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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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  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Geography
  • English Language Arts
  • Arts & Music
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Intercultural Understanding

The Pulaku Documentary Project takes students on a trip across West Africa, allowing them to experience different aspects a culture threatened by desertification and development.

  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Article
  • Youth
  • Social Studies
  • Intercultural Understanding

Tips and tricks to connect with a Grade K-5 audience.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Create a visual representation of the greenhouse effect through this group activity.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This demonstration simulates the effect greenhouse gases have on Earth’s climate. It works best if you have sufficient materials for pairs or small groups of kids to each construct their own simulation.

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • International Cuisine
  • Intercultural Understanding

Learners will examine mealtime etiquette in different countries and gain perspectives about other cultures from the rules governing table manners.

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will learn to appreciate the value of nonverbal communication, focusing on the shaking or nodding of one's head, and the meanings attached to each activity in Bulgaria and in the United States.

  • Article
  • Health & Wellness
  • Agriculture

Nearly a billion people across the world experience the effects of food insecurity.

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Teaching of English as a Second Language (TOESL)
  • Geography
  • Science
  • English Language Arts

ESOL Levels: Intermediate, Advanced

  • Personal Essay

A Story by a Peace Corps Volunteer

  • Personal Essay
  • English Language Arts

By Mike Tidwell - Peace Corps Volunteer

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  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Agriculture
  • Global Issues
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

These teaching suggestions are designed to support interdisciplinary exploration of the issue of food security.

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

Observe and film local environment and community to explore possible areas for future service learning projects.

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

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

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Lesson 1 for The Train Ride Home

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Arts & Music
  • Literature

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

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Social Studies

Students will examine the economic, health, and environmental risks of a one-crop economy in the developing world.

  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Sort your garbage on a timeline to better understand decomposition.

  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding

Personal essay

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Social Studies

Students will look at rural Mongolian nomadic culture through the eyes of a Peace Corps Volunteer and examine the dynamics of a people in transition.

  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Religion
  • English Language Arts

Students will examine family traditions as a microcosm of larger cultures.