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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Service Learning

Teaching Suggestions

The Caribbean, Dominican Republic
Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Service Learning

Ideas for using Coverdell World Wise Schools resources to enhance the pre-service, service, and post-service stages of the service learning process.


  • Students will summarize and explain the results of interviews with community volunteers.
  • Students will describe the reasons people serve and why service matters.



  • Invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Speaker. Through the Speakers Match program, invite a returned Volunteer to talk to students about a global issue they addressed in their country of service.
  • Conduct research with World Wise Schools Resources. Use a slide show, video, podcast, or story from World Wise Schools to illustrate an example of a global issue and how a Peace Corps Volunteer addressed it.
  • Use World Wise Schools lesson plans for investigation. In "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" students conduct an investigation of garbage and recycling issues. In the lesson plan Making Service Count, students reflect on the importance of service, brainstorm a list of community needs, and generate ideas for addressing those needs.
  • Motivate students for service. Incorporate reflections from Peace Corps Volunteers on their reasons for serving and their experiences with service in their communities.
  • Explore the Peace Corps Partnership Program. Get inspired by current Peace Corps projects around the world. Through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, donations can be made to a specific Volunteer project, a country fund, or a special fund that supports global initiatives such as drinking water and sanitation, information and communication technology, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.


  • Document the service. Have students take pictures or video that will demonstrate results of the service and provide opportunities for reflection.
  • Share examples of Peace Corps Volunteer service activities overseas, such as "Working for the Common Good" and "In the Aftermath of Hurricane Georges."  These stories and accompanying lesson plans consider the concept of the "common good," and how service allows a community to work together for the common good.
  • Meaningful service. Use the service learning rubric (see link above) as the service project is being implemented to stay focused on providing meaningful service that works closely with community members.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers in Action. Watch the Water Source Protection slide show, and see how Volunteer Lauren Fry devises and implements a solution to a community need, and gathers information to monitor the success of the project.
  • Incorporate advocacy into service. Learn how education can be a form of service in the lesson plan Taking Action! Provide an example of advocacy with this music video made by students to demonstrate to their community the importance of recycling and trash disposal.


  • Host an event. Invite the school community or the public to an open house, presentation, or panel discussion to learn about the service activities students undertook and why they chose to address the issue
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