Class of 2011 Profile: Carson Koller

Introducing Carson Koller, an English and Math teacher joining class of 2011 from Bend, Oregon!
Carson Koller 
Despite his avid love for backpacking, hiking, and the outdoors in general, Carson managed to earn a B.A. in Classics and History from the University of Puget Sound.  After graduation, Carson traveled to Uganda and spent most of 2008 teaching sexual reproductive health in a rural village.  Upon his return, Carson worked toward and, to his pleasant surprise, was awarded a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Boston College.  In an effort to be closer to family and trees, Carson moved to Seattle, Washington where he has been teaching English, history, and math at Dartmoor School for the past year. Carson is excited to be posted to Samtengang Middle Secondary School in Wangdiphodrang to teach English and math to grades 7 – 9.

Class of 2011 Profile: Julia Tousley – Ritt

We are pleased to introduce you to Julia, a primary teacher from Oregon who is heading to Mongar in Eastern Bhutan.
Julia Tousley-Ritt 

Julia grew up in a small town in Ohio near Lake Erie and knew from the second grade that she wanted to be a teacher. She has taught kindergarten, first-second grade blend, fourth grade, and has been the TAG coordinator at schools in Oregon and Ohio. 
Julia is very excited to have the unique opportunity to teach in Bhutan and will be teaching English and Special Education in grades 3 to 6 at Mongar Lower Secondary School.  Her husband, Charly, will be joining her.

Follow Julia on her blog Julia’s Journeys

Class of 2011 Profile: Scott Harris

Meet Scott, a math and science teacher joining BCF class of 2011 from Southern Utah, USA. 
Scott Harris  
Scott was raised on a farm in Southern Utah and has spent the last 25 years working as a pharmacist. Previously Scott taught math and science at Parowan High School.  He has also been a tutor for math and physics. In his free time Scott enjoys canyoneering, hiking, 4-wheeling, traveling and seeing new places. 
Scott is heading to the small rural town of Yadi in Eastern Bhutan to teach Math and Chemistry at Yadi Middle Secondary School.

What is Gross National Happiness?

Here at BCF we talk a lot about Gross National Happiness. For our teachers heading to the field in a matter of weeks GNH is about to become a big part of their teaching lives as they learn to integrate GNH values and beliefs into their classrooms. But what is GNH really? Most simply, it is “development with values.” We’ll let this little video explain the rest!

Introducing the Class of 2011!

Recruitment for 2010 is over, and we here at The Bhutan Canada Foundation are happy to announce that we are sending 16 amazing new teachers to Bhutan in the New Year. They are teaching a variety of subjects and grades in remote communities all across the kingdom. This is in addition to 5 out of 6 of our 2010 teachers renewing, which brings us to a total of 21 BCF teachers in the field in 2011!

In our first year recruiting outside of Canada we are happy to report that we have 14 Canadians, 6 Americans and 2 Australians heading to Bhutan for year long contracts. We are going to profile all of our teachers over the next few weeks leading up to their departure so stay tuned!
Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Julian Richards and Shauna West, a teaching couple from Lake Louise, Alberta who are heading to Bartsham in Eastern Bhutan.
Shauna West 

Shauna was born and raised in the lovely maritime province of Nova Scotia where her key interests were sailing and skiing. Lured by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, she moved west to the small ski hamlet of Lake Louise, Alberta at twenty years of age, and she currently resides there with her husband, Julian, working summers for Parks Canada. Shauna is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s BA program with a major in English and the University of Calgary’s BEd program. A great love of cycle travel in several remote mountain regions of the world inspired a desire to visit and work in the Kingdom of Bhutan, where she is teaching for the 2011 school year. Shauna has been placed at Bartsham Middle Secondary School in Trashigang, Eastern Bhutan, to teach English to grades 7 to 11 students.
Julian Richards

Born in England and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Julian is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for the mountains and mountain cultures. Julian has been a resident of Banff National Park for more than 20 years and enjoys backcountry camping & trekking, downhill mountain biking and ski touring in the Rocky Mountains. Julian regularly journeys to the Andean, Sierra Madre and Himalayan regions where he explores by cycle touring on the great rough & rewarding roads of the world. Julian is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Latin American Studies BA and Masters of Teaching BEd programs. Along with his wife, Shauna, Julian is very excited to be teaching in Bhutan for the 2011 school year. Julian will be teaching English to grades 4 to 6 at Bartsham Primary School in Eastern Bhutan.

BCF Receives a Google Grant!

The Bhutan Canada Foundation has been selected to receive a very generous Google Grants award, which will provide up to $10,000 of in-kind promotional funding each month. This funding will give a boost to already strong teacher recruitment efforts.

The Google Grants programme supports organisations sharing Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy and the arts.

Designed for registered non-profit organisations, Google Grants is a unique in-kind advertising programme that harnesses the power of Google AdWords, Google’s flagship advertising product. Google Grants has awarded free AdWords advertising to many non-profit groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education.