Global Updates From World View
March 2008

Introducing our new World View-Rotary Ambassadorial E-pal Scholar at-large and Resources form Rotary International

Rotary is an organization of over 30,000 clubs in 167 countries. Members are business and professional leaders who join together to provide humanitarian service and to build goodwill and peace around the world. The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Program allows college students and professionals an opportunity to live and study in a foreign country. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.

World View-Rotary Ambassadorial E-pal Scholar at-Large

For the past four years, World View has been arranging E-pal connections between Rotary Scholars abroad and North Carolina classes and schools. These E-pal connections give students a personal view into life in another world region and culture, increase global awareness, make the study of a country come alive for students, and build bridges between continents.

The Scholar at-large is an Ambassadorial Scholar who has agreed to share his or her experiences with all. The Scholar will answer questions and share stories about daily life and work in the country they are living. This year’s Scholar at-large is Sarah Price.

Presently, Sarah is fulfilling her ambassadorial scholarship at New Zealand's oldest university, the University of Otago in Dunedin. She is studying a broad range of subjects, including nutrition, exercise science, and New Zealand history and culture.

To read more about Sarah and to learn more about connecting your school with a Rotary Scholar, please visit our new blog:

Teachers can submit questions from their students about Sarah’s life and work in New Zealand and the questions will be answered on the blog. Also, you can find links to teaching resources and further information on New Zealand. We will continue to add educators resources to the site and if you have any to share please email your suggestions to Julie at World View (

If you enjoy reading our Rotary Scholar at-Large’s blog, consider requesting a Rotary Scholar E-pal for your own class. To connect a Rotary Scholar with your class or school, contact Regina Higgins at World View at (919) 843-7793 or

Internationalize Your School: Resources and Programs from Rotary International

Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange is a program designed to send high school students between the ages of 15 and 25 to live and attend school in a foreign country for up to a year. The short-term and long-term programs provide thousands of students with the opportunity to meet people from cultures different than their own. Today there are more than 80 countries hosting over 8,000 Rotary Youth Exchange participants annually. Although the families of the students are responsible for arranging transportation to the host country, the Youth Exchange participant’s local Rotary Club will pay for tuition in the country. Some Rotary clubs have established scholarships for disadvantaged students to help fund the cost of plane tickets and other expenses. Check with your local Rotary club to see if they offer such assistance.

Rotary International sponsors a service club for youth ages 14-18 called Interact. This program helps teens develop leadership skills, while engaging in fun service projects. Local Rotary Clubs sponsor individual Interact clubs and commit to providing guidance and support to the youth. Interact clubs must complete at least two service projects a year, one of which much foster international understanding.

In addition to Interact, there is a service club for individuals 18-30 years old called Rotaract. Local Rotary Clubs sponsor these community or university-based groups. Currently there are over 7,000 Rotaract clubs worldwide.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
RYLA is Rotary's leadership training program for people ages 14-30, emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. (Local clubs and districts may choose to focus on a narrower age range). Selected Participants attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss and develop leadership skills. Local Rotary clubs and districts select attendees and facilitate the events. RYLA often leads to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs, and participants frequently go on to become Rotary Youth Exchange students or Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars.

Rotary Friendship Exchange
The Rotary Friendship Exchange was developed to provide Rotarians and their families an opportunity to explore and experience other cultures by staying in the homes of Rotarians all over the world. Rotary International hopes that through these friendship exchanges local Rotary clubs will strengthen fellowship and service projects, and will increase cross-cultural understanding.

The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Rotary International. The Foundation sponsors international humanitarian service projects and educational and cultural exchanges. The Rotary Foundation's Educational Programs that are most fitting for K-12 and community college educators include the Ambassadorial Scholarships and the Group Study Exchange.

Ambassadorial Scholarships
As mentioned above, the Rotary Foundation offers Ambassadorial Scholarships for college students and qualified professionals to further international understanding. This scholarship program is the world’s largest privately-funded international scholarship program and current scholars are living in over 70 countries across the globe.

Group Study Exchange
The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. Rotary Foundation will provide transportation to the host country and local Rotarians are responsible for providing room and board.


Several local Rotary clubs have helped to sponsor school teams to World View programs. To learn more about any of the Rotary programs listed above, or to find out how Rotary can support your school's global education initiative, contact your local Rotary Club. Rotary has divided North Carolina into eight districts, comprised of over 250 local clubs. To find the club nearest you click here or to search for a local Rotary Club website click here.

Education around the World

Learning begins at birth

Early childhood programmes have positive short-term effects, but can also improve the child's performance later in school. Here young children in Nepal © UNESCO/Vidal.
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Register now for World View’s spring seminars in Chapel Hill

March 25-26
North Carolina and Latin America

March 26-27
Understanding Contemporary Africa

Cost: $150 per person per seminar, or $275 for both seminars. Reduced registration fees for schools and colleges registering 4 or more persons. A team of 4 is $500 per seminar. Only $125 for each additional team member per seminar.

