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To connect people who are interested in improving the opportunities for children and adults to learn, and to share ideas to do so. Special focus is given to preparing people for the global economy through education and cross-cultural experience.
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I’m an American, living in the Boston area. I became interested in French language and culture through a summer exchange program when I was 16. During my university studies, I lived in Paris for a year. I also studied Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese.
I’ve had roommates and students from Japan, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Colombia, Denmark, Haiti, Germany, Poland, France, India, Switzerland, Taiwan, Estonia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, Vietnam, and Togo, and have traveled to over 200 cities in 9 countries. In addition, my work in a global company put me in daily contact with colleagues in 60 cities on 5 continents and customers worldwide.
I have been speaking only French to my children, since the minute they were born.
To err is human. But let’s all try to be respectful, realizing that people will have different experiences and points of view. Life would be boring and never progress if everyone always agreed on everything.
The concept of “tree” may depend on your culture or geographic location.
- Baobab, candelabra tree, banana tree: Jennifer Thorson
- Bonsai: N.Design Studio, http://www.keepdesigning.com/photography/bonsai-tree-photos-free-stock-photography/
- Maple tree: Valerie Rushanan