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Peace Corps Third Goal:  A Development Education Opportunity

To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

   Peace Corps encourages all returned Volunteers to help achieve our Third Goal, helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans, by engaging in one or more of the following Peace Corps initiatives:

Additional Resources:

    SpeakersMatch makes it easier for RPCVs to find speaking opportunities - and for teachers to identify RPCVs who wish to visit their classrooms. Both educators and RPCVs can search the database by zip code for a match in their areas. Share your Peace Corps experiences with students and teachers in your community.

Here are some ways RPCVs can serve as a resource in a classroom:
* Educators teaching world civilization courses can call upon returned Volunteers who have served in non-Western cultures;
* Many returned Volunteer speakers have videotapes, photographic slides or prints, and artifacts that will provide your students with an eyewitness account of the cultural, social, and political conditions in many parts of the world;
* Language teachers can find returned Volunteers who will make presentations in the languages that they teach, such as Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese.

star    Peace Corps Week commemorates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, the Peace Corps community celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad and renews its commitment to service. Special events on that week include classroom visits by thousands of returned Peace Corps Volunteers in schools across the country, sharing their experiences and insights with students in all grades.

Each year on Peace Corps week, thousands of returned Volunteers mobilize to share with our nation's students the knowledge and insight they gained from their overseas experience. But Peace Corps week is only the beginning ...many educators and returned Peace Corps Volunteers establish educational partnerships that continue throughout the year.  

Peace Corps Week is from February 26 - March 4, 2017, traditionally, returned Volunteers and friends of the Peace Corps show solidarity by participating in Third Goal activities to honor both the work of the agency and its Volunteers of the past and present. Additionally, through concerted efforts by returned Volunteers and Peace Corps regional offices, elected leaders acknowledge Peace Corps Week through proclamations.

For more information about Third Goal activities, contact:
Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services
1111 20th St. NW Washington, DC 20526

star   RPCV Handbook: You're on your way home - Peace Corps provides information to assist you in bringing your service overseas to a close and begin planning for Third Goal activities. It also offers useful tips for your transition and serves as a reference for post-service opportunities. It includes a COS checklist, information about the RPCV Career Link jobs and scholarship board and other free RPCV resources, addresses for Peace Corps regional offices, and descriptions about other programs of interest. nd but seems current.

star    Global Presenters Handbook for returned Peace Corps volunteers who speak in the Northern California Peace Corps Association's Global Presenters program 2015

star    Uncommon Journeys: Peace Corps Adventures Across Cultures (Using Peace Corps Literature in the Classroom) Peace Corps WorldWise Schools October 2004 190p.

star   A Few Minor Adjustments a handbook for volunteers Peace Corps Office of Special Services 2006 includes Chapter Seven: Coming Home

star   World Wise Schools resources make it easy to integrate global issues and cultural awareness into the core content areas. Hear educator perspectives on the value of bringing global education into the classroom.

star    Bring Your Peace Corps Experience Home With Speakers Match Handbook for RPCVs by Amy and Greg Clark, Returned Volunteers from Nepal. Peace Crops Coverdell World Wise Schools c 2009

    Building Bridges A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding. Designed for easy adaptation by teachers in grades 6 through 12. c 2000

    Looking At Ourselves and Others.  This Peace Corps teacher guide contains lesson plans, activities and readings to introduce students to the concept of culture. c 1998

    The Peace Corps WorldWise Schools Handbook for RPCV Speakers 1995 archived 2013

    World Wise Schools Correspondence Handbook for Educators and Volunteers nd c 1997 archived 2013. Download the Match Handbook Educators (pdf) Peace Corps Volunteers (pdf)

If you would like to tell the Morocco story, there are a number of other resources that will help you.  They include:

    The Friends of Morocco Links

    Resources for Understanding Islam and the Arab World Compilation by Friends of Morocco listing web sites and publications

star    Peace Corps country page on Morocco

star    Embassy of the US in Morocco: Peace Corps in Morocco

    "Moroccan Culture Series" written by Casablanca resident, Laura K. Lawless

    The Children of Morocco (The Worlds Children) by Jules M. Hermes  Reading level: Ages 9-12  Paperback (March 1995) Carolrhoda Books; Gr. 3-6. After an introductory map section, Hermes tells the story of many different Moroccan children--nomadic Berbers, village dwellers, and city children from Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier.  Some of the children are living with families; others are on their own in cities. Children's contributions to the economy are explained in some detail, and Hermes supplies a respectful treatment of Islamic culture. The color photographs are well chosen, presenting a combination of individual portraits and pictures of the children's surrounding world.

