Project WET staff are accustomed to traveling the globe to train educators to teach about water. It’s more rare that the world comes to Bozeman, home of the Project WET Foundation’s headquarters. International teachers from 11 different countries recently participated in a Project WET workshop as part of the six-week-long Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and IREX and hosted by World Montana and Montana State University. Project WET summer intern Rosalyn Kutsch—who was herself a State Department exchange participant to Mongolia—took part as a trainer and also wrote an article about the experience for the Bozeman High School Hawk Tawk student newspaper. The blog post below is based on Rosalyn’s article, which appeared in the November 1st edition of Hawk Tawk:
Bozeman High School students may have noticed some foreign teachers around campus recently, but they probably didn’t realize that the school was serving as the site of an important international educational exchange that brought 19 teachers from 11 different countries to Bozeman. For one week of their six-week-long stay, they were paired with local teachers to learn new educational methods to bring back to their home countries. Part of that experience included a teaching workshop hosted by Project WET. I assisted in running the workshop and spoke with many of the guest teachers about water education and technology in their countries.
The interaction between Project WET and the international teachers was an ideal way to exemplify the importance of education in shaping behavioral changes. Many countries around the world struggle with ensuring clean drinking water and appreciate the vital linkage between water and the health of a community. To address that, the international teachers learned several games and activities to teach their own students about water quality and water and health.