Teaching Traveling: Welcome to Sarah Clarke! Sarah, tell us about yourself.
Sarah: I live and teach in North Carolina, but I am originally from Canada! I studied Art and Anthropology in University and am now in my second year as an Elementary Art Teacher. I also taught high school visual art for a year. I love teaching art because it is such a dynamic subject. Every human culture in the world has created art, and it is something that is always evolving. The wonderful thing about being an elementary art teacher too is the lack of grades! I don’t have to worry about rubrics or assessment, we can just focus on making art and expressing ourselves! Studying art is what also opened my eyes to the world. I took all kinds of art history classes in university- Mayan art, Greek and Roman art, African art, and many more. Learning about different art made me want to visit the places to see it for myself!
TT: Wonderful! Tell us about your travels.
S: I travel during my annual breaks from school. Last summer I spent six weeks backpacking through Eastern Europe. The trip began in Budapest and I traveled through Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Romania for two weeks. I then returned to Budapest and spent two weeks taking Hungarian language classes and absorbing as much Hungarian culture as I could. The last two weeks were spent in Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. It was busy summer, but an incredible experience. At the moment, I’m currently making plans for next summer and for a shorter trip during my spring break.
TT: Fabulous. How did you find this travel opportunity?
S: I came up with this opportunity on my own! I knew I wanted to spend my summer traveling and I wanted to spend time in Budapest, so that is what the trip was built around. My grandmother is Hungarian and I wanted my first independent trip to include my heritage. I did all the research and arranged everything myself.
TT: How did you fund this trip?
S: I saved up all year for this trip! I sacrificed my social life and my appearance a little bit (no manicures or new clothes!) but it was definitely worth it. My grandmother also assisted me with the Hungarian language classes and my apartment in Budapest. She always wanted me to travel to Hungary to learn her native language.