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5 Resources to Inspire Your Students to Change the World

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Looking for something dynamic to kick off your next service club or student government meeting? Want to give your students a glimpse of how the other side of the world lives? Are you trying to inspire your students to change the world?

Well, here are some of our favorite resources designed for educators like you. You’ll find a plethora of activities and lessons from experts in global citizenship, service learning, and doing good. From gaining the ability to compare homes in Peru to the US, to hearing Togolese folk tales collected by Peace Corps Volunteers, or diving into gender equality with Emma Watson–these resources are sure to provide the spark kids need start thinking about their place in the world.

  • The World’s Largest Lesson –In 2015 The United Nations launched The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change for everyone by 2030. The World’s Largest Lesson aims to bring these goals to the classroom through activities and lesson plans (Emma Watson even helps out!)
  • Dollar Street—Get an intimate view of how people live in any country in the world and compare it to your life. Gapminder visited 264 families in 50 countries and took 30,000 photos. They are sorted by income and you can compare bedrooms, toilets, toys, and pets across the globe.
  • World Wise Schools – Activities made by Peace Corps Volunteers from around the world to foster global understanding. Lesson plans, activities, poems, and even recipes to spice up your classroom.
  • Effective altruism – Effective altruism dives into how to effectively analyze issues that need to be addressed. Check out Peter Singer’s introductory Ted Talk on an approach that attempts to answer the question, “How can I do the most good?”

Trevor Shorb

Trevor is the Service Learning Program Manager at EF Educational Tours. He has lived, worked, and studied in El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Spain. Despite his extensive experience in Latin America, he can’t dance salsa but still tries.

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