World Wise Schools offers publications through which students gain a firsthand account of what life is like for a Peace Corps Volunteer. Educators can use published World Wise Schools materials to teach cross-cultural understanding and respect for other cultures worldwide. The materials are used in subjects as varied as social studies, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, environmental education, and international economics. Teachers incorporate World Wise Schools materials into existing study units or use them as the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Publications from World Wise Schools are posted online. Hard copies are also available in limited quantities.
- Culture Matters
- Designed for Peace Corps Volunteers, this practical, hands-on guide is also a rich and useful resource for students who want to look into their own culture and become more understanding of people of other cultures.
- Building Bridges
- Thirteen exercises for grades 6–12 to help students understand other cultures and promote tolerance for them.
- Building Bridges for Young Learners
- Five lessons to help Pre-K through grade 4 students learn about themselves and the world around them.
- Crossing Cultures With the Peace Corps
- A newly gathered collection of letters written by Peace Corps Volunteers capturing the adventures and challenges, joys and sorrows, trials and rewards of service in another land.
- CyberVolunteer Letters
- From 2000 until 2005, actively serving Peace Corps Volunteers wrote letters intended for students in the United States. The letters were initially distributed over a listserv, then subsequently through Web postings, earning these authors the title of "CyberVolunteers."
- Insights From the Field
- Insights From the Field is designed to engage students in an inquiry about themselves and others as they focus on a culture other than their own.
- Looking at Ourselves and Others
- Looking at Ourselves and Others contains lesson plans, activities, and readings that help students understand components of their own culture and leads them to appreciate and understand differences between their culture and that of others.
- Uncommon Journeys
- Uncommon Journeys offers 11 essays by returned Peace Corps Volunteers, providing readers an insider's grasp of what it's like to serve as a Volunteer, including the challenges, the rewards, the humor, and, most important, lessons about life in other cultures. Ten of the selections are accompanied by lessons that can be employed in 6th- through 12th-grade classrooms.
- Voices From the Field
- The publication Voices From the Field contains personal essays written by returned Peace Corps Volunteers, accompanied by standards-based language arts lesson plans and workshops.