Global Updates From World View
December 2009

Globalizing Your Afterschool Program

For most students the learning doesn’t stop when the last bell rings.  The America After 3PM survey, conducted by the Afterschool Alliance ( found that roughly 12% or 179,874 of North Carolina’s K-12 children participate in afterschool programs. On average, afterschool participants spend 10 hours per week in afterschool programs.  In North Carolina, the public schools are the largest provider of afterschool programs, with additional programs offered by Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, religious organizations, and private schools.  Afterschool program educators can use this valuable time to reinforce the skills students are learning during school hours.  They can continue teaching about the world by integrating lessons across the curriculum and implementing engaging student-centered activities.  Afterschool programs not only provide safe and stimulating care while parents work but also give children extra time to learn. 

Listed below are a few activities or strategies to start globalizing your afterschool program. Even if you don't teach in an afterschool program, try these activities in your classroom!

Around the World.  Take your students on a tour around the world and learn about different cultures, languages, traditions, and more.  Be sure to focus on the ordinary, not the exceptional.  Once you have learned about several countries, discuss what is similar and what is different about each country on the same continent and then across continents.  Also, see what global connections you can make between North Carolina and the country you are studying.  Here are just a few activity ideas, arranged by continent, to get you started:

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Snow Hill Afterschool Students Prepared for the 21st Century

Snow Hill Primary’s afterschool program, Young Scholars, focuses on preparing their students for the 21st Century by exposing them to diverse curriculum areas.  The program is based on the knowledge that to prepare 21st Century students for the global economy, they must be competent in understanding other cultures, well versed in STEM, and work well collaboratively.  It is with these things in mind that the Snow Hill Primary Young Scholars program is designed.

In order to expose students to other cultures, each student attends a class on cultural awareness activities.  Examples of these activities include using Google Earth to travel the globe with their own passport, which is stamped for every country they learn about, learning a foreign language such as Spanish, and learning about the many different types of celebrations that occur around the world.  The most influential project the Young Scholars do is their collaboration with a Cultural Correspondent from the Center for International Understanding (CIU).  Click here to continue reading.

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Students corresponding with Moroccan correspondent.d

Cultural Correspondents partners university study abroad students with K-8 classrooms. University students present lessons on their host country, culture, and experiences. K-8 students learn firsthand about another country’s cultures, climate, economy, geography, and more. Correspondent teachings are supervised and facilitated by the classroom teacher and each participant receives training in web conferencing, to allow real-time communication and collaboration.

Contact Jessie Mendez at CIU for more information


  1. Start a dialogue about the African continent by having students play Bingo! The African Connection game from Boston University: 

  2. Explore Africa’s rich diversity so students can better appreciate the large number of countries and people from different backgrounds that make up this continent.  One way to do this is to learn about the many ways in which people earn a living. http://exploringafrica.matrix
    Another example would be to look at the different modes of transportation.    You can also do a similar exercise when studying Asia or South America.

  3. Read books.  The UNC African Studies Center has a lending library of books and other materials.
    .  See also the latest winners of the Children’s Africana Book Awards


  1. Take a virtual field trip to a frozen land and check out Discovering Antarctica on the Internet:  This site, produced by the Royal Geographic Society features activities, images, video clips and fact sheets, to help you learn about this distant, frozen wilderness.

  2. Follow Shackleton’s journey, while testing math, science, social studies, and literacy skills.  Rent the video and download a corresponding educator guide for Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure,  Many activities in the guide can be completed without viewing the film.  For students aged 7 to 14.  


  1. Learn the history and significance of the tea ceremony and have students re-create one.  For more information: education/

  2. Build a Mandala using sand or recyclables to study Buddhism, practice geometry, or try your hand at artful design.  For more information: or

The Asia Society publishes dozens of globally-themed lessons.  One such lesson lets elementary students learn how paper was invented, develop hand-eye coordination, and create Chinese cut outs.


  1. Dive through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with this interactive website to help students better understand the diverse ecosystem and predator prey relationships of species living in this immense coral reef.

  2. LEARN NC offers lessons and links to the world.  One example is a lesson that uses the Internet to travel to each of Australia's states and territories. Students will research about life in each state and territory and then apply the knowledge to create symbols and pictures to represent the different regions.


  1. Learn about the European Union and the Euro by playing video games created by the EU:

  2. Read folktales to learn more about customs of a region.  This lesson uses the framework of the Five Themes of Geography to study European folktales:

  3. Does nodding your head mean the same thing in all countries?  Help students appreciate non-verbal communication and cross-cultural understanding with this lesson plan developed by Peace Corps.

North America:

  1. Open a culture kit from the Dominican Republic (or Costa Rica, India, Taiwan, Scotland, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe!).  Students can touch and learn about objects and artifacts from countries across the globe offered by the Carolina Navigators program at UNC – Chapel Hill.  Each culture kit comes with background information on the kit’s artifacts and ideas for activities and lessons. Ask students to describe the object and how it is used.  Does it resemble anything they would use?  Culture kits are a great way to start learning about a region of the world.

