Ask a Volunteer
Q: What has been your favorite part of being matched in the Correspondence Match program?
A: My teacher and I held a Skype video session between my host family and her class. The children from the class in the U.S. finally “met” the people they had been learning about. My two host brothers are around the same grade, so the class was really able to connect. To celebrate the event, one of the children’s parents made traditional food from my Peace Corps country – khachapuri! Thanks to technology and the World Wise Schools Correspondence Match program, these children had an unforgettable experience.
Jefferson Sommers II, English Education Peace Corps Volunteer, Georgia
A: I love the professional connection. It helps me remember that what I do makes a bigger impact, and helps put the work into a larger context.
Jenneffer Sixkiller, Information Technology Peace Corps Volunteer, South Africa
A: My favorite part of being matched with a teacher is being able to spread knowledge outside of my social world. Understanding and knowing about other cultures is so important, and it's essential to have as much information as possible about the world around us. World Wise Schools helps toward this.
Tom Speaker, English Education Peace Corps Volunteer, Mongolia.
A: My favorite part of the World Wise Schools match-up has been hearing the stories from my matching teacher about how excited her students have been to receive letters from my students, and all the research they have been inspired to do to learn all about this little corner of the world. It has also been exciting to introduce my students to a form of communication with the world outside Pohnpei, which they had not previously experienced. Students on both sides of the Pacific are benefitting from this experience in broadening their world view.
Ruthanne Swanson, Elementary Education Peace Corps Volunteer, Micronesia