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I am a middle school teacher who likes to take advantage of time off from school to travel. I teach in Connecticut and live just over the border in a coastal community in Rhode Island. I have lived in Bolivia and Brazil, and have traveled to Europe, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and several places in North America.
On June 28, 2016, I will be leaving the US for a year-long trip. I will be spending most of the summer in Honduras, then head to Vietnam in the fall for a four-month fellowship. After that, I will be traveling in SE Asia until June, 2017. I look forward to hosting again when I return.
If you'd like to follow my adventures, here is my blog address which will soon be up and running: http://tflanagan.us/yearabroad/
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Hoping to meet other travelers through group meetings, and eventually host travelers at my home. I look forward to learning about others' cultures.
I just completed a graduate program in instructional technology and am into learning how to use new tech tools in education. I am teaching myself the basics of photography and want to take incredible travel photos on future trips. I mostly enjoy learning about the world by meeting others.
Music, Movies, and Books
The music of Brazil left a lasting impression on me during my time there. I always seek out new artists and enjoy discovering new sounds.
I usually am drawn to art house films and not the big blockbusters.
I read a lot of middle school literature, but one of the recent great adult books I read was Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. Find Me Unafraid by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner was another amazing read.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I adopted my two sons from Brazil, was a foster parent to several children, and now have grandchildren.
Teach, Learn, Share
Well, I know a lot about middle school students . . . so I'm happy to tutor your children. If you're a teacher, I can help you out with using technology in the classroom and share other resources.
I will share my experience teaching and traveling overseas, and if you're interested in adoption or foster care, I have plenty of stories to tell.
Mostly, I'm a good listener, so I'd love to learn about you and where you're from.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Ireland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bolivia, Brazil, England, United States, Viet Nam