Student Showcase: In a Far-Away Desert Land – Introducing Kari PeiscopgrauJan 29th, 2012 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: Student Showcase
Homeschool conversation with Kari,child in Saudi Arabia
Hailing from the port city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the coast of the Red Sea, Kari Peiscopgrau is no stranger to a rich variety of cultures with differing points of view. Through her strong faith and dedication to the homeschool journey, she is making an impact through leadership, creativity, positive thinking, and a willingness to respect other cultures without losing her own sense of self.
Kari has recently earned her Silver Award with Girl Scout Troop 2872 – the highest national award that a Girl Scout in grades 6th through 8th can earn! A ceremony recognizing Kari for this great achievement was held this past June in Indiana. She also has earned her God and Church Award in 2011, a Christian award earned by grade level that allows her faith to grow as strong and true as her own exceptional character.
Here are some excerpts from a recent interview with Kari:
BA: When did you begin homeschooling and why?
IP: I started homeschooling at the age of 12 after moving to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in June of 2010. My family decided on homeschooling because the school options in Saudi Arabia are limited.
BA: How is homeschooling different from public schools in Saudi Arabia?
IP: The homeschool curriculum gives me the opportunity to work at my own pace. In the local school, there is little space to work independently. Everyone is at the same level, with little room to be creative or work in a more advanced curriculum.
BA: What do you like most about homeschooling? And the least?
IP: The curriculum is tailored to my own needs and strengths, and the flexibility of it offers something that is not possible in a regular Saudi school. But there are no days off due to the weather in Saudi Arabia!
BA: Tell us more about your experience with the Girl Scouts and the achievements you have made in that program.
IP: My experience as a girl scout has really been a great part of my life. The program has taught me to help others, to never give up, and to always believe in myself. I have earned the Leadership, Bronze, and Silver Award, along with many badges. I have also earned the God Award for the Brownies, Juniors and Cadets. Currently I am working on the last part of the program for the Seniors which will entitle me to the four star award recognition.
BA: Describe why you received your God and Church award and what it means to you.
IP: The God and Church program allowed me to learn how to know Jesus on a more personal level, how to worship God, and learn about the talents given to me and how to use them. It was a self discovering journey where I had the opportunity to work with the youth and provide voluntary work for the Church and reach out to others. It was very important for me to achieve these awards. It is an important way to keep growing spiritually.
BA: Any special experiences you would like to share with us?
IP: Saudi Arabia is a beautiful country with a different culture, views of the outside world, and many contradictions. I have learned that cultural education is as important as basic education. We must learn to accept, understand and respect other cultures and their point of view without losing ourselves in the process, this has been a journey with great satisfaction and trials along the way. I was surprised to see that we might look very different but in reality we are individuals with dreams and hope for the future. I also learned that sometimes we take for granted the freedom that we have back home.
BA: What are your plans or dreams for the future? Colleges you are interested in?
IP: Living overseas has opened my eyes to a whole new view of the future and what I would like to be. I want to continue my schooling, followed by College, and I want to keep traveling and experiencing adventures and other cultures. I am not sure what college I would like to attend. I have considered Michigan State University, Rice University, Butler University or maybe even to study abroad. I have also considered a military career as an aviator. Whatever I choose, it would be because it will give me the opportunity to be a better person and serve God, to honor Him in everything I do.
Thank you Kari for sharing your experiences with us. We wish you all the success you dream of in 2012 and beyond!