It’s a new year and the best way to mark it is by relaunching a Chicks segment. Believe me, you’ll want to meet Jenny Buccos. Follow the breadcrumbs of a business minded project manager’s awakening to the gifts of travel. Jenny saw a deficit in the world and instead of dismissing it – she started a non-profit organization – one that blends joy, discovery and circling the globe. But not just for anyone, her educational multimedia content targets the most impressionable – school children. If you’re an educator or just intensely curious about our global community, welcome to ProjectExplorer.org.
Q: You founded ProjectExplorer.org in 2003. Why combine education, children and a video travel series? What did you see in the world that was lacking and prompted you to start this organization?
A: In the early stages of developing ProjectExplorer.org, I found that people had a wide variety of preconceived notions about other countries and cultures, particularly here in America where our culture, news, and discussions can be so inwardly focused.
In our rapidly shrinking world, I believe global understanding is a critical 21st century skill that all students will need to possess in order to succeed. Seeing foreign places firsthand and having my own beliefs challenged was a real awakening for me, and I wanted to try and give that experience to as many people as I could — especially young ones. Of course, it is not possible to take every student abroad. For me, the solution was simple: by creating free student-focused videos on global topics, thousands – even millions – could experience the world beyond their borders through online video.