is to improve cultural and environmental awareness and cooperation around the world. To this end, we conduct exchange and apprenticeship programs that function to establish an international community of learners.
Green Across the World, Inc. (GATW) was established as a corporation in 2000, and received Federal 501(c)(3) not for profit status in May 2001. Peter Lynch, GATW's Founder & Executive Director, has developed partners and associations that place the organization in a strong position to carry out long term and sustainable exchange and curricular programs for high school students and teachers between Vermont, China, Japan, and with recent potential in Bhutan. We believe that effective, long term cultural and environmental exchange between North America and Asia is beneficial to developing international relations aimed at promoting peace and reasonable prosperity.
Since 1995, Green Across the World's (GATW) Founder, Peter Lynch, has engaged in a variety of highly successful exchange and apprenticeship programs in Hong Kong, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, and Vermont. More recently, he organized successful exchanges with Tottori Prefecture, Japan, and paved the way for new possibilities in Bhutan. Green Across the World arose out of a field biology and apprenticeship program that brought five students from Fair Haven Union High School, Vermont, to Hong Kong to study with the field biologists of The Conservation Agency, Jamestown, Rhode Island, during the summer of 1995. During the summer of 1996, this apprenticeship program included a visit to the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University (Hua Shi Fu Zhong- HSFZ), Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China. Program director Peter Lynch met with Principal Wu Yingmin of HSFZ to discuss establishing a summer exchange program in field biology and natural resource management.
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Founder and Executive Director (left)Xia Tao
Honorary Director (right)
Green Across the World is unique
because our programs are
Our goals are to...
- True reciprocal exchanges, with visits to China or Japan and North America.
- Ones in which students and teachers work and learn together.
- Ones in which cultural exchange is facilitated by focusing on a field of common interest.
- Enhanced by a collaboration of state and private institutions, business groups and concerns in Vermont, and an equivalent collaboration in China and Japan.
- Develop leadership skills among students through a balanced and detailed study of current environmental topics.
- Create and maintain a community for cultural exchange and understanding among Chinese, or Japanese, and American students, teachers, field scientists and business people through study of a common interest.
- Inform public debate about current environmental topics while increasing awareness about the significance of China's development.
- Increase interest in Asia and environmental studies among American students and educators.
- Provide American, Chinese and Japanese students and educators with...
- an overview of natural history and resource management in China, Japan and the United States with a special emphasis on South China, Tottori Prefecture and Vermont.
- an understanding of the methods, interested parties, and politics involved in natural resource management in South China, Tottori, and Vermont.