Around the World
Prosser leaving Friday for whirlwind trip
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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A Jones County educator is set to leave Friday on an adventure that will take her around the world in the span of Thanksgiving holidays.Christy Prosser has worked for the Jones County School System for seven years and has a passion for traveling as well as education. It took her 15 years to bring her dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to fruition but the adventure is chronicled in the Fall 2013 edition of the Jones Living magazine, which is anticipated to be released next week.
Prosser is originally from Covington and after graduating from Piedmont Academy, she earned her teaching degree from Georgia College & State University. She went to work in New Hampshire and eventually made her way to Jones County as the director of student information and school safety.
“I knew people here and I got a good offer,” she said.
Prosser said she likes the Middle Georgia area because she wanted to stay in public education and close to her family.
The educator takes care of the data management of Jones County students, registration and scheduling. One of her tasks is keeping up with state reports. She said a year ago the requirement was 387 data elements for each student. This year that has increased to 684 elements.
“That shows how much education is data-driven.” she said.
Prosser recalled that she started traveling internationally in 1994, more or less as a tourist. That changed in 2010 when she was asked to accompany a group from Mulberry Methodist Church as a photographer. The trip was to Haiti and it was a game changer.
“I always chose to go down the unbeaten paths, but this opened up the photojournalist aspect,” she said.
The pending around-the-world-trip is schedule to be completed in nine days and the cost to Prosser is approximately $40. She explained that during her African trip to Kilimanjaro, the airlines lost her luggage, which contained all of her climbing gear. It was not returned to her for nine weeks.
Because of the combination of compensation for her lost luggage and the frequent flier miles, she was able to purchase seven tickets for her trip for the price of taxes.
Prosser leaves from Atlanta November 22 and flies to Frankfurt, Germany. Then to Oslo, Norway; Bangkok, Thailand; Saigon, and overland through the Mekong Delta. She travels overland through the entire country of Cambodia and then west, back to the Kingdom of Thailand.
Coming home is backtracking Bangkok, Tokyo, Chicago and Atlanta.
She is even taking time out to run a half marathon in Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
“I am catching back up with friends of 20 years to run the race. These are people I’ve met while traveling the world.”l she said.
Prosser is starting her adventure alone but is meeting friends, then joining a group in Saigon.
The adventurer plans to share her trip by blogging, tweeting and facebooking along the way, anywhere she has internet access.
She said her website is the best place to track her, www.christyprosser.com. She is on Facebook under One Focus One World, and twitter @christyprosser.
Prosser said she will be packing light for this trip.
“I’ll have one carryon that will stay with me. I’m taking no chances this time.”
Read more: The Jones County News – Around the World