Global Updates From World View
June 2009

Spotlight on Heifer International

Heifer International provides a holistic approach to ending world poverty. Providing a source of food rather than short-term relief, Heifer International is one of the leading non-profits for sustainable development. Heifer also produces curriculum guides, organizes international study tours, and operates several hands-on learning programs throughout the U.S., allowing students to “walk in the shoes of another’s reality through poverty, possibility, and hope.”

World View not only values Heifer’s humanitarian efforts around the globe, but also its dedication to educating America’s youth about the world. This issue of Global Updates highlights Heifer’s 65-year legacy, their unique education resources, and their Heifer Study Tours.

Global Education in NC

Magellan Charter Connects to the World!

The sixth graders at The Magellan Charter School in Raleigh enjoyed a first-hand view of life in Santiago, Chile through the eyes of their WebFriend and Rotary Scholar, Shepard Daniels. Shepard, a graduate student, is living in Santiago while studying at the university.

To read more about this sixth grade class and their Rotary WebFriend, see below .

For more information about World View’s Rotary WebFriends program, go to:


I. Heifer International’s Legacy

A Midwestern farmer named Dan West was ladling out rations of milk to hungry children during the Spanish Civil War when it hit him. “These children don’t need a cup, they need a cow.”

West, who was serving as a Church of the Brethren relief worker, was forced to decide who would receive the limited rations and who wouldn’t – literally, who would live and who would die. This kind of aid, he knew, would never be enough. So West returned home to form Heifers for Relief, dedicated to ending hunger permanently by providing families with livestock and training so that they “could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children.” - Excerpt from

Sixty-five years later, Heifer International now spans the globe with over 869 active projects in 53 countries/provinces and 27 states. Although Heifer promotes, organizes, and facilitates environmentally friendly sustainable development projects, maintaining the following 12 Cornerstones is their priority:
Passing on the Gift
Sharing and Caring
Sustainability and Self-Reliance
Improved Animal Management
Nutrition and Income
Gender and Family Focus
Genuine Need and Justice
Improving the Environment
Full Participation
Training and Education
Passing on the Gift allows families and individuals who have received animals to be donors themselves. This spirit of goodwill ripples through the community as animals are passed on and bonds are formed in a group effort to better their own lives. -Excerpt from
Proud new cattle owner shows off her gift during World View’s annual Heifer Honduras Study Tour.
II. Heifer’s Education Resources

Heifer International allows a classroom to purchase livestock or other value-providing animals for a needy community on the other side of the world.

There are gift options ranging from a flock of chicks to llamas to water buffalos, each of which provide a community with renewable sources of food or clothing or farming help. The animals that classrooms purchase help communities all over the globe who are facing hunger and poverty. The “Chores for Change” program of Heifer International is a volunteer service program for youth.

Heifer also has created curriculum kits for grades K-8. New global education kits are scheduled for distribution this year. They include Heifer’s acclaimed Read to Feed reading incentive activity and Get It: Global Education to Improve Tomorrow curriculum-based service-learning activity.
III . Heifer’s Serving and Learning Centers

Heifer International operates several hands-on learning centers that allow students to “walk in the shoes of another’s reality through poverty, possibility, and hope.” Heifer’s nationwide learning centers offer a variety of day and overnight culture and service-based programs for students and adults.

How would you instill in your students a sense of empathy for those in poverty? Would your lesson include a role- playing activity? Heifer’s center in Perryville, Arkansas allows students to experience first-hand substandard living conditions with an overnight stay in a re-created global village. Students learn to identify global poverty issues and how to create sustainable solutions.

Click on the video link below to see how Colorado middle school students survived in this re-created global village, and hear the powerful lessons they learned along the way.

In addition to the global village experience, students and adults can take advantage of Heifer’s Service-Learning program at Overlook Farm ( Rutland, MA). This program combines interactive lessons on global issues such as hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation with opportunities to give the gift of volunteerism. Heifer’s Service-Learning Program teaches that in addition to financial support, individuals must consider their own habits and attitudes toward social responsibility. Click here to learn more about Heifer’s Learning Centers nationwide.

The described “living classroom” service-learning module is not limited to use by humanitarian organizations. Classrooms across the United States are engaging students in service-learning instruction as part of teaching responsible global citizenry. What exactly is service-learning? Learn and Serve America, a national service-learning program, defines service-learning as follows:

“Service-learning is an exciting, hands-on approach to education taking place in a wide variety of settings: in schools and universities, and in community-based and faith-based organizations throughout the country.  The core concept driving this educational strategy is that by combining service objectives and learning objectives, along with the intent to show measurable change in both the recipient and the provider of the service, the result is a radically-effective transformative method of teaching students .”

For more information and resources on service-learning in global education go to the December 2008 issue of Global Updates.

IV. Educator Opportunities

In the summer of 2008, World View traveled with thirty-six North Carolina educators to the Central American country of Honduras to learn more about issues of poverty and sustainable development. This exceptional opportunity was made possible by Heifer Study Tours. These unique specialized expeditions around the world lead participants through the "daily lives of extraordinary people working to improve the lives of their community".

Heifer Study Tours go beyond sightseeing and leave their participants forever changed. See what past World View participants had to say about their time in Honduras.

