Why I Support the National Peace Corps Association: Global Education… and a Husband!
By Erica Burman on Thursday, November 15th, 2012
When Audrey Scherer signed up for the National Peace Corps Association’s (NPCA) educator trip to Ghana in 2004, she never envisioned where that would take her. Yes, she got the homestays, school visits and cultural immersion she wanted. She was able to bring booklets that her students in Baltimore had made about their communities and school. She was able to share those with another middle school classroom in Akosombo, then bring stories and photos back to her students. She was even able to set up an exchange between her classroom and that same middle school classroom.
But what came before and next are better told in her words, an inspiring demonstration of why she supports NPCA.
From lesson plan ideas to a range of professional development opportunities, NPCA offers a depth of resources on global education you can’t find anywhere else. It is truly the premier professional network for teachers interested in global education, thanks to the tireless efforts of NPCA’s staff, interns, and dedicated volunteers.
On a personal note, many RPCVs have their Peace Corps experience to thank for introducing them to their future spouses. I never served in the Peace Corps, but I can say I have my NPCA experience to thank for introducing me to my husband. We met on a Global TeachNet trip to Ghana in 2004. Both of us were middle school teachers at the time, and we started a partnership between our classes in Ghana and the United States. Now, 8 years later, we are married and have a 1-year-old daughter.
Personally and professionally, NPCA has had a lasting impact on me. Thank you for your leadership, your advocacy, and your commitment to supporting global educators!”
And thank you to you, Audrey, for making a financial commitment in support of NPCA’s work in Global Education!
Audrey Scherer Tetteh is the Education Program Director for ICONS Project, an organization engaging in online roleplay simulations about global issues. (Learn more about ICONS and other classroom resources on the education section of NPCA’s website.)
To learn more about the many ways you can support the National Peace Corps Association, visit our Contributing page. Or to make a donation online now, click here. Learn about NPCA’s recently launched Next Step Travel program here.