Interview with Vicki Weeks

Vicki takes the role of global citizen to the next level with experiential learning, student service work, and organizational tools for educational communities across the world.

~~Q: Who are you? Introduce yourself as you would at a dinner party.


A: Hi! My name is Vicki Weeks. I'm a native Seattleite and a global citizen. I have spent my entire career in different aspects of experimental global education. I have taught in semester, public, and independent schools; traveled abroad with students, and created a comprehensive global service learning program (with sites in China, Costa Rica, Dominican republic, India, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, the Makah Indian Reservation and a migrant community in Eastern Washington.) Currently, I run a business called Global Weeks which provides strategic and program planningfor schools and other organizations interested in global and experiental education.

 Q: What is your background? How does it differ from what you are doing now?

A: My undergraduate major was German, which I don't use at all anymore, but it gave me a great foundation in language, my first opportunity to live overseas, and the launching pad for my career; I just didn't know it at the time.

 
Q: What are you working on right now?

A: I am a consultant in the field of global education. As such, I am usually working on a variety of projects. My current ones include preparing to run a workshop at the annual conference for the National Association of Independent Schools; developing a strategic plan and organizational tools for a nonprofit that supports Garfield High School students in overseas service work; planning an "alternative spring break" servicce learning experience for New York City high school seniors in New Orleans; and facilitating an audit of and planning for global programs at a school in Southern California.

 
Q: Why did you join Impact Hub?

A: A member invited me to a meeting there and I loved it! I like the fact that it is a wonderful coworking space but does so much more: creates community, connects members, offers opportunity to take clases, gets involved in causes and the local issues around Pioneer Square- and the fun, talented, fascinating people I have met!

 
Q: What is something that really excites you right now (a trend, life development, time of year, food, etc.)?

A: I am encouraged by the number of schools and other educational organizations embracing experiential learning as foundational. The intersection between classroom cirriculum and the exposure to and experience of real-world issues is really exciting. I am waiting for brain science to evolve enough to reinforce what many of us already know: our current model of education is WAY outdated and not aligned with how people actually learn.

 
Q: You have $10M to spend in the next year, and you can’t spend it on you, your friends or your family. How do you spend it?

A: I'd launch a campaign that sets the stage for a program to ensure that every student in the US, before high school graduation, has the opportunity to have a significant global experience. I believe succh a program would ensure a positive future for the planet.

 
Q: What’s on the horizon for you (a new project, career path, personal development)?

A: In June, I will help facilitate a professional development institute for teachers in Santa Fe that will help them integrate experiential education into their classrooms. Then I have the opportunity to travel to Nepal as part of another professional development opportunity for teachers to learn about the world first hand and see how they can bring it into their classrooms. So I guess professional development!

 
Q: Where do you usually hang out when you are at Impact Hub? How often are you here?

A: Depending on my travel schedule, I vascillate between the two days a month hoption and the five days a month option. I usually hang out on the second floor by the windows between the copier room and the lounge beyond.

 

Q: What is something we don’t know? (Either about you, or something else)

A: I can sing a children's song in Japanese about snow.

 
Q: Give us your top three Seattle gems!

A: 1. West Seattle, which is often overlooked: Lincoln Park, Alkii Beach, great shops and restaurants.

     2. The Lake Union/Cheshiahud Loop trail for walking and running.

     3. The Henry Art Gallery and Burke Museum on the UW campus.

 


Contact Vicki at globalweeks@gmail.com .