While studying abroad at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, Meredith College junior Lauren Casteen is serving as a travel correspondent for a program called Reach the World (RTW), an organization that connects classrooms in the U.S. with volunteer world travelers.
Casteen is one of 30 college students selected for the program. She has been paired with an elementary school in Hope Mills, N.C., and plans to visit the classroom when she returns from Scotland.
A Teaching Fellow, Casteen is earning a degree in history and 9-12 licensure. As a future teacher, the educational aspect of the RTW program appealed to Casteen.
“Reach the World Travel Correspondents get paired with a classroom in a Title 1 (low income) school,” Casteen explains. “Over the course of the semester, we will blog, email and videoconference with the students using the Reach the World website. The goal is to inspire these students to have an interest in other cultures, history, geography, etc., through the use of technology.”
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