Due to COVID-19, Peace Corps strongly recommends all educators and Volunteer speakers to follow CDC guidance, and any other applicable guidance, including local regulations, for all speaking engagements and to assess the feasibility of a virtual speaking engagements. When in-person engagements are considered, we recommend all parties adhere to CDC guidance related to COVID-19, including the use of masks and social distancing. Note that this CDC guidance is subject to change. Therefore, please check the CDC website and other applicable sources to ensure that you are following updated guidance.
Peace Corps Volunteers in every region of the world work at the grassroots level. Their stories, projects, and experiences can provide firsthand views of cultures not usually accessible through textbooks, films, and other familiar media. After service, returned Volunteers carry a wealth of stories, experiences, and life lessons from their time living and working abroad back to their home communities.
The Global Connections program allows learners to experience different countries, cultures, and traditions by introducing them to customs, beliefs, and adventures many have never imagined. These connections inspire global competency in the classroom and beyond, and give students an insight into the Peace Corps experience.
Requestors submit a Request Form, including specific details of how they would like to connect to a Volunteer or returned Volunteer. The educator will be contacted directly with more information to facilitate their connection. If you have already identified a specific Volunteer or returned Volunteer with whom you would like to connect, enter their name and country of service in the Details about Connection box on the Request Form.
There are many ways to interact. You might exchange pictures or letters, facilitate a webchat, write a blog together, or have an in-person or virtual presentation. Once contact is made, you can work together to determine the specific time commitment and expectations of your connection.
If you are planning a virtual or in-person presentation, visit the Global Connections Presentations best practices page to prepare for your event. The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program also offers resources to enrich students’ intercultural awareness and communications skills either before or after an engagement.
I encourage every single one of you from grade K to 12, please connect with the Peace Corps and a Volunteer who's in the field. The relationship can be as simple as a monthly email. It’s free, and you can do amazing things in your classroom to encourage global education.Audra S., Global history and geography mentor teacher, Rochester, N.Y.