Tuesday, April 8, 2014

#psuaged16, Janae Herr in Honduras!

Janae Herr, 2016 Student Teacher candidate
on her trip to Honduras!
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.” Over spring break this year, Ag Ed major, Janae Herr, added a few more pages to her book. Janae, a 2016 student teacher candidate, had the privilege of visiting Zamorano University in the Yeguare Valley in Honduras. This trip was part of an embedded course (CED499B) here at Penn State. The course is a Community, Environment and Development class that studies Agricultural communities and development in the surrounding areas.  There were seven students in the group and two faculty members that attended.

While in Honduras, Janae (@kjherr17) had the opportunity to visit several different, small communities in the valley around Zamorano. She said “You could consider Zamorano the equivalent of a Land Grant University here in the states. They operate by a “learning by doing” model, Agriculture Education in its simplest, most effective terms.”

Milking cows with the Zemorano students!
While in some of the communities, the group learned about the efforts going on to increase the tourism industry in order to increase the communities’ income. She also hiked through a biological reserve and visited two elementary schools.

 While the trip was full of awesome opportunities, the ones that stood out to Janae were the ones that related to her passion; agriculture. One of the interesting agriculturally related activities was participating in a number of farm tours. Janae stated

Janae’s greatest takeaway from her trip was the experience she had milking cows with some of the Zamorano students. “Hands down, my most favorite memory of the trip is most assuredly waking up at 3:30 in the morning to join the third year students to milk the cows on campus. Being raised on a Dairy farm, I really enjoyed comparing my farm operation to the University operation while working alongside students.”

Janae showing off her Teach Ag! pride in Honduras!
Traveling to Honduras was Janae’s first time out of the country but she ensures it will not be the last. She recommends taking any chance you get to travel, especially Ag Ed Majors. “As a future Agricultural Educator, I will have the responsibility of preparing my students who are the future of fields like Environmental Resources and Agriculture Research. What better way for me to teach them but with my first hand experiences!”  Along with the Agriculture and Extension Education major, Janae has an International Ag minor. 

To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog!

Laura Metrick 
2015 Student Teacher
Twitter: @Its_LauraBeth
Teach Ag! Avenger

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