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Welcome, Libby Lupfer. Please tell us a little about yourself.
TT: Excellent! Tell us about your travel background.
L: I have traveled to Asia on four different grants during the summer breaks from school. Three of those grants were Freeman Foundation grants through different universities and the EastWest Center in Honolulu. I traveled on those grants to China, Japan and Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. I also spent a summer in Malaysia and Singapore on a Fulbright-Hays grant. I also spent another summer in South Africa on another Fulbright-Hays.
After all of this educational travel, I decided to volunteer in the summer with Habitat for Humanity building houses. I went to Honduras and Ghana doing that. I also went with some colleagues last summer to Haiti to help build a school.
Lately, I have really enjoyed traveling with GEEO to Peru and than last summer, to Tunisia. I really enjoy the GEEO approach because I can travel with teachers (so I learn a lot more and network) but I don’t have to follow the agenda of a grant giver. I plan on traveling with GEEO this summer to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil and my roommate will be a teacher that I met on the Peru trip. She is a Spanish teacher so I learn a different perspective from her.
TT: Libby, you have found and taken advantage of more great teacher travel opportunities than anyone I’ve ever encountered! Tell us more about your recent favorite, GEEO.