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World Pal Program
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World Pal is an international exchange program between young thinkers that incorporates handwritten letters and an outlet for short video exchanges between the participants via a host website. The theory behind the World Pal program is that developing strong connections between young thinkers around the world will spark interest and respect for different cultures at an early age. In developing this interest and communication among youth, via “slow communication,” the students will be encouraged to appreciate an individual experience as a component of a larger, diverse population.
An example of a customizable World Pal structure:
First quarter – September: “School” (i.e. What are you learning? What grade are you in? What is your teacher like?)
Second quarter – December: “Family” (i.e. how many siblings? Where do you live? What are your parents like?)
Third quarter – March: “Food/Culture” (i.e. what are your favorite foods? Do you have a national food? What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate?)
Fourth quarter – May: “Hobbies/Sports/Music” (i.e. what sports do you play? What music do you listen to? What do most children your age do before and after school?)
Video component – Based on technological availability at the participants’ disposal, a platform can be arranged available on a host website for students communicate with their World Pals via a short video. I.e., a video conference could be arranged between classrooms at the end of the program. This component allows for the students to see and hear one another after communicating via written letters for several months. This will deepen their understanding of their new pal’s culture.
If your organization (school, company, non-profit, faith-based group, etc) is interested in participating in the World Pal program with a similarly-interested group abroad – please contact me directly at email@example.com. This activity will be free of charge: My World Travel is only here to organize your communication. Ideally the organization will be able to provide mailing materials & costs. If not, we will work something out.
Examples to get your brain moving:
- A university Business Development class in Louisville with a university Business Development class in Bulgaria, for the purpose of comparing ideas and developing globally sound methods of entrepreneurship.
- A youth group located in Israel wanting to connect with a youth group in America to share their culturally-specific experiences of Judaism.
- A company researching green-initiatives in Texas with a company researching green initiatives in Dubai.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for participation!