   On-line Cultural Training Resource for Study Abroad. This material was developed to support and enhance a student’s ability to make successful cultural adjustments both before going overseas and upon returning home from studying abroad. It was produced primarily for traditional-aged, undergraduate US-American university students. Those preparing to participate in a study abroad program will find the first seven sections useful while those who are about to, or have, returned home from an international program can refer to the final four sections. The focus is generally on the concept of culture and how it impacts one’s ability to understand and function in a new and unfamiliar environment.  It concentrates on the skills, attitudes, and behaviors which all study abroad students, regardless of their specific destination, will find useful.This resource guide for study abroad is organized around materials collected and developed over 30 years of offering cross-cultural training courses at the University of the Pacific, specifically the linked orientation and reentry courses of the School of International Studies (SIS). The site also includes materials adapted from the “Culture Matters” Peace Corps Workbook.

   Bridges Between Cultures  A video by Dan Cahill
Dan Cahill (Kenitra 68-70) filmed video during the Moroccan-American Friendship Tour in November 2001. It includes interviews and reflections of the RPCVs and RPCV family members who were on the tour as well as Moroccans encountered. Dan is a filmmaker and does video production at New York University. The Friends of Morocco Moroccan-American Friendship Tour of November 2001 had several goals.  In the Aftermath of the terrorist attack of September 11 and the US reaction, tourism worldwide plummeted including American tourism to Morocco.  It is sill down 50% from historical levels. The tour was an opportunity for FOM members to get to Morocco to remind people that Morocco is a friend of America and the diversity of the Arab world and Islam, to help re-start the tourism economy, to return to their work sites and to bring that message back home to the U.S.

star   Volunteer Activity pages

WorldWise Schools> Water in Africa> Morocco (excellent stories and photos). Archives from 2013

Artists of Al-Maghrib
Hi! My name is Rob Revere. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a village near the city of Marrakech in Morocco. I worked as a small business development consultant with artists and craft cooperatives. c 2009 Archived 2013.

Starting Over
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Amelia Sparks spent three months in Sri Lanka as a Crisis Corps Volunteer, working on everything from database entry to construction projects. Gain a unique perspective on the effects of the tsunami from her own words and pictures. 2005 archived 2013

Overseas Phone Call from Morocco

Students from Lakeview Elementary School in Solon, Iowa speaks with Jessica, a Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in Morocco. Archived 2013

Overseas Phone Call from Morocco
Once a year a few Peace Corps volunteers get to talk by telephone with U.S. classrooms they've been communicating with. Today, the Henry Street School for International Studies in New York City speaks to Andrew, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Morocco. 2001 archived 3013

Three Lessons

September. Sunset. The town of Safi, Morocco. I was washing dishes in my sink.
By Craig Storti Morocco 1970–1972 (Reprinted from To Touch the World: The Peace Corps Experience) 1995 Archived 2013

You Can Dream; Stories of Moroccan Women Who Do

WorldWise Schools> Folktales> Tislet & Isli By Jennifer Fry, Morocco
WorldWise Schools> Stories> Neighbors by Orin Hargraves, Morocco

Read about Sharing Our Stories by Beth Giebus (RPCV Morocco)

Learn how Aimee Petras and Sarah Shaffer are making an Earth Day difference in the women and children's lives in the communities in which they serve.

The life of a Peace Corps Morocco agriculture volunteer: Cheryl Zainfeld

A day in the life of a Peace Corps Morocco Parks, Wildlife and Environmental Education  volunteer:  Christian Fowkes in Tazekka National Park

A Day in the life of a Peace Corps Morocco agriculture volunteer:  Jennifer Gillett

Volunteer Spotlight:  Tom Benson  Agriculture Sector

Neighbors by Orin Hargraves Morocco 1980-1982. Peace Corps Stories by volunteers

The Rhythm of Women by Kathryn Crabb Morocco 1995-1997. Peace Corps Stories by volunteers

The following are reminders about life in Morocco from Peace Corps Day 1998 preparation
Country information
School life

Return to Friends of Morocco Home Page

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