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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Success Stories

Volunteer travels 5,379 miles to speak to classroom

5,379 miles is a long way to go to tell students how to cook a chicken in a mud stove.

This and other lessons learned were addressed by Peace Corps Volunteer Molly Rosett, serving in Benin, Africa.  Molly has been my class's correspondence match since August and, as part of her vacation, she spent part of her precious time in the United States talking to her pen pals.

I am so deeply touched and honored that Molly would travel such a distance (my school is in rural North Carolina, not close to many urban areas or airports).  Her actions show her obvious passion for the Peace Corps and relay her belief in the importance of educating students about service to others.

As an educator, it was so valuable for me to see students engaged in a potential life outside of iPods and television media.  One of the lessons Molly addresses (other than being resourceful and environmentally conscience) was learning to truly enjoy the company of others.

It doesn't matter if you're in seventh grade or in the realworld, that is a valuable lesson.

Thank you again for such a great program.

Sara Kelleher
National Teaching Fellow
Henderson, N.C.

Thank you so very much for matching us up with Christean Cole in Peru

My class and I just want to thank you so very much for matching us up with Christean Cole in Peru. She shares with us great information about adjusting to life in a new country and learning a new language. Her letters are informative, humorous, and very touching. Since my class is composed of ESOL students, they can relate to her experiences. I have three students from Peru in my class, and each time we hear from Christean, they become very nostalgic for their homeland.

I am so very happy that we joined the program.

Thanks again,
Roberta Lisker

Toluca Lake Elementary School, North Hollywood, Calif.

The students have had a wonderful time participating in the World Wise Schools program. In fact, many of the students have voiced an interest in working as Peace Corps Volunteers when they grow up! This excellent learning experience will continue to inspire my students long into the future. Please forward our gratitude to all of the folks at the Peace Corps who have made this possible.

Dennis Hagen-Smith
Toluca Lake Elementary School
North Hollywood, Calif.

Lesson Plans and Resources

I just wanted to let you know I love your lesson plans and resources. They are so well-written and usable, and my class learns so much while they are interested, excited, and engaged. So many companies offer substandard lesson plan ideas but the Peace Corps ones are truly exemplary.

Christine Bodt
Grade 5 Teacher
Toronto, Canada


2011: Peace Corps Challenge Online game - American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids
2008: Peace Corps Challenge Online game - W3 Silver Award
2007: World Wise Schools Website - Webby Official Honoree
1995: "Destination: Lesotho" Video - Telly Awards Winner
1995: "Destination: Cameroon" Video - Telly Awards Finalist
1993: "Destination: Cameroon" Video - NAGC Gold Screen Winner
1993: "Destination: Honduras" Video - NAGC Gold Screen Honorable Mention