Reflections on My Trip to Albania: Interview with Gale Workman

Reflections on My Trip to Albania: Interview with Gale Workman

Gale Workman, a professor emerita at Florida A&M University who went on her Fulbright to Canada in 2007, reflects on her service trip with alumni to Albania.

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Gale Workman has traveled to over 70 countries but she had never been to Albania. So when she saw that the Fulbright Association had an Alumni Service Corps Project in Albania, she signed up to join fellow alumni in Gjirokastra, a World Heritage Site.

Working with Cultural Heritage Without Borders, this team of Fulbright alumni was trained in restoring 400-year-old Ottoman-era buildings. They worked alongside local artisans, architects, archaeologists, mayors, religious leaders and tradespeople.

According to Gale, “We worked very hard and our days were sometimes physically tiring, but it was always mentally energizing. We really got to know the people who live and work there… a fascinating way to experience the Albanian culture firsthand.”Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.22.26 PM {focus_keyword} Reflections on My Trip to Albania: Interview with Gale Workman Screen Shot 2016 06 01 at 5

“I didn’t realize how much fun it’d be to spend two weeks on this team,” said Gale, one of the Fulbright alumni who participated in our first Alumni Service Corps Trip to Albania. “When you travel with fellow alumni, there is no ‘get-to-know-you’ time… you pick up immediately.”

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“Not like tourism of any other kind,” remarked Gale. In fact, she stayed in touch with the team’s tour guide and recently learned that, thanks to her encouragement, he was applying to U.S. colleges. “He asked me for a letter of recommendation,” Gale shared. “My experience being able to mentor him has had a real impact on his life.”

“If you like working in teams who care about making the world a better place, enjoy sharing meals an ideas with people from different cultures and want to touch the future, this is the way to do it.”

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About the author

Brad K. Hounkpati Agricultural Engineer, he served as an Agricultural Engineer at Nouvelle Société Cotonnière du Togo (West Africa). Prior to his Fulbright experience, he was previously Technical Coordinator for Peace Corps Togo in Natural Resource Management Program. He has also served in many roles with organizations working to support agriculture in West Africa, including FAO, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cashew Espoir Ltd., and Plant Resource Of Tropical Africa (PROTA).

In addition to Fulbright Scholarship, he had been awarded other prestigious awards such as: the WARA travel grant, The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) Fellowships Award, the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award and the Graduate Travel Grant from the University of Georgia and nonetheless the U.E Brady Award. His pairs know him as networker or a “to-go person”.

Fulbright Fellow 2011-2013 at University of Georgia (UGA). He is currently serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Entomology, UGA. Since 2011, he has been serving as the national contact for all Fulbright and Humphrey grantees from Togo. Inspired by his Fulbright experience, he later created BSBIZTOGO, Inc. & Grain de Sel Togo, Inc., two Georgian 501c3 organization to support underprivileged students in public universities in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and other Fulbright scholars in the US. He has served as Membership Database Administrator, and Advocacy Director until 2017 before being elected as Vice President and Communication Officer of Fulbright Association Georgia Chapter in 2018