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November, 2008
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Global Citizen Corps

In association with the Mercy Corps, Global Citizen Corps is a forum aiming to get kids, mostly teens, involved in all sorts of international issues. These include hunger, AIDS, water conservation and environmental protection. In addition to information, it’s possible to join and take part in activities that take place all over the world. You can also send in reports from where you live, and the site can help put you in touch with students from other parts of the globe.



Global Fund for Children

Here you can also find a plethora of opportunities to become active in making this a better world for all of us. The fund is currently highly involved in education and relief in several countries, and even offers grants for those willing to devote themselves to the betterment of others. There’s a lot of information on the issues confronting vulnerable children everywhere so you can become better acquainted with the realities of the world,  and several ways to donate to these great causes. 




Undoubtedly, before kids can become world citizens, they need to know what the world looks like and where every place is found. Although a commercial site, i.e. they will gladly take your money, MapKids has a lot of neat stuff for young learners. Their Children’s Map of the World is hilariously cute, and shouldn’t be missed. Every grade schooler should have it on their bedroom wall! And it’s just one example – you can find dozens of other cool maps herein. 



Fact Monster – World Geography

We’re back with mega publishers Pearson. But don’t shrug this one off, it’s a great find for knowledge seekers, covering as it does everything from places and geological eras to the many peoples of the world. There are also quizzes to test learners, and of course, Fact Monster is huge, so while you’re at, you can take a look at other topics, even life on other planets for when it’s time to become a galactic citizen. Always good to get a head start on things. Go to the World and News section for geography info. 



World Learning

A non-profit organization, World Learning is found in some 70 countries and offers affordable, adventurous and highly flexible learning programs for various ages, from high school and up. Primarily designed to facilitate travels by Americans to parts of the world through study and educational programs, World Learning also has numerous exchange initiatives and other ways to build bridges among people. The directive is simply to create a sense of global citizenship, and so we highly recommend you research the extensive site and get in touch with them. 



Council of International Schools 

Since many of our kids attend international schools, it’s probably best to become more familiar with one of the bigger organizations regulating and accrediting the sector. The COIS is responsible for guiding international learning all around the world, setting standards and helping formulate materials for students everywhere. The site lists hundreds of schools, so if for nothing else, it’s an excellent resource for finding one for your child, helping you see which schools are accredited and which are not. 


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