Day 0 - In a few hours it will be Day 1 and I will wake up early to lead 18 students and 2 teachers on a two week adventure through New Mexico and Arizona. Our aim is to go beyond the classroom and offer an experience to learn from our diverse culture and landscape. I hope that in the coming days more stories will be created and posted for your enjoyment. Benjamin Burg Day 2 - Trip to New Mexico & Arizona After a long trip we finally arrived to the motel near the airport in E
Day 3 We woke up this morning on the Pecan farm after a very cold night. But it did not take long for it warm up. After breakfast we to visit the Pecan farm, we got to see cotton fields, and an organic flower garden. In New Mexico there is not much water and we learned about how water the farms. After lunch we played group games, which was really fun. We also had to clean up our campsite. Then we started to drive to a next place. Along the way we ate at a fast food restaurant
Beyond the Classroom continues. 19 wonderful students from Albuquerque have arrived with many excited Warsaw students. 2nd day. Annual visit to Warsaw Old Town with the treasure hunt. Such a lovely warm day to great our New Mexican guests
Trip to Poland - Fundacja Primus and TMMS Exchange - Day10 -12. You know life is fulfilling when there is hardly time to write a blog or Facebook. That’s kind of funny, because at the same time, it takes a lot going on to have good stories to share. Well, a week has passed, a few days after the TMMS students returned to Albuquerque. It took a little while to sink in that this was Gaja Learning’s first trip with students from the USA visiting Poland. And since I, Benjamin Burg
Trip to Poland - Fundacja Primus and TMMS Exchange - Day 5-8. Again the days fly by. Day 5 we departed for Krakow region. After a long bus ride we arrived at Wieliczka Salt Mine. I asked the kids, what was the best part, "licking the walls." It's so hard to believe the whole place is carved out of salt, the only way to prove it was to lick the walls. Well, perhaps a better approach is to wet the finger and touch the wall to get the salty taste, but it was fun watching them ex
Trip to Poland - Day 2-4 Wow, that went fast. Hosting, organizing, teaching, leading, that'll make time go by fast. So, Day 2 was with host families Day 3 - The Polin Museum with workshop on overcoming discrimination of Polish Jews and Native Americans. Day 4 - Polish, Spanish and New Mexican Music Happening at Primus with afternoon climb in trees a Line Park. Museum of the History of Polish Jews Workshop at Polin Museum — at Museum of the History of Polish Jews Getting ready
Trip to Poland - Fundacja Primus and TMMS Exchange - Day 1 Warsaw Old Town Treasure Hunt to explore the Old Town and get to know each other. 20 questions prepared by Polish students, ranging from silly counting of items, to finding dates of historical monuments, to asking questions to learn about past legends. First Group Photo in Old Town Searching for evidence of WWII at St. Johns Church.
Part 2 of the great adventure begins. 18 students and 3 teachers all the way from Albuquerque, NM arrived safely in Warsaw. What a special day for those that were guests back in October to now be hosts for their friends they met some 7 months ago. It might be a little blurry, that's the idea, clarity will sink in as we venture further.
Trip to Kimberton - Final days Day 7 and 8 By Benjamin Burg The days are so busy that hardly time to get the kids to sit down and write. We owe a few more stories to at least show that we are alive and well. Fri, May 1 was US Constitution Center and Tadeusz Kościuszko day. Living News at the Constitution Center is the act to see. Nice and personal the actors presented a few issues regarding the interpretation and protection of peoples rights through the US Constitution. Anoth
Trip to Kimberton Day 6 - Thu. April 30 We spent the day at Beaver Run, a Waldorf School for children with special needs. It was a magical day and I am overwhelmingly proud of my students. To spend an entire day with children of special needs, to embrace the unknown, to listen attentively, to perform and interact with such care, this is truly and act of greater learning. Thank you students of Primus ! We made Seed Balls lead by Shamanic Teacher, Melinda Joy. Thank you Melinda
Day 3 – Mon. April 27 By Jan Zdzieborski When we first got to the school everyone was looking at us like were would be mosters. Then we got to the library and we had some integrating exercises. Then we had a main lesson, after that we had music lessons, we were throwing balls and introducing ourselves to each other. Then we practiced the song we will sing at Beaver Run in front of the American students. Then we had gym class and we learned how to juggle. After lunch we went s
Day 1 - Sat. April 24 We went to New York in a big group. First we went to Times Square then we went to Rockefeller Center where we saw a fountain with pink rubber ducks, a giant lego shop and many other interesting things. After that we went to the World Trade Center memorial which is actually a waterfall. Next we stayed at the Central Park where everyone sat on a giant rock and played truth or dare together with the American kids. Then we drove to Wall Street and walke
Gaja Learning's first fundraising, 2245 US Dollars raise. Thanks you !!!! Envision American students leading their Polish peers in discussions about Native American civilizations on a visit to an Indian Reservation and then Polish students guiding Americans on a tour of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in the heart of what once was the Warsaw Ghetto. Feel Nature’s healing power as children explore the high desert in New Mexico and the forest valleys of Poland. We int
Greetings. This trips always end with quick speed and then I find myself thrown right back into the local world and it's wonderful demands. It's a nice feeling to be needed smile emoticon Regardless, before too much time goes by. The conclusion of another wonderful adventure. Benjamin Burg, Author of Gaja Learning’s Beyond the Classroom, organized with Fundacja Primus and Kimberton Waldorf School (KWS) the Trip to Kimberton 2014. The KWS 7th Grade class and their families fro
Saturday we went to visit Valley Forge National Historical Park. We were riding on bicycles for a nine kilometers. Our guide asked us all to imagine that it’s December 1777 and it’s cold and it’s snowing. We are all now soldiers of the Continental Army fighting the British. We saw the cabins where the soldiers lived and one man dressed up as a soldier. We learned how hard life was like for the soldiers, how they cut down all the trees, how they had carry water for kilometers.
At 9am we left for Philadelphia to visit the US Constitution Center. We got to see the Freedom Rising show and look around the museum. After the museum we went on a long and tiring tour around Philadelphia. We saw where Tadeusz Kościuszko lived and questioned Thomas Jefferson about slavery. We also got a chance to go on an American sumbmarine. At 1:30pm we finally got to Jon’s to eat the famous Philadelphia Cheese Steak sandwiches. For dessert we went ot Rita’s for Italian Ic
We started the day at school as usual by singing and juggling. Then we proceed to write in our journals. After the break we went gardening. It wasn’t the most exciting activity. We were planning flowers to attract the bees who will pollinate the fruits plants. Then we had lunch. Next was Eurythmy, I never had this kind of class before and it was kind of interesting. We also got to teach the 7th grade students some Polish. We ended the school day with Music. After school I spe
We started the day with 7th graders from KWS. We continued to learn to sing and play the Cups Song and to juggle, now we are up to two balls. After that we went bowling with the 7th grade class. We divided into small groups and played with our American friends. In my group everyone won at least once . Then we went back to school. After lunch we went to the big playing fields to learn how to play softball. It was something new for us and it was lots of fun. After school we got
Tuesday morning we found out that unfortunately we couldn’t stay with our host class to learn how to juggle, instead we went straight to the bus and after a 30 min. drive we got out and went to Starbucks. On the train we had to sit next to talkative Americans but that was fun. The whole group walked to the Museum. The University of Pennsylvania campus was gorgeous. At the museum we learned about mummy makings. The people that taught us about were really cool and the lesson wa