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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands

Through their work regarding health, education, the environment, and information technology, Peace Corps volunteers perform service in this vast region. Learn about issues facing this rich and diverse region through lesson plans, videos, stories, and activities. Explore these resources in order to gain a broader understanding of culture in places like Palau, Fiji, and Kiribati.

A Single Lucid Moment Lesson
Lesson Plan
Students will wrestle with resolving contrasting values between cultures.
Coming to Terms With Cultural Differences
Lesson Plan
Students will discover that it is possible to be challenged and "culture-shocked" by the norms of one's own culture when returning home from having been away and living in another culture. They will also examine and compare the customs of modern marriages with the customs of traditional, arranged marriages.
Living by the Book
Lesson Plan
Reading for pleasure or cultural sensitivity? Guide your students through the cultural complexities of life on a Fijian island.
Window Into Another Culture
Lesson Plan
Students will examine a real-life confrontation of cultural values through the experience of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea.
Chores and Doughnuts
Story
Peace Corps volunteer Eric Kroetsch describes a calm morning on the island Kuria—part of the country Kiribati—in the central Pacific.
Royal Lunch
Story
Peace Corps volunteer Carole Kallansrude writes to her friends and family, telling them about her opportunity to lunch with both the King of Tonga, as well as the new US ambassador to Tonga, Steven McGann.
Sunday Morning Stares
Story
Peace Corps volunteer Daniel Laboe shares his experience being a racial minority in Papua New Guinea, and the peace he finds at church on Palm Sunday.
Recipe: Gourmet Rice Salad
Activity
This gingery-garlicky-orange rice salad is always a winner.
Recipe: Papaya Banana Coconut Salad
Activity
Peace Corps Staff member Esera Lafi provides a simple and delicious Samoan recipe.
Tracking Turtles in the Western Pacific
Video
For two years, Peace Corps Volunteer Sarah Klain helped lead efforts for sea-turtle conservation in the Pacific Island country of Palau. With local partners, she researched and tracked the marine reptiles and encouraged educational efforts to protect turtle populations.

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