Peace Corps: World Wise Schools

Since being founded in 1989 by then-Director of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell, The Coverdell World Wise Schools (WWS) program has worked to fulfill the third goal of the Peace Corps: to educate Americans about the people and countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve. More than two million students have participated in WWS programs, broadening their perspectives, increasing cultural awareness, understanding global connections, and performing community service. Educators can use published WWS materials to teach cross-cultural understanding and respect for other cultures worldwide. The materials are used in subjects as varied as social studies, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, environmental education, and international economics. Teachers incorporate WWS materials into existing study units or use them as the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary curriculum. For more information visit https://pclive.peacecorps.gov/pclive/index.php/learn-explore/volunteer-tools/wws

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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Students learn about culture in Chad through the eyes of two Peace Corps Volunteers: Michael Varga, who served in Chad from 1977-1979, and Fan Yang,...
Students will examine how the author confronted the challenges of a new language and a new culture. Aligned to Common Core State Standard: RH.9-10.1
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Students will begin to analyze what it is that constitutes culture.
  • World Languages
  • MS, HS
Enhance your world language study and listen to language lessons from around the world with this great selection of podcasts from the Peace Corps.
  • MS, HS
Enhance your world language study and listen to language lessons from around the world with this great selection of podcasts from the Peace Corps.
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Peace Corps Volunteers work on a wide variety of activities, from teaching environmental awareness to planting trees within a community. This is a...
Peace Corps Volunteers reflect on the deep connection of water to all aspects of life.
Peace Corps Volunteers reflect on the deep connection of water to all aspects of life. This is a podcast by Keith Talbot.
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Common Core
World Wide Schools celebrate folk tales from around the world. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.6
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Students will examine and experience roles and customs of rural Mongolians through role-playing, and they will compare unfamiliar roles from Mongolia...