These videos are your students' window to the world. View vivid videos of daily life in Peace Corps countries from Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka to the Dominican Republic and Paraguay.
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Peace Corps Volunteers have a long history of working with individuals and communities to promote economic opportunities at the grassroots level. Watch a suite of videos featuring Peace Corps Volunteers in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Tonga describing projects they helped to develop. (4 clips, 2-5 minutes each, 2004-2006)
Peace Corps Volunteers Nicholas Hanson and Brian Newhouse help develop plans to use solar stills to solve the problem of Cape Verde’s perennial water shortage. This video illustrates how students and community members can come together to achieve lasting, meaningful results. (6 min., 2008) Lesson plan
Who would have thought you could harvest water from fog? In Cape Verde, Peace Corps Volunteer Nathan Lee worked with community members to use this innovative technique to help provide fresh water for arid areas of the island. (4 min., 2009)
This entertaining eight-minute video shows you how easy it is to commit a blunder, a gaffe, a slip-up in another culture. Things as simple and normal to you as sitting on the edge of a desk may be insulting in another country. See 14 examples of cultural gaffes acted out, then get some advice on how to try to avoid making such mistakes when you travel to another culture. (8 min., 2008)
In this sequel to our popular Cultural Gaffes Beyond Your Borders video, view 15 examples of social mistakes that can occur around the world, including within the United States. Expand your knowledge of some of the potential pitfalls of cross-cultural interaction; then, learn how to navigate an awkward situation with grace, and how to help others do the same. (11 min., 2009)
Natural waterfalls, waterslides, and cliff jumps help to bring tourism to a national park in the Dominican Republic. Hear how returned Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Kennedy worked with his Dominican colleagues to promote and implement ecotourism. (5 min., 2007) Transcript available in Spanish.
This video was a Peace Corps and the University of the South Pacific project designed to help educate Fijians about the value of the coral reefs in their waters. The video provides a valuable teaching tool for any classroom studying coral reefs, covering topics such as the biology of corals, community relationships, feeding behaviors, defense adaptations, and the effect of humans on coral reefs. (6 clips, 2-5 minutes each)
Access to safe water is important to human health, irrigation, sanitation, and many other aspects of human society. Yet in many of the world’s countries, communities struggle to sustain a reliable water supply. “The Last Drop” explores Jordan’s water situation through interviews with national and local officials, water researchers, and average Jordanian people. (Video in Jordanian with English subtitles, 10 min., 2008)
Peace Corps Volunteer April Williamson describes an initiative to collect and distribute more than 2,000 bed nets across north-central Senegal to prevent the spread of malaria.
(4 min., 2010) Lesson Plan | WebQuest
Former Peace Corps Volunteers Cory Owens and Clare Major show how they worked alongside farmers in Senegal to improve their yield and help them organize. (8 min., 2007)
This video details a project to improve health education in Togo, a country with 40 different ethnic groups speaking 50 dialects. "Road to Lamesen" investigates the intricate process and delicate gender roles in such a project. (23 minutes) Transcript
While serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, Dave Fossum learned to play Turkmen national music on a dutar, a two-stringed instrument. In the three parts of this slide show, learn about the dutar, appreciate the structure of Turkmen music, and watch Dave perform with his teacher in Turkmenistan. (3 clips, 3-6 minutes each, 2008)
This video highlights several different provinces of this African country, focusing on Cameroon's rich cultural and geographic diversity. First place winner of the NAGC Gold Screen Competition and Finalist in the 16th Annual Telly Awards. (20 min.)
The culture, geography, and work of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic come to life in this video. (19 min.)
This video examines the issue of deforestation as well as the contrasts between rural and urban life. Honorable Mention in both the Telly Award and the NAGC Gold Screen Competition. (20 min., 1992)
The independent republic of Kyrgyzstan has historically been a crossroads of trade and culture, making this mountainous country home to tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity. Through the eyes of students, this video shows how the people of Kyrgyzstan are working to rebuild their economy and reclaim their heritage. (22 min., 1996)
In 1991, this Baltic state became the first Soviet republic to declare its independence, sparking a dramatic political upheaval. This video explores the impact of these extraordinary changes on the lives of students and their communities. Telly Award Finalist. (20 min., 1994)
In this video, viewers examine the important role that geography has had in influencing Marshallese life. This video was produced by high school students from Teutopolis, Illinois. (20 min., 1992)
Here you will see the lives of young Paraguayans in both rural and urban settings. Students see firsthand how the modern mestizo culture has blended both Guarani and Spanish heritage. Going through a typical day, you will learn about economic and environmental issues facing this country. (20 min., 1995)
This video explores the country's ethnic groups, the influence of its colonial past, and the geography of its landscape. Viewers also examine alternative approaches to medicine and problem solving. (15 min., 1991)
Sri Lanka is a natural crossroads for commerce, culture, and religion. Viewers explore the culture and history of this island nation and are introduced to two families, one Tamil and one Sinhalese. (16 min., 1992)
Viewers of this video learn of the enormous impact that a long drought has had on this mountain kingdom. The people's response to the drought illustrates not only the importance of water in Lesotho, but also the value placed on teamwork. Telly Award Winner. (21 min., 1994) Lesson plan