  2. Explore the history and culture of the Huichol Indians of Mexico through the native art of yarn paintings.  Have students create their own yarn paintings to tell a story from their childhood.  This is just one example from the Making Connections to History and Culture Toolkit.  This resource, developed by the National Center for Quality Afterschool, focuses on understanding the meaning of art from different cultural perspectives and historical periods.

South America:

  1. The Amazon offers a unique opportunity to explore biodiversity and the history and traditions of indigenous populations.  Take a virtual tour with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, exploring the rich and diverse Amazonia ecosystem:  and learn more about indigenous populations around the world:

  2. Listen and dance to the music of South America.  National Geographic makes learning about music from across the globe easy.  Let music be a tool to help you introduce your students to the world.

A Day in the life.  Using illustrations and text have students create a book or a web page about their typical day.  Compare this typical day to others in the program and then to students’ typical days all over the world.  After you’ve learned a bit about different countries, let the students draw comparisons.  Ask them what is similar and what is different from their own lives.  What are the basic needs for children all over the world? 

On November 10, 2009 K-12 students across the globe documented a day in their life with cameras, writing, and other media as part of an ongoing iEARN project, One Day in the Life.  To see the results and for more information go to  Dorling and Kindersley (DK Publishing) has published a series of children’s books celebrating the similarities and differences among children worldwide:  Children Just like Me, A Life Like Mine, and A School Like Mine, available through For older students (Grades 6-8) Edsitement has a lesson plan In My Other Life to guide you through this exercise:

Investigate international careers.  Invite local business people or non-profit staff members to talk to students about their careers.  Let the students know how important it is to be able to communicate and work with people from all backgrounds.  Introduce international business concepts through activities such as World on a String ( or Trading Around the World (

Sports and Games:  Much can be learned through play.  Let students explore the games and sports that children play in different countries.  There are also many games available for helping children learn about geography. For ideas visit

Additional Resources and Organizations Supporting Afterschool Programs

All Over the World, a global literacy curriculum for upper elementary and middle school age youth teaches cultural sensitivity and provides young people with tools to increase their understanding of and curiosity about the world.

Global GraffitiWall, from the Center for Afterschool Education, is a globally-themed curriculum for afterschool programs with students in grades 4-8.

Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Corporation (TASC)

National Afterschool Association

National Institute on Out-of-school Time (NIOST)

North Carolina Afterschool Coalition

Global Education in North Carolina

Snow Hill Afterschool Students Prepared for the 21st Century

Snow Hill Primary’s after school program, Young Scholars, focuses on preparing their students for the 21st Century by exposing them to diverse curriculum areas.  The program is based on the knowledge that to prepare 21st Century students for the global economy, they must be competent in understanding other cultures, well versed in STEM, and work well collaboratively.  It is with these things in mind that the Snow Hill Primary Young Scholars program is designed.

In order to expose our students to other cultures, each student attends a class on cultural awareness activities.  Examples of these activities include using Google Earth to travel the globe with their own passport, which is stamped for every country they learn about, learning a foreign language such as Spanish, and learning about the many different types of celebrations that occur around the world.  The most influential project the Young Scholars do is their collaboration with The Center for International Understanding (CIU).  Through CIU, the Young Scholars program is matched with a North Carolina State University student who is studying abroad.  Using a web-conferencing site, the correspondent and the students communicate on a weekly to bi-weekly schedule.  The Young Scholars teacher and the correspondent communicate to design lessons that will teach the students about the other country.   When the correspondent returns to the states, he/she hopefully visits the students at their school.  Thus far, the Snow Hill Primary students have had correspondents in Spain, Morocco, and Italy.  If you are interested in learning more about the Cultural Correspondents program, please contact Jessica Mendez at

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The Moroccan correspondent, Katie Starr, meeting the students face-to-face.

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Latin America and North Carolina
March 23-24, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University & The Jack and Mary McCall Foundation
This seminar offers insights into Latin America and support for all K-12 and community college educators facing the challenges and opportunities of our growing immigrant student population. Help your Latino students succeed in school by learning about Latin America, critical issues facing Latino students, and new teaching strategies to support students and their families. One-and-a-half CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

East Asia in the 21st Century
March 24-25, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Asian/ Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University
East Asia plays a strategic role in shaping our global economy and we need to better understand this region of the world. Explore Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture, history, politics, and relationships with the world and learn strategies for integrating East Asian themes across the curriculum. This program is designed for all K-12 and community college educators. One-and-a-half CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Creating a Global Media Center: A Workshop for School Media and Technology Specialists
 April 22-23, 2010

Co-sponsored by the UNC School of Education and UNC Libraries
This workshop will introduce emerging technologies used to bring the world to North Carolina’s K-12 schools. The program is designed to help school media specialists and technology facilitators better understand our interconnected world by learning about technology use for the 21st Century. Resources and strategies to increase and improve content, collection, and integration of global themes in the school’s media center will be provided. One CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Seminar Cost (NC educators): Registration is $150 per person per seminar or $275 for both seminars. A Team of 4 is $500 per seminar. A Team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district. Only $125 for each additional Team member per seminar. REGISTER FOR BOTH SEMINARS OR AS A TEAM AND SAVE!

