Barbara Raeder makes her current residence on the East End of Long Island, New York. Her interest in subtleties that define cultures began as a high school exchange student in Brazil. Since that time she has continued to foster intercultural relationships and experiences as both teacher and administrator while working with preschool through college level learners. In addition to faculty assignments ranging from bilingual special education, cultural history, and world religions, Barbara’s experience includes directing a travel/study program in Latin America and immersing herself and other learners in numerous service learning travel programs on four continents.
In 2011 Barbara began working as Executive Assistant to the Director of the International Affairs Centre (IAC) at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand. While living in Thailand for over three and a-half years, she was also a member of the management team at a welfare boarding school for underprivileged children in Phang Nga Province. Barbara is the parent of three grown children including a son who is fluent in Thai and lives in Phuket, where he studied at the Faculty of International Studies PSU.