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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Service Learning Project Ideas

Environment 

Peace Corps Volunteers protect and preserve the environment, engaging in projects like establishing forest conservation plans and helping develop alternatives to wood as a fuel source. They also promote environmental awareness in projects like recycling, organizing environmental youth clubs, and park management. They strengthen communities' understanding of environmental issues, providing people with the knowledge to develop their own programs and make their own choices about how best to protect and preserve the local environment.

Local service, global connections:
Research water conservation issues and approaches in water-stressed countries, then implement a water conservation initiative in your school.

Service to benefit global communities:
Lead an ecological tour of a local nature area. Collect donations from tour participants to support an ecotourism project in another part of the world.

Raising public awareness:
Begin an email campaign to raise awareness about an issue of global environmental concern. Suggest ways people can help address the problem.  

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Education

Education is the largest area of need as identified by countries asking for Peace Corps assistance. Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies, encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate content such as health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subjects. Many also work in curriculum or materials development and train teachers informally in conversational English and academic subjects.

Local service, global connections:
Match English-language learners in your school with native English-speaking conversation partners. Encourage pairs to learn about one another's background and culture.

Service to benefit global communities:
Analyze worldwide gender disparity statistics related to education. Host a community education event to raise funds to support a global girls' education initiative.

Raising public awareness:
Create an online resource center that provides information about ways to support community-based education initiatives in your area and around the world.

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Youth and Community Development

During their Peace Corps service, Youth and Community Development Volunteers forge strong relationships with students, parents, and other community members. Volunteers engage in a wide variety of outreach projects involving at-risk children or youth, adult literacy, health or HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, development of libraries and resource centers, and information technology.

Local service, global connections:
Set up weekly visits at a residential facility for seniors. Learn about the cultural backgrounds of residents, and research the roles of elders in other world cultures.

Service to benefit global communities:
Research literacy issues locally and globally. Host a read-a-thon to raise funds to support a literacy or library project in another part of the world.

Raising public awareness:
Host a youth forum to discuss a global issue of concern to teens in your community. Research the ways teens in other parts of the world are addressing the issue.

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Health

During their Peace Corps service, Health Volunteers work with local governments, clinics, nongovernmental organizations, and communities at the grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest. They focus on outreach, awareness, and prevention programs in public health, hygiene, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.

Local service, global connections:
Host a blood drive in recognition of World Blood Donor Day. Educate donors and potential donors about the global importance of access to safe blood.

Service to benefit global communities:
Research regions of the world affected by malaria and successful malaria prevention strategies. Sponsor the purchase of insecticidal mosquito nets for an affected community.

Raising public awareness:
Investigate global trends in the occurrence of noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Create digitally-recorded public service announcements on the importance of physical activity for disease prevention, and post the recordings online.

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HIV/AIDS

One of the most serious worldwide threats to public health and development is the spread of HIV/AIDS. Currently, the Peace Corps trains all Volunteers who serve in Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to be advocates and educators of HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Peace Corps Volunteers help people affected by HIV/AIDS through work in areas such as public health education, community and nongovernmental organizations, and business advising.

Local service, global connections:
Study the impact of HIV/AIDS globally and locally. Then support the work of a local organization that provides support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Service to benefit global communities:
Host a film event to view and discuss a film related to HIV/AIDS. Collect donations to support the Peace Corps Partnership Program 's HIV/AIDS fund.

Raising public awareness:
Develop a presentation to educate peers about HIV/AIDS prevention. Give local and global examples of HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives and successes.

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Food Security

Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, Volunteers have addressed the adverse impact of food shortages in the countries they have served. Projects have ranged from fish farming and the introduction of small scale irrigation systems, to improved food processing and marketing of food. Volunteers have also helped address food availability and nutrition through a variety of projects, including building school gardens and educating others about good nutrition.

Local service, global connections:
Participate in a local community gardening project. Explore how community-based garden projects are improving food security around the world.

Service to benefit global communities:
Investigate the causes of malnutrition in another area of the world. Sponsor the purchase of a flock of chickens to provide a sustainable protein source for a family in an area of the world with limited food access.

Raising public awareness:
Organize a speaking engagement and discussion featuring a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who worked on a sustainable agriculture initiative in another area of the world.