In March 1999, I embarked on the New Millennium Ride - a bicycle trip
from Seoul to Lisbon. (Please read the attached copy of the Executive
Summary of the Expedition Proposal.) The New Millennium Ride
has three primary goals. We want to improve cross-cultural understanding
and tolerance and enable cooperation between peoples of different cultures,
nationalities or persuasions. We want to help students understand and apply
the latest technologies to improve what they do - and how they do it. Lastly,
we are promoting the bicycle as an extremely viable and environmentally
friendly form of transportation - as well as a wonderful alternative for
exercise and recreation.
My name is Everett B. Briggs. I am a graduate of Colby College, Waterville,
ME (1980: English, Education). I have taught high school English, civics,
and geography in the US. In addition to those subjects, I have also taught
university English and philosophy abroad. I have just returned to the US
after seven years in Asia. I lived in Thailand for three and a half years,
where, as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then as a private contractor, I worked
for the Thai Ministries of Public Health and Education. After Thailand,
I spent three and a half years in Korea, where I taught English at the
Catholic University Medical College, in Seoul. I am a paramedic. Before
leaving for Asia, I taught winter emergency care at Williams and Dartmouth
colleges. I was also the director of a professional ski patrol for four
years. In the summer season, I delivered yachts up and down the East Coast
of the U.S. I am a licensed Coast Guard captain. In addition to the US
and Asia, I have lived in Europe, South America and Africa.
During the course of my ride, I will meet with students and educators
in a variety of organizations, including international schools, universities,
NGOs and other institutions. The New Millennium Ride will use the technology
of the Internet to link students along the route with each other and with
students in the United States. It is my hope that schools and institutions
like yours will be eager to get involved in the New Millennium Ride.
How can your school benefit from and get involved in the New Millennium
I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you as a member of the
New Millennium Ride team. Please direct any inquiries to us at the address
below. As the New Millennium Ride is stressing applied technology and resource
management, please use the Internet and my e-mail address whenever possible.
Visit our Website: www.new-mellennium-ride.org Students are encouraged
to follow the New Millennium Ride via the Internet as the adventure unfolds.
The site is updated frequently. You will find stories and photos about
the people and students, the villages, towns, and countries visited. And
there are many, many thank you's for the wonderful gestures of hospitality
extended to NMR. Students and others following the expedition will be able
to make connections with each other via our Website. And students delight
in the story of their school being shared with so many. All participating
schools will have this type of presence on our site. For quick access to
stories and photos, click on the "Current Location" button on our Home
Page and select topics and locations of interest to you.
Curriculum Enhancement: Incorporating the New Millennium Ride into
class projects or discussions will enhance subjects such as geography,
social studies, history, and languages. News, photos and stories found
on our Website, can be used to seed new topics of inquiry, exploration
Expedition Presentation: Your school community can certainly benefit
from the New Millennium Ride School Presentation. My presentations include
vignettes about the challenges faced, obstacles overcome, lessons learned,
and thrills experienced on the road. The stories will focus on cross-cultural
understanding, tolerance and cooperation. I will address a variety of issues:
demography, development, environment, history, and geography. Often I engage
the students in communication exercises that demonstrate the value of teamwork.
Highlights of school visits also include group bike rides, family picnics
and an afternoon's introduction to Ultimate Frisbee.
Help Your Sister School: Your school could use my visit as an opportunity
to provide a benefit to your local sister school. I hope that your school
will want to share the New Millennium Ride with students from another school.
They could be included in the New Millennium Ride Presentation at your
school; or, arrangements could be made for them to schedule a presentation
at their own school.
Share Your School with the World: Your school, city, and region
will be featured in pictures and text on the New Millennium Ride Website,
as well as in presentations at other schools. Your students and teachers
will have an opportunity to share local events and places of interest with
me that I, in turn, will share with others. The places we visit, when possible,
should be accessible by bicycle to help support our goal of promoting the
bicycle as an affordable, fun, environmentally friendly, and practical
form of transportation. A Saturday bicycle ride, to coincide with my visit,
could be organized by your school.
A Safe Haven: Your school can provide a safe haven for me, a place
where I can drop my anchor for three days in order to digest the previous
leg of the trip and prepare for the next leg.
Preparing for my visit:
Would your school be able to make arrangements for a local family to
host my visit?
Would your school be able to provide me with Internet access?
Would your school be able to provide a mail drop-point for my incoming
snail (postal) mail?
Everett B. Briggs