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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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Garbage Dump Field Trip
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Visit a nearby garbage dump to learn about waste disposal and its effects on the surrounding environment.

Rabbit drinking
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Folk Tale
  • Literature
  • English Language Arts

Students explore the literary elements of a Tanzanian folk tale about animals collaborating to dig a well.

A child running down in the road in the town of Ranomafana, Madagascar
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will discover how the concepts of time and punctuality can differ markedly in the United States and another country.

Girls
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Women & Gender

This lesson conveys the obstacles girls face in their schooling, and is designed to help learners gain a different perspective and a sense of empathy for different life challenges.

A goat stands on a rock overlooking the Myagdi river valley in Nepal.
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Folk Tale
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Literature
  • English Language Arts

Students will analyze the meanings and patterns of a folk tale.

Timeline for Decomposition
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Sort your garbage on a timeline to better understand decomposition.

Transect
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Science

This lesson plan explores the biodiversity that is alive around our schools and compares this with the biodiversity found in different types of world ecosystems.

Nicaragua bottle classroom
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This warm up or review activity gets students to think on their toes and race to categorize waste materials!

Tree Hands
  • Grades K - 2
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

In this activity, students trace their hands and forearms to form the trunks and branches of trees.

Life Cycle of a Tree
  • Grades K - 2
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Act out the life cycle of a tree as a group.

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Tree Planting Steps
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

In this activity, students break down the steps involved in planting trees.

Two Peace Corps Volunteers and three Jamaican teens crouch down in a semi-circle as they plant a tree during Camp GLOW.
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Activity
  • Environment

Explore the steps involved in planting trees by grouping learners into task-based teams.

Tree Treasures
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Students become tree detectives as they ask questions to identify and categorize tree products taped to their backs.

VIDEO: A day in the life in Armenia
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • Intercultural Understanding

See a day in the beautiful capital city of Yerevan, Armenia.

VIDEO: A day in the life in Morocco
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Women & Gender

Oftentimes women's work is undervalued, but their labor is the lifeblood of families in Morocco.

ceviche
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • International Cuisine

Learn how to make ceviche in a few simple steps! Ceviche is a popular Latin American dish made by marinating fish or shellfish with citrus and seasonings.

Bean stew
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • International Cuisine

Learn how to make feijoada, a stew of beans with sausage and pork. The name feijoada comes from feijão, meaning ‘bean’ in Portuguese.

6 women sitting around a dinner time
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • International Cuisine
  • Arts & Music

This video explains the Georgian word “supra”, which literally translates to tablecloth, but it is mainly used to refer to feasts, parties, and celebrations.

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  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • Intercultural Understanding

In Cameroon, people live by a saying- "Nous sommes ensemble". It means "We are together".

VIDEO: Joy, highlighting happiness in Cameroon
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • Arts & Music
  • Intercultural Understanding

A typical day in Cameroon is full of joy and happiness.

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