Back to Uganda!

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Carrie and James, partners in leading Village Wisdom Immersion Safaris.

I must admit that over the past four years, (while full of family adventure, change and growth), I have felt a void in my life-long commitment and connection to Uganda. I had to let go of guilt for not telling the Uganda story – and stay focused on the present moments and people in our lives. I knew through my communications with James Kiwuwa, that the work in western Uganda was forging on, but I didn’t really understand the magnitude of impact that James and his wife Olivia, were having on people’s lives in the same villages that stole our hearts over 20 years ago, until I read this article.

Article in the New Vision, Uganda, posted on November 7, 2015.

It brings me back to a blogpost I wrote in 2011 called “From Seeds to Fruition in 18 years.” Those seeds keep blossoming and spreading.

James and I will be co-leading a group back to Uganda in July, 2016. Stay tuned for details. I am very excited.

Rwenzori Mountains in Western Uganda

Rwenzori Mountains in Western Uganda

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New Global Education Opportunities

Carrie and her painting

Carrie and her painting

Long overdue greetings. Alongside re-entry, re-settling and job searching, I have been developing new educational programs. I’m excited to share these offerings. Please contact me if you have questions about any of the workshops/programs. Hope to see you soon!

Ayampe:Puerto Lopez - 02Webinar: Preparing for the Family Sabbatical

Like many middle class American families who dream of a year abroad, the Wagner family had no idea how to make it happen. Now, with an incredibly fantastic sabbatical year behind them, they celebrate the fate, faith and empowerment that unpacked their family sojourn abroad more beautifully than they could have ever imagined. In this webinar, Carrie Wagner will provide tips on how to plan a family sabbatical based on her family’s personal experiences including schooling for kids, deciding where to travel, finding accommodation, immersion, language study, budgeting, health and more! Join us to hear strategies for navigating a family sabbatical and you’ll leave inspired to craft your own.

adam interviewing womanPhotography Workshop in Asheville: Capturing Local Culture in Travel Photography

Get beyond the common tourist’s eye with your camera. Experience another culture at a deeper level and capture the memories with authenticity. In this workshop, you will learn: 1) How to handle the unique challenges of travel photography 2) Photographic fundamentals of composition, color, contrast, and light 3) How to balance participation in culture and documentation of experiences 4) How to create a photo slide show, using PowerPoint.

Attention Teachers in WNC!

Here is a new exciting global education opportunity for you! The Global Presenters Program is free and launches in the 2013/14 school year. Contact me if you are interested in participating. 

Global Presenters logoA collaborative effort between the Center for Diversity Education and the WNC Association of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, this free program provides global presenters to K-12 classrooms in Western North Carolina.  

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Have a great summer!   Go, Give, Learn, Experience, Discover, Engage. 

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Global Education Workshop for Teachers, Feb. 22, 2013

Global Ed Workshop for Teachers, Feb. 22, 2013

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Fall 2012 Global Education News

I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, I’m just on the other side of it.  As I have talked and written about for years, in order to fully immerse, you have to fully leave. Trying to keep up with usual blog posts and happenings in other places limits my capacity to soak in South America.  I will share the adventures and lessons upon my return to the US in January 2013. I will be available for workshops and presentations starting in Februrary.  If you want to follow our family sabbatical year,  go

However, I do want to share news about global education happening this Fall.

El Nomad:    Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca and Arturo Garate, directors of El Nomad. Based in Cuenca, this organization facilitates full immersion experiences in Ecuador including: home stays, accredited Spanish language courses, professional internships, volunteer opportunities, and customized group programs. I have been very impressed with the programs they offer, and more importantly, with Rebecca and Arturo. They are a bilingual, cross-cultural team with profound understanding of global citizenship. They cater their programs to the needs and requirements of the individuals and groups that they host. Learn more about El Nomad on the website:

Arturo is traveling to North Carolina in September to meet with global educators/administrators. He will be in the triangle area, Asheville, and Charlotte. If you have any interest in meeting with him to hear more about El Nomad’s programs, please

Melibee Global Consulting:  I am continually amazed at what an incredible resource Missy Gluckmann is for the field of global education. Visit her website and be informed!  Now offering several webinars in the field of global education, here’s the direct link for those.

Free Online Global Education Conference:  Mark you calendars for International Education Week (November 12-16). The Global Education Conference is a network of over 10,000 educators all over the world, collaborating to better prepare 21st century global citizens.  Join the network, facilitate a session, or at least attend the sessions that best meet your needs and interests. It’s free!

Muchas Gracias!

Carrie Wagner

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The Family Sabbatical Abroad

Wagners at 18,013 feet on Nevado Campa Peak in Peru

Here is an article I wrote as a guest blogger for Melibee Global.

And here is a feature article in Western North Carolina Magazine.

We have just completed nearly 3 months in Peru and we head to Ecuador on July 4th. We are Experiencing, Discovering and Engaging… will have to catch up on sharing the experiences once we have settled in Ecuador. Thanks for your interest.

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Machu Picchu Expert

We met an extraordinary man tonight. You don’t meet many folks like this. Paolo Greer, who has spent much of the last two decades studying Inca ruins, and has made 17 trips from his home in Alaska to Peru (for several-month stints), spoke tonight at a meeting of the South American Explorers Club in Cusco, Peru. In 2008 Greer made the controversial claim that Machu Picchu was “discovered” 43 years before Bingham’s arrival by an obscure German entrepreneur named Augusto Berns. He showed maps and notes written by Berns in his slideshow, which highlighted historical artifacts and photographs, supported many of his claims about Inca history – not just that of the Machu Picchu site. My family and I sat in an audience of fascinated listeners. Greer’s passion for history and archeology is rare. His aerial photography techniques were pre-google earth satellite images and his analysis of data is mind boggling for me.

We will visit Machu Picchu in June. Having Greer’s unique perspective and informed insights will make our visit more meaningful. His intent? I think mostly to bring historical awareness to one of the world’s wonders which has been (in his words,) “sadly, turned into a Disney-like attraction.”

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