Kindergartners locate Burkina Faso on a map and send questions via instant message to a Peace Corps Volunteer living there. High school students raise money to provide computers for a classroom in El Salvador. ESOL students interact with a returned Volunteer and share stories of adapting to a new language and culture. These are just a few of the exciting educational experiences made possible by Coverdell World Wise Schools’ Correspondence Match and Speakers Match programs!
To bring Peace Corps Volunteers’ stories to U.S. teachers and students, Correspondence Match connects classrooms with Volunteers serving overseas, while Speakers Match brings returned Peace Corps Volunteers into schools across the country. Every year, these programs connect thousands of students with Peace Corps Volunteers, providing rich exchanges of culture, ideas, and experiences. This month, we bring you new tips to help you make use of these programs, and highlight some inspiring stories from matches around the country.
Bring the world to your students by inviting a returned Peace Corps Volunteer to visit your classroom or community group. The Speakers Match program provides a fascinating way for students to learn about another culture and hear an inspiring story of service. Volunteers share photographs, artifacts, music, language, and stories. Their work in education, health, environmental issues, agriculture, and business can help your students learn about global issues as well as the geography and culture of another country.
World Wise Schools is proud to unveil our new Speakers Match Handbook! Rich with resources for educators and Peace Corps Volunteer speakers, we hope it will help you make the Speakers Match program enjoyable and useful for your students. The handbook provides teaching suggestions to connect your Speakers Match activity with Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, World Languages, and other subjects. It also includes suggestions for communication between the speaker and teacher, and ideas for pre- and post-visit activities to extend the learning of the speaker’s visit.
If you are not already taking advantage of these unique programs, we hope you will consider using Speakers Match and Correspondence Match, and encourage your colleagues to do so! Please keep in touch with World Wise Schools and let us know how the programs are working for you. Email email@example.com and tell us about your experiences. We welcome your stories and your feedback!