Monday, June 2, 2014

What is the Great International Teddy Bear Exchange (GITBE)?

The Great International Teddy Bear Exchange was begun in the spring of 2014 when I came up with the great idea to send a teddy bear across the Atlantic to the UK and invite my friend, Anna, in the UK to send a teddy bear to us. The idea is that shipping a small teddy bear was much less expensive than buying plane tickets for an entire family, and this way our kids could experience life on “the other side of the pond” without ever having to leave home.

Anna and I agreed that when our bears arrive, we will take them into our family, much like an exchange student, and let them experience our daily life with us. Through this blog, Anna and I will post photos and travelogs from our “traveling teddies” so that each family can see all the new experiences their teddy is having and see all the places they visit in their new country.

This summer we were also fortunate to have some friends from our neighborhood who are traveling to Indonesia for a month to visit extended family. We selected another bear from our family to travel along with them, and we will hopefully be posting updates from him as well.

Let the fun begin!

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