Read about US classroom experience participating in the Correspondence Match program.
Volunteer Travels 5,379 Miles to Speak to Classroom
5,379 miles is a long way to go to tell students how to cook a chicken in a mud stove.
This and other lessons learned were addressed by current Peace Corps volunteer Molly Rosett, serving in Benin, Africa. Molly has been my class's correspondence match since August and as part of her vacation, she spent part of her precious time in the United States talking to her pen pals.
I am so deeply touched and honored that Molly would travel such a distance (my school is in rural North Carolina, not close to many urban areas or airports). Her actions show her obvious passion for the Peace Corps and relay her belief in the importance of educating students about service to others.
As an educator, it was so valuable for me to see students engaged in a potential life outside of Ipods and television media. One of the lessons Molly addresses (other than being resourceful and environmentally conscience) was learning to truly enjoy the company of others.
It doesn't matter if you're in 7th grade or in the real-world, that is a valuable lesson.
Thank you again for such a great program.
National Teaching Fellow
Henderson, North Carolina
West JHS Students Learn About Africa Through Letters with Peace Corps Worker
This dialogue has given the students something more than a textbook could tell them, it has really given them a firsthand look at what life is really like there," said Ms. Wonson, who spent five months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar in 1999.
Thank you so very much for matching us up with Christean Cole in Peru
"My class and I just want to thank you so very much for matching us up with Christean Cole in Peru. She shares with us great information about adjusting to life in a new country and learning a new language. Her letters are informative, humorous, and very touching. Since my class is composed of ESOL students, they can relate to her experiences. I have three students from Peru in my class and each time we hear from Christean, they become very nostalgic for their homeland.
I am so very happy that we joined the program.
Colorado Academy, Denver, CO
My name is Daniel Lopez. I am a teacher of Upper School Spanish and World History at Colorado Academy in Denver. I am writing to tell you that our "adopted" Peace Corps Volunteer, Christy Trimmer (Bolivia), surprised us with a visit last week! She brought slides and artifacts from her site, as well as letters from local kids. Needless to say, my students couldn't have been more excited.
I just wanted to let you know that the ""match" program has been such an enriching thing for my classes. And your volunteers are exceptional people! (But you know that already...no?)
Toluca Lake Elementary School, N.Hollywood, CA
The students have had a wonderful time participating in the World Wise Schools program. In fact, many of the students have voiced an interest in working as Peace Corps volunteers when they grow up! This excellent learning experience which will continue to inspire my students long into the future. Please forward our gratitude to all of the folks at the Peace Corps who have made this possible.
Toluca Lake Elementary School
N. Hollywood, CA
Grand Canyon Unified Schools
I would like to take this time to thank you for placing my class with Peace
Corps Volunteer David Tye. During his holiday break, David came to visit the
students, and talked to us for over two hours. David brought, photots, maps,
African items, and a present for the class. The students were enthralled, and
I was enchanted with his ability to meet the third goal of Peace Corps in "bringing the world back home." I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and this is what it is all about. Thank you! [Could] David can get any kind of recognition for what he has done, as he did not have to drive four hours to talk to my students, he did not have to bring a present, bring pictures, or totally engage us from his very first anecdote.
WWS is a wonderful program, and I thank you again for the placement of this volunteer with my class. Oh, I can not forget that when David first wrote to us, it was not a general letter to the class, no that would have been to mundane, this young man wrote 21 seperate letters individually to each student, adn one to me the teacher. Talk about hooking and engaging learning,Wow!!!
Grand Canyon Unified Schools