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The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Peace Corps' responsibility for an AIDS-free generation
  • Article
  • Global Issues
  • Health & Wellness

HIV and AIDS affect communities in every region of the world, making HIV/AIDS truly an issue of global significance.

The Budala Women's group from fishpond to community investing.
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Students examine what it takes to make a hero in a story about digging a hole for a fishpond.

fish farming harvest
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Students examine the culturally based impulse to share with others versus the impulse to watch out for oneself or one's immediate family.

A black, female American teacher leans over a desk to work with young, teenage students in uniform in South Africa
  • Activity
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Youth
  • Global Issues
  • Geography

International Education Week (IEW) is November 13 - 17, 2023. IEW is a week-long, global initiative that promotes the benefits of international education and programs that prepare students for global citizenship.

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  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will be led to grasp the importance of understanding behavior from the perspective of the culture in which that behavior is the norm.

RESPECT in Action!
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Help participants build intercultural competence by working on cultural self-knowledge.

Youth Volunteer in the Philippines
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Publication
  • Activity
  • Service Learning
  • Youth

Lead a wide range of positive youth development activities.

Litter Relay
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Learn about the benefits of sorting materials to be reused, recycled, or thrown away.

A basketball team of young Jamaican men and women pose with donate basketballs with volunteer Don Holly.
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Sports & Leisure

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

Pest Control
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Learn how to make natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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Chinese students and Volunteer in a classroom
  • Lesson Plan
  • Foreign Language
  • Mandarin

This lesson is a brief presentation of the spoken Mandarin language and some cultural behaviors in China.

Three of the original ART-I-SAN "My Namibian Friend" dolls: Makena Mongoose, Lele Lion and Gili Giraffe.
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This lesson plan engages students to illustrate the vast diversity of adaptations that animals use for survival, delineating how and why form fits function.

popcorn
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This lesson plan makes use of popcorn to help students understand and explore the concepts of renewable and nonrenewable resources and their use over time.

Recycling Scavenger Hunt
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Go out into the community to collect and sort recyclable materials.

Alex Jones Running Shoes
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Health & Wellness
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Sports & Leisure

A lesson on the cultural differences and perceptions on running for sport.

Turtle
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Mathematics

Predicting the Future of Endangered Hawksbills

A child atop a horse in Niger.
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will examine themselves relative to their characteristics, abilities, and feelings. By making connections to children in another part of the world, they will discover that people are more alike than different.

Mosquito
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video
  • Health & Wellness
  • Science
  • Global Issues

Students research malaria as a global health issue and discuss examples and ideas for preventing the spread of the disease.

GLOW Camp 2016
  • Activity
  • Youth
  • Intercultural Understanding

Build global competence in your summer camp participants.

Blind Man and the Elephant
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Learners will examine the importance of perspective in how people perceive things.

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