Total loan: $8,000


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Sussex, WI, United States / Education

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A loan helped to create a Bilingual Education startup and give back to racially diversifying school staff.

Samira's story

As a bilingual teacher, and biracial woman, having lived and taught between Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, and Spain, I have grown as a bilingual educator. Being Arabic and Puerto Rican has given me a unique lens in life. Culturally, ethnically, racially, and linguistically I have grown as a person, and love to educate from this unique perspective. In my time in Spain, I grew a company that focused on bilingual events for children and was able to successfully plan and execute hundreds of bilingual events for children for 7 years until COVID hit. This brought my bilingual events to a screeching halt. Since I have gone back to my original profession as a bilingual educator in Wisconsin. While being a teacher, I haven't given up on my dream of being an entrepreneur again. Or as I'd call it "teacher-preneur." I am starting a company called Culture Trip, where I offer the possibility to schools to have their students experience virtual & culturally-rich field trips. Culture Trip is unique in that it offers LIVE virtual field trips through the lens of real authors, illustrators, dancers, artists, musicians, and scientists from each country/community. We engage children in traveling the world and their community, becoming cultural ambassadors after they have gone through entire experiences. Their eyes will be opened as these experiences are led through cultural, linguistic, and ethnic minorities. They will get to know countries, languages, and local culture in a new light from the comfort of their classrooms. Culture Trip gives back to the community, financially with each sale, so that we can contribute to diversifying certified staff in schools. Currently, there are high levels of racial diversity amongst students in schools, yet little diversity amongst the certified staff. Representation matters, especially in education.