Tuesday, July 10, 2007

PFO in Houghton, NY

From July 23 to August 6, I attended Pre-Field Orientation (PFO) in Houghton, NY. Along with 180 other attendees, I learned about the phases of transitioning to life in another country, dealing with culture stress, what to expect in the international school classroom, and how to effectively teach students from a wide range of cultures. I also made new friends and had a chance to meet many of the new staff going to Vienna Christian School (VCS) this fall. Pictured here with me are three other VCS staff members and our advisor for this training, Laura (center). While most days at PFO were devoted to training, we did have the opportunity to visit Niagra Falls on Canada Day!

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