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  • "Declaration (of a Kgomotso Girl)"
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Students will read and discuss "Declaration," a poem written by a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in South Africa. Students will focus reading and discussion on issues of gender as they appear in the poem.

  • 'Magic' Pablo Lesson
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, South America, The Caribbean, Guatemala

    Students examine what goes into hero worship and establishing unlikely friendships.

  • A Fundamental of Culture—Cultural Context | Building Bridges - Unit II
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will examine how the unwritten rules of culture depend upon the context in which an event or behavior takes place.

  • A Lifetime of Service
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Service Learning
    Grade
    Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi

    With a decades-long nursing career to her credit, Mary Ann Camp was a hero before she became a Peace Corps Volunteer. Still, while many Americans her age considered retirement, Peace Corps service for Mary Ann meant three tours—in Lesotho, Malawi, and Botswana—tackling health, agriculture, and education problems with her host ...

  • A Morning of Weighing Babies
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Mali

    Students will explore literary characters and their relationships to an author and to each other.

  • A Sense of Water | Water in Africa
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Morocco

    Students will investigate the extent to which water is reflected in various cultures in Africa, and write some of their own impressions of how water permeates all aspects of life.

  • A Single Lucid Moment Lesson
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea

    Students will wrestle with resolving contrasting values between cultures.

  • A South African Storm
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    The writer confronts issues of racial prejudice that she encounters in South Africa, years after the abolition there of the official policy of apartheid.

  • A Togolese Tale: The Big Fire
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Togo

    Students will examine the universal nature of folk tales and evaluate the meaning of a tale told in Togo.

  • A Year
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Uzbekistan

    Students will closely examine an author's philosophical look at life through superficially mundane, but ultimately meaningful, anecdotes he describes as a teacher in Uzbekistan.

  • Addressing Global Food Security
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Science, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will investigate the issue of food security, exploring the components of food availability, food access, and food utilization on local, national, and global levels. Students will also learn about how Peace Corps Volunteers are working with communities to address food security issues. After conducting this initial research, students will ...

  • Africa Colors a Destiny
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Chad

    In this lesson, students learn about culture in Chad through the eyes of two Peace Corps Volunteers: Michael Varga, who served in Chad from 1977-1979, and Fan Yang, who served there almost thirty years later, in 2005-2006. Both Volunteers were evacuated due to civil war. Students will watch a slide ...

  • All About HIV and AIDS
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Science
    Grade
    Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will investigate what HIV/AIDS is, how it is caused, how it is transmitted, and what its effects are. ("HIV" stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. "AIDS" stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.)

  • Americans | Building Bridges - Unit II
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will examine what it means to be "American" in the eyes of people from other cultures.

  • Angel | HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Students get to meet a victim of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa and see personally how it affects her, her community, and the author, who meets and befriends her. Objectives Students will understand the many dimensions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa and learn about one of the ...

  • Arabic in Jordan | Language Lessons
    Subjects
    Foreign Language
    Region
    North Africa and the Middle East, Jordan

    Classical Arabic is the formal language in Jordan. It is used in books, newspapers, radio and T.V. However, you should know that the normal Jordanian conversation is often quite different from the formal language. Dialects of the people you meet will vary based on ancestry and regions within Jordan. For ...

  • Bambara in Mali | Language Lessons
    Subjects
    Foreign Language
    Region
    Africa, Mali

    This lesson is a brief presentation of the Bambara language spoken in Mali.

  • Barrels and Buckets: Access to Water | What would it be like to live in Africa?
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature, Science
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades K-2
    Region
    Africa, Kenya

    Students increase their understanding of access to water through reading Peace Corps Volunteer stories from Kenya (in east Africa) and Ghana (in west Africa). As part of this lesson, each student will make a book that compares access to water in the United States, Kenya, and Ghana. An overall goal ...

  • Beauty
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will practice evaluating things of importance or beauty from different perspectives.

  • Becoming Part of the Community
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, The Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Thailand

    Students will examine how individual Peace Corps Volunteers succeeded in adapting to their new cultural environments.

  • Breaching the Gulf Between Cultures | Lesson 2 to Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, Pacific Islands, Sri Lanka

    Students delve further into the dynamics, the challenges, and the rewards of adjusting to a new culture, as illustrated by the author's account of his father's coming to terms with Sri Lankan customs.

  • Brief Encounters
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Through a simulation game, students will experience what it is like to confront and deal with a culture highly different from their own.

  • Bringing Water to a Village in Lesotho | Water in Africa
    Subjects
    Arts & Music, Environment, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades K-2
    Region
    Africa, Lesotho

    In this lesson, students will learn about the role of water in ceremonies and celebrations around the world, as well as about the role water plays in the daily lives of those living in Lesotho.

  • Building a Model Springbox | Clean Water and Quality of Life - Science Extension
    Subjects
    Science
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Cameroon

    Inspired by the slide show "Water Source Protection," featuring Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Fry, students will take the role of environmental engineers. They will use simple materials to construct small-scale springboxes and make recommendations for improving their functionality.

  • Building a Solar Still
    Subjects
    Science
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    In this lesson, students explore the water cycle and the role it can play in making water drinkable. Through an online video, Peace Corps Volunteers Nicholas Hanson and Brian Newhouse describe how they built a solar still to distill saltwater into drinkable water in Cape Verde. During the first class ...