This photo was taken in January of 2013 at Savelugu School for the Deaf in Ghana, West Africa. The students are incredibly talented artists, and this photo was taken on the day we finished the project.
- Peace Corps Education Volunteer Kate Barclay
I taught my Form One’s their first geography lesson today. I’m not sure if they learned geography in primary school, so maybe it was their first geography lesson ever.
To start, I had them draw a map of the world in their exercise books. The results were… interesting. Haha. I mean, they don’t see images constantly like kids growing up in America do… they don’t watch TV, they have limited textbooks, etc. So most of them didn’t really know what it was supposed to look like. Some of them just drew a map of Malawi, which I thought was interesting.
Anyway, one popular Peace Corps activity undertaken by volunteers is the World Map Project. I am definitely going to try and do this at my school with my new geography students. By the end of this term these kids will KNOW that America is not in Europe.
Morocco - 2006
Barbara Jo White served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1987 to 1989 where she started the Peace Corps World Map project. Today, world maps adorn the walls of classrooms, community centers and buildings in over 70 countries.
Read more about the history of the project here http://go.usa.gov/D8m
Ukraine - 2005
A young attendee learns about where Peace Corps Volunteers serve at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers add signs showing the distance to the capital of the countries where they served during the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
This is the first World Map Project map, the beginning of a standard Peace Corps activity. Maps are still being created today around the world. Dominican Republic - 1988
Come to the Smithsonian Folklike Festival to see Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara Jo White demonstrate the World Map Project she created!