This particular trip is much more issue-based and engaging than any other I have been on. I believe the end of this trip is the beginning of the journey. - James Sprunt Community College Faculty  

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have had this experience. I will use what I learned in the coming years of teaching. I am going to design a chart for my students to record their family water usage, and then compare it to Honduras and other countries. Also, I hope to implement another project of how to "catch" water for reuse. I am excited about using bits and pieces of the information I witnessed first-hand. I also am going to sell small paper cows for my students to help raise money to sponsor a gift for a family in Honduras. -West McDowell Jr. High Science Teacher

Click the link below to watch a participant-generated film of the 2008 World View Heifer Honduras Study Tour.

World View takes educators to Honduras every summer with support from Heifer International. If you would like more information about Heifer Honduras Study Tour 2010, please contact Carina Brossy at or 919/843-7793.

Global Education in NC (continued)

Magellan Charter Connects to the World!

As a part of their studies of South America, students at Magellan Charter School held an introductory Skype session with their Rotary WebFriend, Shepard. She responded with questions and comments to her blog postings about Chile, and the sixth graders created their own class blog with comments comparing Chile to the other countries that they were researching.

Weekly topics for the blog discussions and research included Where, Who, What and When. Each week Shepard discussed the topic on her blog as it pertained to Chile, and classes had the opportunity to post questions to her online. Then students researched and discussed the information about their assigned countries on the class blog.

According to students, “It’s been neat to communicate with someone who is actually in Chile; we can ask her questions about her experiences. Our class blog has been interesting because we have the opportunity to discuss our countries that we researched with the whole sixth grade, not just our class.”

Teachers noted the high level of student enthusiasm and engagement in the project, as well as the application of critical thinking skills during their discussions.

For more information about World View’s Rotary Global WebFriends program, go to


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Mark Your Calendars and Register Now!
World View's Annual Global Education Symposium
"21st Century Skills for the Global Economy"

October 14-15, 2009
Registration Now Open

Co-sponsored by:
UNC School of Education and
The Center for International Understanding

Today’s employers need graduates equipped with the skills necessary to compete in an increasingly global, knowledge-based economy. World View’s symposium offers educators from all subject areas and in all grade levels techniques for integrating 21st Century skills across the curriculum, as well as other global education resources. There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions on both content and classroom applications, and support for school-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing schools. CEU credits will be offered.

Cost (North Carolina Educators): Registration is $150 per person.  A team of 4 is $500 (save $100).  A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district.  Only $125 for each additional team member per seminar.

Cost (Out-of-State Educators): Registration is $250 per person.

OR please call 919/962-9264.

Online Teacher Workshop from the NC Museum of History

Log on to the Internet for distance-learning programs for educators and earn continuing education credits (up to forty contact hours), including reading and technology CEUs. Access the workshops anytime during the program dates. You must have access to a computer with an Internet connection to participate. The cost per workshop is $35, $25 for Associates. Each program is limited to thirty participants, so register early!

For more information, visit the web page or e-mail

Upcoming workshop:

North Carolina Geography
Explore the Tar Heel State’s geography throughout its history. Background material and interactive activities will provide you with resources to integrate North Carolina geography into your curriculum.
Dates: July 1 to August 15, 2009


New Report
Narrowing the Atlantic: The way forward for EU-US trade and investment" Available 

The report, Narrowing the Atlantic: The way forward for EU-US trade and investment, argues that the EU and the US share the world's largest trade and investment relationship, but that there are still numerous obstacles. Although the two sides would benefit from removing barriers, they should take care how they proceed. It also argues against the idea of a transatlantic free trade agreement, on the grounds that it would almost certainly discriminate against outsiders and would therefore undermine the multilateral trading system. The report acknowledges that the current economic backdrop is hardly propitious for market-opening initiatives. But it argues that protectionism would be a flawed response to the current economic crisis.

For a copy of this report, click here.


Effective Foreign Language Learning Workshop

Carolina Center for
Educational Excellence
UNC - Chapel Hill

Participants will learn to:

  • Orchestrate a classroom environment where all students learn to speak a new language successfully and joyfully
  • Enhance all students' memory and retention with the help of powerful learning tools
  • Incorporate findings from the newest brain research
  • Address students' many different learning styles
  • Eliminate students' learning blocks so that they reach their potential
  • Incorporate classical music, art, storytelling, drama, and singing into your classroom as well as some simple cross-lateral exercises to enhance students' focus and attention
August 4th and 5th, 2009
1.5 CEUs

For more information and to register visit the CCEE Website:


Sustainable Harvest International's
Educators Workshop

Cocle Province, Panama

This Educators Workshop will take place in SHI's work site in Cocle Province, Panama with the participation of SHI Panama field staff and Panamanian educators in SHI-supported villages. The goal is to engage in dialogue about community-based service-learning that involves concepts of sustainability, organic agriculture, and environmental restoration. Through activities in our schools and afternoon visits to active SHI families, participants will develop and share curriculum ideas that can be brought back to their home schools. All participants will be able to shape the service-learning curriculum guide that will be produced at the end of the trip and shared with everyone. Participants will be exposed to rural Panamanian culture through homestays and other cultural activities - and enjoy the beauty of Panama's lush tropical forests and sunshine!

August 2-11, 2009

For more information
and to register visit: