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We were lucky to visit the historical rooms of the White House

I am thankful to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and the American Councils for International Education for organizing that wonderful experience for us. We, a group of 30 teachers from Ukraine, national winners of the US-Ukraine “Partners in Education” teachers exchange program, spent six weeks in the US. It was an "all-inclusive" trip, as it were. First of all, we, a group of 30 Ukrainian educators and a group of 30 Russian educators, attended a week-long orientation seminar at Governor's House Hotel in Washington D.C. After the seminar, the Ukrainian educators group was split into three groups. The group of ten teachers from Luhansk region went to the state of Wisconsin, where we had our month-long internship.

Visiting the Library of the Congress

I had my internship at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  My colleagues, the faculty members and staff at NDA, warmly welcomed me at this private Catholic school. I got a temporary school e-mail address as all my colleagues had. It was interesting to read different notices and advertisements the teachers got during the day – dozens of them every week. No special time-consuming sittings or meetings like those that we have – everything goes via electronic mail! You only have to open your mailbox and read all the mail you get during the day. Isn’t that convenient!

Before my trip to the United States, I had a very vague idea of the Internet and computers in general. Before coming to our schools, we stayed in De Pere, WI, where had seminars and lectures at St.

Our stay in Milwaukee was great!
Norbert College. Computer classes were also on the program. These classes helped me overcome my awkwardness in the work with computers and with Internet. I managed to find many interesting and useful websites that complemented the big lists of education sites we received at our Internet classes. Thanks to my stay in the United States and assistance of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States and the American Councils for International Education, I improved my computer skills.

We managed to do a lot of great things during our stay in Washington D.C.:

  1. Historical Tours and Sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
  2. Visits to the National Mall and Smithsonian museums;
  3. Historical tour of Washington, D.C.;
  4. Tour of the White House;
  5. Visit to the Library of Congress;
  6. Visit to the Senate Gallery;
  7. Visit to the Capitol building, including the rotunda and the old Supreme Court;
  8. Attendance of the performance of "Spirit" - A Journey in Dance, Drums and Song, and dances Native American culture (at the the National Theater).
    Near Washington National Cathedral

It was great to see how much attention people pay to their national parks and how beautiful those parks were!

I was in some of Wisconsin's places near Lake Michigan and enjoyed the views and the surroundings. Forests in the United States, as I saw them in Wisconsin, are just marvelous! There are places such as Door County where time seems to stand still.

I stayed in a family of teachers in Green Bay. Our group visited Madison, Appleton, Door County (a very popular resort), Milwaukee and Chicago. It was great we could allow some time to visit Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay, WI, during our stay there.

Among my fondest memories I would like to mention the following:

  1. Dining at a Mexican restaurant. "Los Banditos" mexican restaurant, Green Bay, Wisconsin, was splendid! I enjoyed what they call the atmosphere of a Mexican dwelling.
    Our lunch at Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton
    The waiters were very helpful and the prices were reasonable. Our dinner at "Pedro's" Restaurant in Madison brought the Mexican cuisine still closer to me.
  2. A month stay in my host family in Green Bay, WI;
  3. Meeting American students and colleagues;
  4. Visiting the main sights of several towns and cities.
  5. Going to the IMAX Dome Theater in Chicago and IMAX Dome Theater in Milwaukee;
  6. Some shopping in Michigan Avenue in Chicago;
  7. Traveling by the Metrorail System in Washington D.C.;
  8. Walking along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. ;
  9. Having dinner at a Ponderossa Restaurant;
  10. Staying at my first hotel in the United States: "The Governor's House" in Rhode Island Avenue, Washington D.C.;
  11. Staying at "Radisson Hotel" in Washington D.
    A word of thanks from us at the teachers' conference at Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton
    C., where we had our debriefing in the fall of 1999;
  12. Staying at "Congress Plaza Hotel", Chicago, Il,  where we stayed for two nights during our Chicago tour in 1999;
  13. Staying at "Paper Valley Hotel" in Appleton where we had our teachers' conference.

My school and I have benefited from my participation in “Partners in Education” program. I brought a lot of books, booklets and posters for my students.

Thanks to the grant received in the United States, I could buy a computer on coming back home and started working on the Internet!

I am very thankful to the the American Councils for International Education for being so thoughtful and helpful throughout the program. Thanks a lot! It was very kind of you to invite us all!

HORSCHECK says:
Victor, congrats on your featured travel blog. Very interesting story here.
Posted on: Jun 01, 2017
Paulovic says:
Congrats on being featured today!
Posted on: Jun 01, 2017
starship1 says:
What a great review of your time spent in the US! I once got to travel to Italy for work and it was a fantastic experience.
Posted on: May 15, 2017
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