English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teachers Spend Week Learning in Louisville

A group of English teachers from around the world arrived in Louisville last Tuesday to learn about risk management in education. The program focused on risk management through things such as emergency procedures (missing children, strangers in the building, etc) and organizational techniques (sign ins, photo id practices, etc). Throughout the week, we arranged activities so that they could take advantage of the cultural and educational institutions in Louisville.

The first thing our visitors did was head to The Table, which is a restaurant staple in our Portland neighborhood. The Table is an American restaurant which is completely run by volunteers and offers creative payment options for those who cannot afford a meal. Afterwards, the group headed to the Sewing Seeds with Faith Summer Camp. This newly created summer camp aims to close the achievement gap between low income and higher income students in the Louisville area by covering topics such as academic achievement, financial literacy, social etiquette, coding, and more. The visitors had the opportunity to observe the activities of the camp, interact with students, and speak with administrators about the community need for camps like this. After a busy day at the summer camp, the group had the opportunity to head to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass to participate in a staple of American culture: shopping.

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The next day, the visitors headed for Catholic Charities, where they were able to observe camp activities and meet with organization representatives to learn about their ESL program for refugees and summer youth camps. They had lively discussions regarding refugee relations in the United States and emergency procedures for camps. At the end of their Catholic Charities visit, they had the opportunity to eat at Catholic Charities’ restaurant, the Common Table, which empowers and trains those who need assistance to cook. After having some great food at Common Table, the group headed to the Kentucky Science Center where they learned about emergency and organizational procedures for risk management and toured classrooms, supply rooms, and some of the museum exhibits. To close out the evening, they had the opportunity to watch a Kentucky Shakespeare production in the park, and our visitor from Kazakhstan even learned how to play tennis at the park with some kind gentlemen from Trinidad!

Photos from Day 2:

On Friday, the group spent the day at YMCA Camp Piomingo, where they met with administrators and saw camp activities. Camp Piomingo has campers from age 6-16, so our group got to see a wide variety of activities for different ages! The visitors closed out their day with a beautiful sunset cruise on the historic Belle of Louisville.

Photos from Day 3:

Saturday was a busy cultural day for our group, as they had a guided tour of the Thomas Edison house, lunch at Butchertown Grocery, and then visited Louisville cultural museums like the Muhammad Ali Center and the Kentucky Derby Museum. For their final dinner, the guests had the opportunity to have an incredible dinner at the home of one of our board members and a community leader, Judge Angela Bisig.

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