AndreaAndrea Antrim, The Bellingham Sister Cities Association Student Representative From Western Washington University is currently in Vassa, Finland, one of the Bellingham Sister Cities, on an internship and you can follow here blog here.

sister-cities-300x139Sister Cities International advances peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development exchanges. It serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy.Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit serving as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programs in 140 countries on six continents.

20150124-Bellingham-Vaasa-Education-ProjectFinland is home to arguably the finest education system in the world.  Similarly, Bellingham is home to one of the finest school districts in the state of Washington.  Because of that fact, a WWU education professor (Lauren McClanahan) and her graduate student (Andrea Antrim – Read Her Blog Here) decided to survey teachers in Vaasa and teachers in Bellingham to find out what questions they might have for one another, and how the two cities might learn from one another to help improve education for everyone in our communities.  The result is the Bellingham-Vaasa Education Project website.  Please have a look, and feel free to leave a comment.