Last summer, donations from the citizens of Poughkeepsie funded a trip for two public school teachers to travel to Oaxaca to learn about the cultural and historical backgrounds of many of their pupils and their families. Upon return, the teachers shared their experiences with their colleagues, students, parents and school officials.
The head of the Dutchess County Arts Council and a member of our Friendship Committee also made a trip to Oaxaca to contact some of the many artisans who work in weaving, pottery, jewelry making and other crafts to explore the possibilities of an artisan exchange program between our two regions. I had visited many of these artisans on our Road Scholar trip and was impressed with the quality and beauty of their work. Two rugs, a necklace and other purchases remind me of our visit to Oaxaca and Puebla.
We hope that the cross-cultural experience that was born in our Road Scholar program will continue to grow for the residents of Oaxaca and Poughkeepsie as they learn more about each other through cultural and political exchanges.
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About the Author:
Eleanor (Ellie) Charwat comes from Poughkeepsie New York, where she lives with husband Martin. They love to travel and have been on many Road Scholar trips. Ellie also helped start the Marist College Center for Lifetime Study, an affiliate of the Road Scholar Network, which now has 650 members! Ellie was an administrator at Marist College for 13 years, was elected as a town councilman and a library trustee and is active in many volunteer activities. She and Martin lived in Curitiba, Brazil for four years when he was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Ellie taught English. The Charwats have two children and eight grandchildren to whom they are passing on the travel bug!