UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is delighted to announce the selection of four new teachers to teach in Bhutan for their academic year of 2010 as part of the part in the UCSB-Bhutan Partnership in Education announced in October 2008. By spending the year abroad, forming international relationships, and exploring a new culture these teachers will gain fresh perspectives that will deeply enrich their future students’ learning and global awareness.
The four new teachers from UCSB – Jennifer Barnette, Joe Farksah, Cara Foster, and Kellie Shay Hinze – will leave in January 2010 to teach in primary and secondary schools in the capital city of Thimphu for the year. Bhutan is known for its beauty and isolation in the Himalayas where the concern for Gross National Happiness is the number one priority. These young teachers have chosen to accept a position to teach at a pay level of approximately $300 US dollars a month, which is barely adequate to cover all of their living expenses in Bhutan.
Returning to the United States will be Elizabeth Warren, who has pioneered the UCSB Teachers to Bhutan program. She has chronicled her year of teaching in her blog.
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has created a new Fund for International Teaching that will help support exceptional UC Santa Barbara graduates who spend a year teaching abroad. The fund will help defray the cost of transportation and living expenses, easing these teachers’ financial burdens and allowing them to concentrate more fully on their teaching and learning. Those interested in donating to the Fund for International Teaching should contact Wes Gibson, Director of Development, at 805-893-7695 or firstname.lastname@example.org
– end –