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In PEACECORPSCHALLENGE, children assume the identity of a Peace Corps volunteer to help solve problems facing the fictional village of Wanzuzu. Through conversations with villagers and other Peace Corps members, players undertake eight challenges including water contamination, sanitation and disease, microfinance, barren fields, malaria, soil erosion, education of girls, and agroforestry. At the end of each challenge, players are given additional information and facts about real-life situations in other parts of the world. The game culminates in a thank-you party from the entire village and a printable certificate with the player's name on it.
Is it any good?
PeaceCorpsChallenge is a well-paced, easy-to-use educational resource for parents and teachers that exposes children to the real-life concerns of developing countries. Because the game spans a two-year Peace Corps service, children can see a country's progress and get a sense of the effort involved in helping countries deal with complex problems.
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Familes can talk about different approaches to problem-solving and the effort involved in solving just one problem in a poor country. Would you like to help people in other countries? Why is it important to help other people?
What do you think it would be like to be in the Peace Corps? Would you be able to give up the comforts of home to help others? What can you learn from other cultures? How can playing a game in the security of your own home help expand your knowledge and understanding of different cultures?
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness, power structures, the economy
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, defining problems, problem solving, thinking critically
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences
Emotional Development: empathy, moving beyond obstacles
Health & Fitness: preventing sickness
- Genre: Civic Engagement
- Pricing structure: Free
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