The One-World Library Project will host a free program, Perspectives on International Travel: A Round Table Discussion by Local High School Students at Mount Abe Union High School on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Guided by guest moderators Alice Leeds and Gail Martin, students will talk about their journeys to foreign cultures and how the experience has affected them.
Course credit is given for many travel programs allowing students to develop coursework in areas like music, photography or anthropology. The Vermont Global Village offers a one-month trip to Ghana, West Africa which includes a two week study of traditional African arts and crafts at the Dagbe Cultural and Arts Center.
Yuki Davis, a student at Mount Abe, attended the 2009 session in March and felt it was a valuable experience. "My trip to Ghana was definitely more than what I expected. Not only was it culturally enriching, with the experience of living in an entirely different environment, but the friendships I made and the people I met will always stay with me."
Beginning with a brief power point introduction about their individual trips, six students will share their specific travel experiences: Sierra Urich (Mt. Abe/Costa Rica), Katchen McElwain (Mt. Abe/France & Spain), Alia Johnson (Gailer/Japan), Zelie Wright-Neil (MUHS/India), Hannah Faesy (Mt. Abe/Ghana), and a student from Green Across the Pacific.
The student panel will take place in the large cafeteria at Mount Abe High School just off Main Street in Bristol.