I hope this can be a way to put you in my luggage so you can join me on my journey to Mongolia, Sept. 30 – Oct. 20, 2013. I am going under the auspices of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in EFL/Linguistics, administered by the US Department of State, to work with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbataar, the capitol.
The chair of the American Studies and English Department there and I worked out a proposal that will include some workshops with faculty, visiting schools in which English is taught, and more. Since I am also a folksinger I offered an all ages musical event at some point, with American folk song singalongs — should be fun!
So, today I got 3 shots and a pill: flu, Hepatitis A, Hepatitus B, and Typhoid. Already feeling a bit “weird!”
I’ve been soliciting ideas for meaningful, light, inexpensive gifts for the teachers and have some good ideas. Other musicians who belong to the Children’s Music Network have been sending me gift CDs for the teachers, because children’s music is great for English learning. I’ll bring some of my own CDs, of course! Other ideas include scarves, wrapped chocolate, Chicago pins or magnets….we shall see.
I really liked the description my contact gave of the Mongolian people – she said “We are very carefree.” I am eager to see what that means.
Oh, I also bought very warm, insulated Keen hiking boots!