Michael Olaf Montessori Children's Projects
I live in
heaven. My home is a sphere that travels around the sun.
We abandon all and travel the world, as did those in former times who would sow seeds and go their way. This is our destiny: to sow! To sow everywhere, without ceasing never to harvest. —Maria Montessori
For almost 30 years the Michael Olaf Company has operated first and foremost as a humanitarian, educational endeavor, our efforts completely supported by you.
Tov, toda (Hebrew)
Kadinchey la (Dzongkha, the language of Bhutan)
Gracias (Spanish, from Guatemala)
Notes from the Field
Links to Individual Projects
In April, 2011, Susan returned to the Israel / Palestine after many years to introduce Montessori education through Al-Quds University Television, and visits to existing schools. See pictures and some of the text from "emails home" here: MIDDLE EAST
SIKKIM EDUCATION CONFERENCE - In December, 2010 a very important education meeting was sponsored by the government of the kingdom of Sikkim, Northern India. It was attended by the Dalai Lama, educators, scientists. At the above link you can see the Michael Olaf newsletter report of this conference.
BHUTAN-2010 - In February, 2010 Susan Stephenson and her daughter Narda Sherman helped set up the first Montessori class and guide the first days. Here is an article comparing the early life traditions in Bhutan with Montessori 0-3 or Assistant to Infancy practices: BHUTAN 0-3
GUATEMALA - Jim and Susan Stephenson visit the hospital where their daughter Narda Sherman is a medical volunteer
ALBANIA - Susan returned to Albania in August-September 2009, to guide the first days in three new classes.
INDIA - Tibetan Children's Villages (TCV)
THAILAND - Thailand Montessori Project
TIBET - The Blind School
NEPAL - Sree Mangal Dvip Boarding School for Himalayan Children
RUSSIA - a visit to a very special Montessori program for children with physical disabilities in St. Petersburg, Russia