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Peace Corps Challenge fosters understanding and compassion.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about and grow their cultural understanding and global awareness by role playing as a Peace Corps volunteer -- dealing with topics like preventing sickness and providing education. PeaceCorps.gov/kids helps kids practice defining problems, thinking critically, and solving complex problems as they talk to villagers to create sustainable solutions. By "making the best decision for the village, even if it wouldn't be the best for you," kids can also learn empathy. This is an engaging website for kids interested in volunteerism and in the challenges facing other countries.

Positive messages

Helps kids understand the importance of helping others and why people in poor countries need assistance.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Peace Corps' fun, free, interactive challenge teaches kids about agricultural issues in developing countries. It can be used by individuals or groups.

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What's it about?

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Website details

Subjects:Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness, power structures, the economy
Language & Reading: following directions
Science: ecosystems
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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Teen, 13 years old Written byflowerkatie September 3, 2012

just ok

the website doesnt responded very offen so opens and close so will lose all your progress and it never save when you quit so you have to redo every challege evertime
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