Media Workshop Cost (NC educators): Registration is $150 per person.

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

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June 23 - July 5, 2010*

Learn about Brazil's youth, culture, history, and contemporary issues by traveling with World View. Participants will visit schools, cultural, historical, and natural sites in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia (Salvador, Cachoeira, Arambepe) to explore issues of education, race, class, and poverty. Gain the confidence to add global content to your teaching, make lasting connections, and help create a global learning environment at your college. *dates subject to change

July 5-14, 2010
July 22-31, 2010

In lieu of Honduras, World View will now offer two summer study visits to Costa Rica. Join World View’s new study visit and learn first-hand about the culture and education of Costa Rica through the organization Spanish Immersion Costa Rica . Highlights of the itinerary include rural school visits, community service projects, museum and market visits in capital city San Jose, daily “Spanish for Educators” language classes, ecological excursions to waterfalls, volcanoes, rainforests, coastal attractions, and much more. Participants also will enjoy cultural activities through Costa Rican cooking and Latin dance instruction. All participants will stay with host families in the coffee growing community of Atenas, Costa Rica.

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PHE Workshop -- FREE

The Giants of Africa: 
Politics and Popular Culture
in 20th Century Nigeria and
South Africa January 30, 10am to 3pm
Carolina Center for
Educational Excellence

Dr. Lisa Lindsay, Associate Professor of History at UNC at Chapel Hill, will lead a workshop that will question common assumptions about Africa in the 20th century. After providing an overview of the decolonization experience in Africa, she will use Fela and soccer as two case studies to explore new ways to teach African political economy, apartheid, and youth movements. Lisa Lindsay is an expert in late nineteenth and early twentieth century West Africa.

To register for this workshop, please click here. You can also register by sending an email to phe[at]; please write "Registration" in the subject line.


2010 National School Conference on International Youth Exchange
February 19-20, 2010
Charlotte Marriott City Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the NC Department of Public Instruction will co-sponsor the 3rd Annual National School Conference on International Youth Exchange.  This gathering will provide a forum on a wide range of topics related to international youth exchange and will present a unique opportunity for school leaders, educators, and administrators to meet and network with school colleagues and leaders of various youth exchange programs.

To learn more about the conference, please visit our website by clicking here or to download the NSC flyer, please click here.

Please contact the CSIET office with any questions at 703-739-9050 or e-mail Beth Oliver at


Center for International Understanding Recruiting Schools for Denmark Partnerships

WHAT: NC school partnerships with schools in Denmark. The Center for International Understanding (CIU), is accepting applications from NC high schools interested in partnerships with schools in Denmark.  

WHY: To provide your students with the opportunity to learn with, not just about, people of other cultures, and to develop special skills to succeed in a global environment. Help your students acquire the knowledge, skills and perspective they’ll need to succeed in our ever-changing global environment through direct contact with Danish students.  

CONTACT: For more information and a school partnership application, contact: Angie Bolin, Partnership Coordinator, Center for International Understanding,
100 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
919-420-1360, ext. 200

The Center is a public service program of UNC


WorldQuest 2010
Sign up a team today!

WorldQuest is an action packed international knowledge competition. Played by teams in 10 rounds of 10 questions each, it is a fun, fast-paced way to test knowledge about international affairs, geography, and cultures. Teams are comprised of four high school players and one alternate. Answers are submitted by teams, not by individuals. Teams have 60 seconds to answer each question. At the end of each round, answer sheets are collected. The trophy goes to the team with the highest total points for the 10 rounds. 

Next year's WorldQuest competition will take place on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh. There is a $25 registration fee per high school team, due by January 15, 2010. There are four individuals per team, and high schools can enter more than one team.

With funding for school programs other than “basics” falling away, the opportunities for high school students to learn geography, world history, and world affairs have dwindled to almost nothing in American high schools, while globalization and interdependence continues to knit the world more closely together each passing day and year. WorldQuest challenges students to educate themselves about the world. The team-based model likewise encourages students to work together, both in preparation for and participation in the competition. Through NC in the World, World View and other important programs, North Carolina leaders are working hard to reverse this trend in our state and effectively educate our students – our future leaders – about the world. The International Affairs Council is doing its part to contribute to the expansion of international education in NC.

The 2010 categories are as follows:

Current Events
Great Decisions 2009
International Migration Trends
Food Production and Consumption
World Music
World Cup
The Sultanate of Oman
The Islands of the Caribbean

Please pledge your Academic WorldQuest team by January 15, 2010. To pledge a team, please send an email containing the following information to Todd Culpepper, Executive Director of the International Affairs Council, at

1. Name of high school
2. Number of teams
3. Contact person
4. Contact person's address, phone, fax, and email address

More information is available at