Peace Corps and National Geographic Society Celebrate Partnership

Media Advisory
Attention: Assignment Editors, Producers, Reporters

Washington, D.C., January 24, 2003 –Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez and the National Geographic Society’s Executive Director Barbara Chow will announce on Monday, January 27, their collaborated efforts in creating the Peace Corps’ newest curriculum resource, a booklet entitled Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding.

Peace Corps developed lesson plans incorporating real-life experiences of Peace Corps volunteers throughout the world teaching cultural awareness from Armenia to Zambia, Belize to Uganda. The goal is to help students better understand their own culture as well as understanding and respecting the cultures of others.

Building Bridges is available in print as a 48-page soft-cover volume and on Peace Corps’ Web site at

Monday, January 27, 2003
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B340
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, SW
Washington, D.C.

Invitees include members of Congress, White House Staff, Foreign Embassies, Foreign Ambassadors, DC Public School administrators, teachers, and students, National Geographic Society Staff, and Peace Corps Staff

Media contacts:
Barbara Daly
Press Secretary

Marta Metelko
Deputy Press Secretary

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