Educating Americans to Embrace and Promote

By Vannetta Perry, Susan Tingey, Joleen Welborn, Jose Max Lima Maia and Rebecca Maese.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This colloquium presents convergent models of educating travellers on global sustainability. Through multimedia presentations, we integrate diverse perspectives on value-sensitive educational tourism from American educators and an indigenous Brasilian naturalist.

Keywords: Value-sensitive Educational Tourism, Experiential Learning, Sustainability, Culturally Sensitive

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.55-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 851.521KB).

Dr. Vannetta Perry

Dr Vannetta Perry is an educational consultant from the State of New Mexico, USA. Since 1999, she has directed international research projects for educators in developing countries and has initiated numerous collaborations between US and host country universities. These projects have grown to involve the development of commercial tourism projects that Dr Perry terms "value-sensitive educational tourism" with the organization, Global EduTrek. As project director of Global EduTrek, Dr Vannetta Perry is responsible for all aspects of international educational project planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. The international projects Dr Perry develops focus on studying the socio-economic and cultural aspects of a community within a developing country and their complex relationship with the environmental quality of that community, providing a fascinating setting for in-depth research and experiential learning.

Joleen Welborn

Joleen Welborn was born and raised in New Mexico. She earned a degree in Biology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1999. She now teaches 7th grade math at Sarracino Middle School in Socorro, New Mexico. Joleen's first international experience was with a grant by the U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad program. With project coordinator, Dr Vannetta Perry, she spent a month in China studying the educational system as well as issues with environmental water chemistry and water law. Since then, she has returned to Asia to teach English in China and visit Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea. She has also travelled again with Dr Vannetta Perry to Ghana, West Africa with another grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad, where she spent a month studying the sociology of a small village called Wusuta. Joleen has a vision to inspire global awareness in her classroom through classroom projects, and credits her ability to do so through her international travels.

Jose Max Lima Maia

An Amazon specialist, I am of the Mamori Tribe of Autazes country, state of Amazonas, Brasil. The Mamori. I share days in this place with my foreign friends who go as renewed one, abundance and tranquillity gives to the Amazon native and visitor alike a sense of spirit, happy and hospitable. I expert in swimming, driving a boat and knowing forest mysteries and secrets. I teach my visitors of medicinal plants, their harvesting and use; and sustainable living in the forest. Fluent in Tupi Indian language, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, I am self taught in History, Geography, Biology, Ecology, Botany, Entomology and Zoology of the Amazon Rain Forest, in a very different perspective of universities. My perspective is from the point of view of preservation, the non-predatory view, and this led me to love my land — the Amazon and my new friends — the tourists.

Rebecca Maese

I was born and raised in the Hispanic culture in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico. I am the daughter of Valentin and Josefina Maese, who were happily married for 48 years, until my father passed away in 1995. I am one of their fourteen children who range in age from 54 to 34. My father was a physical scientists and a farmer. My mother is a homemaker. My parents are excellent role models. They are both very deserving of admiration. I attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Bilingual Endorsement from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I was recently selected to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to Brasil. What an unforgettable learning experience! This experience offered me the opportunity to broaden my horizons professionally. I have been a bilingual educator for 13 years and was a bilingual lead teacher fro 5 years. As a bilingual lead teacher, I was responsible for guiding other bilingual teachers, attending district meetings, and holding meetings for our bilingual teachers. I have taught first through third and fifth grades. Currently I am teaching third grade at Desert Hills Elementary. Teaching and learning are a passion of mine. I have a great love of languages and culture. I savor the opportunity to experience diverse cultures. I am always in search of new perspectives and of the opportunity or the professional and personal growth. I lead a culturally diverse life. I have a great appreciation of culture, a strong foundation in family and absolutely love educating children.


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