Help a School Teacher Win a Teacher Trek to The Globe!

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Million Mile Secrets reader Brent teaches English in a public high school in Reno, Nevada.  He’s been selected as one of 30 finalists of the Hilton HHonors Teacher Trek competition!

Hilton Teacher Trek

Hilton Teacher Trek

The final 30 were selected by both teachers as well as education experts at the Institute of International Education (which helped institute the Fulbright Scholars program).

The winning teachers get:

  • $2,500 to be used for cultural activities and enhancements at their schools
  • $6,000 to take a “trip of a lifetime” and share their travels & cultural knowledge with students

Brent plans on staying in Hilton hotels and couch-surfing in Tokyo, Moscow, Prague, London, and Stratford-upon-Avon.  He’ll watch different Shakespeare productions and discuss with both the actors and audience how the plays resonate within that culture.

Brent writes:

“The reason that Shakespeare is popular throughout the world is that he writes about the human condition, and the human condition is the same whether one lives in the fast-paced megalopolis of Tokyo, or the glacial outreaches of the Arctic Circle.

My belief is that by placing Shakespeare in a global context, students will not only understand the plays in greater depth, but also be better equipped to push past the stereotypes and misperceptions that too often characterize our understandings of other cultures.  Ultimately, that’s my goal—to help students learn to think broadly and deeply about the world in which they live.”

Brent has a real chance at making the world a better place, so please vote for him in the Hilton Teacher Trek competition.  You can enter once per day up to April 30, 2013 and you will be entered for a chance to win $250 gift cards.

How to Vote

Step 1

Click on the Hilton Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition.

Step 2

Click on “Brent B” in the middle column, 4 rows down.

Vote for Brent

View Brent’s Entry

Step 3

Click “Cast Your Vote” if you are not registered.  Otherwise register for a chance to earn $250 in gift cards!

Submit Your Vote

Submit Your Vote

Here’s a fun video of Shakespeare plays in Brent’s classroom!

http://youtu.be/n9Np4cmS98w

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17 responses to “Help a School Teacher Win a Teacher Trek to The Globe!

  1. I read most of the entries. Even without your nudge my vote would go to him. Let’s help him win, it took less than one minute.

  2. Uh oh! I went on to vote, but then I really liked Steve W (blame the math nerd in me). Luckily, I can vote again tomorrow

  3. When you factor in the tax liability, winning a travel contest isn’t necessarily a great thing. Brent — and most everyone else reading this blog — could do the same trip “for free” by applying for some credit cards. In fact, if he’s a regular reader, I suspect he has already done so!

  4. Iahphx, they actually give you an additional $1500 to offset taxes!

    Acker, thanks!

    Smitty06, thanks for considering voting for me tomorrow!

  5. Voted. Good luck, Brent!

  6. Jimgotkp, thank you!

  7. voted.

  8. Andy O., thanks! It’s very much appreciated!

  9. What a fascinating idea for a contest! I came upon the story of another finalist: http://www.hngnews.com/sun_prairie_star/
    In her essay, Sandra K wrote that she would travel to the Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania, and Mauritius, east of Madagascar “… to observe firsthand how the people on both of these islands – comprised of minorities and the meeting of cultures that have been in conflict in other parts of the world – have found ways to live side-by-side…”

  10. Voted for Brent!

  11. Thanks Diana!

  12. I’ve voted. Good luck Brent!

  13. iahphx@yahoo.com

    Brent — Glad to hear they’re giving the winner money to help pay the taxes.

    And at least from the description, it sounds like the winner gets cash to do the trip — not free hotel rooms and airline tickets (or the equivalent in loyalty points). You’d better make sure, though, because it is extremely bad to “win” free trips and loyalty points, due to the high valuation the sponsor is likely to put on them. Honestly, it’s better to do things like buy Vanilla Reload cards than win a “free trip.”

  14. Jenny, thank you for voting!

    iahphx, I read it as they would give cash as well. But thanks for pointing it out… it’s definitely something I’ll keep an eye on!

  15. Just voted. Good luck! I’m curious why you’re not visiting Italy, where several Shakespearean plays were set (i.e. Verona, Venice, etc.)

  16. Thanks Joey! Italy was one of the places I seriously considered, but I ended up choosing Prague because I heard that its Shakespeare festival was more well-respected than Rome’s… this wasn’t done without serious second guessing, though!

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