Register online: or call 919/962-9264 for more information


Technology Tools for Global Education
Workshop Series

April 5 and May 3, 2008
Carolina Center for Educational Excellence

Recognizing the need to support teachers as they prepare students with 21st Century Learning Skills, these two daylong workshops focus on the integration of global education into any classroom. The workshops are designed in a linear fashion to take the participant from the "tourist classroom" to creating a global classroom using technology. Participants who already possess rudimentary knowledge of global education may elect to attend only the second day. The workshops include the following sessions:

Session 1: April 5, 9:00am - 12:00pm
What Is Global Education?

Session 2: April 5, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Exploring a Global Classroom

Session 3: May 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Crafting a Global Experience

Session 4: May 3, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Participating in a Global Experience

CEUs:   3.0 license renewal credits for attending all four workshops and completing an outside activity
Cost:    $60 per day
For more information or to register please go to:


Beyond the Sunbelt: Southern Economic Development in a Global Context
April 13 and 14, 2008
The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

This year's conference, the fourth in the series Navigating the Global American South will bring together 200 academics, policy makers, and economic development practitioners from across the region and beyond. The goal of the conference is to examine how global forces are shaping regional economic development strategies and to consider the best paths forward. Topics to be covered include:
1) Trade with India and China
2) Labor Migration and Demographic Shifts
3) Uneven Effects of Globalization Across Regions and Sectors
4) Environmental Concerns and Opportunities
5) Technology and Regional Economic Development
6) Education and Retraining

There will also be a special focus on private and public partnerships with institutions of higher education to capitalize on opportunities and solve problems created by this profound change in the economic landscape.

For more information, please visit or contact


Virginia Startalk Chinese Teacher Academy
June 16 - July 13, 2008

University of Virginia has received the Startalk grant to implement the Virginia Startalk Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA) at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In this residential teacher training program participants will develop skills and knowledge in second language acquisition theories and best practices, receive intensive training and gain first-hand experience, create an E-portfolio for enhancing or pursuing a successful career in teaching Chinese, and enjoy frequent co-curricular cultural activities and field trips. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive three UVa credits for a graduate-level course on teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Eligibility: Demonstrated interest in pursuing or enhancing professional careers in teaching Chinese language in the K-16 setting or in Chinese heritage schools.
Costs: There are no registration fees and participants need only to pay for transportation to and from the residential site.
Deadline: March 31, 2008.


Germany’s 1968: A Cultural Revolution Workshop
April 11 - 12, 2008
Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall
UNC at Chapel Hill

Four decades later, the memories of Germany’s student movement have faded from view and media and political myth making have shaped the popular understanding of these student revolts from the late sixties. Although the actual events continue to shape the consciousness of the revolts’ veterans, the brief epoch’s iconic status in the public sphere has ballooned and become distorted. The result of amnesia and over-representation, “sixty-eight” has assumed today contradictory meanings: either the onset of disorder or overdue liberalization.

This workshop undertakes a critical reappraisal of the causes, the course and consequences of the events and ideas commonly associated with the symbolic date of 1968 in the two Germanies. It will examine the motives that fueled this generational rebellion, analyze new forms of political confrontation which activists developed, and explore the impact of shifts in culture that propelled and grew out of these protests. The workshop will feature faculty from Triangle universities, from across the United States and from Europe, as well as a keynote address from Peter Schneider entitled “Rebellion & Disillusion: A Personal Report.”

Registration and additional information can be found at

Chinese American Cultural Bridge Center
Educators’ Tour to China

July 15 – July 29, 2009

This tour is designed to give educators’ the experience of discovering the geography, history, & culture of China first hand, and will allow the opportunity of meeting and exchanging ideas with Chinese educators. This 15-day journey will take educators to Beijing, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Shaolin Temple, Xian and Shanghai for the all-inclusive price of $3,850 (estimated). For complete itinerary & details, please visit:


Global Citizen Corps Leadership Program

Do you know high school students who want to lead the movement to end global poverty and be at the forefront of the fight to create a better world?  

The Global Citizen Corps Leadership Program is a national network of high school students who educate and mobilize their schools and communities to fight global poverty. Leaders gain the knowledge and skills to become effective anti-poverty advocates through in-person and online training from Mercy Corps staff.  They organize Global Action Days to inform and inspire their peers about global challenges like HIV/AIDS, hunger, climate change and access to education.

For more information visit
Application deadline is April 15, 2008. 


2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination

2 Million Minutes is a new documentary film that looks at how American education falls short in today’s global economy. Creator, Bob Compton suggests that the difference in the way students use their roughly two million minutes in high school will seriously affect their economic futures and that of their country. The film compares educational standards in the United States with those in India and China by following two students from each of these counties and interviewing them, as well as members of their families about the priorities in their lives during their senior year in high school. 2 Million Minutes provides insight into the changing nature of competition in a technology-based global economy.   To view a trailer of the film 2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination or to purchase a copy of the film on DVD, go to:


School in India in Need of Books and other Teaching Materials

Are you looking for a service-learning or fundraising opportunity that could help your students learn about a developing country? A non-profit preK-12 school in a village of Varanasi, India is in need of textbooks and teaching materials. In particular they are looking for art, music, science, math, social studies, and English books, but would also love to have any worksheets and activities, and teachers' guides. Participating schools would need to be responsible for shipping and handling. If you are interested in sending books or materials, please email Julie at World View