North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are three states in which ambassador teachers with Participate Learning live and work. When the weekend comes and it’s time to disconnect from the classroom, where do our teachers travel? Read on for four can’t-miss places to visit as an ambassador teacher, and make plans for the next long weekend!
1. The Outer Banks
A region of barrier islands that stretch far into the Atlantic Ocean, the Outer Banks area in North Carolina is known for its tranquility in the off-season and a plethora of outdoor activities during the summer months. While North Carolinians firmly believe the Wright Brothers were the first to achieve powered flight in Kitty Hawk in the Outer Banks in 1903, the title of “First in Flight” is hotly contested by some.
The Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is also home to our Dare County dual language programs, a partnership that is one of the first to have a dual language program in all elementary schools in the district.
NC is truly a beautiful state and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many places here. I would always recommend a trip to Oak Island, the Outer Banks or the mountains for a new place to explore and the most beautiful scenery! #AmbassadorSummerCamp #UnitingOurWorld pic.twitter.com/49n1UFSaiX
— Ms Wrigley's 4th Graders! (@MsWrigley4th) July 21, 2020
2. Washington, DC
The US capital is home to a great number of national landmarks and some of the best museums in the country. Consider visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Gallery of Art, or the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History once they open again with social distancing measures.
It is a quick weekend getaway for many teachers and should rank high on your to-do list for a long weekend! Prince William County is considered a suburb of Washington, DC, and more than one hundred ambassador teachers live, work, and play in the area.
3. The South Carolina Coast
Nationally, South Carolina is best known for its coastal getaway of Charleston, a city with a rich and lengthy history and food culture. Founded in 1670, it is notable as the largest port city in the US for the trade of enslaved persons, and it remains an important starting place for those interested in learning more about the history of slavery.
Farther up the coast, Myrtle Beach is a family-friendly beach destination for more than thirteen million visitors per year. It is an ideal destination for those who want plenty of activities, good shopping, and a weekend trip all rolled into one. Hilton Head Island, more than five hours south of Raleigh, North Carolina, is also known for its beaches and is home to a handful of ambassador teachers.
4. The Appalachian Mountains
There are multiple state and national parks within the Appalachian mountain range to explore. The most visited national park in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than eight hundred miles of hiking trails alone!
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is accessible from many parts of the state and is known for its display of foliage when the leaves change color each fall. Piney Creek, North Carolina and Winchester, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley are two towns with our teachers and programs that are a quick drive from these mountain views.
— Melisa Patiño (@Atravelerteach) July 21, 2020
— Adriana Quiros (@adquirosCR) July 21, 2020
My favorite place so far in Virginia is The Shenandoah National Park. There are so many trails to walk, and places to visit.
I also ❤ Winchester, its quiet areas and the nice people I have met so far. #unitingourworld#ambassadorsummercamp pic.twitter.com/odwxRmNSjq
— Patricia Acuña (@pattyacugna7) July 21, 2020
We hope that no matter where you are in your journey as an ambassador teacher, these sights inspire you to keep traveling and learning about the world. For more information on how to become an ambassador teacher, click here. Did we miss a destination you love to visit? Tag us in a post on Twitter, and use the hashtag #unitingourworld!
Looking for more suggestions on where to travel next? Get a taste of new places from Caz and Craig Makepeace, authors of the yTravel blog who happen to be Participate Learning alumni. They also have an North Carolina focused Instagram account.