by what I am doing, and its like a massive catalyst to keep on going. I know the next twelve months or so on my projects will be tough - bringing about change from the norm always is a minefield- but I hope to turn to TED particularly in those moments when the going is tough or tiring, to remind myself that there are lots of ants working hard in this ant hill, together.