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School & Classroom Program: Student Perspectives

We are excited to share the perspective of several students from Mississippi USA who participated in the School & Classroom Program this year and were partnered with a classroom in Vratsa, Bulgaria. In ten years, we have connected 3800 teachers and 275,000 students in 128 countries. Join us for the 2014-2015 school year by registering today at: http://www.ptpi.org/community/SCP.aspx.

School & Classroom Program: Student Perspectives

Name: Kasey Hand

Age: 16

Hometown: Mount Olive, Mississippi

What was your “global experience” before starting this pen pal project?

I didn’t really have a global experience but this project makes me want to see the world and meet new people.

In an increasingly interconnected, a competitive edge will go to those students who know what’s going on in the world. Do you think this experience has made you more globally competent?

I think this experience has made me more aware of different cultures. And it made me realize that people are the same no matter where they come from. We all have similarities.

Did you learn things about your partner class’ country that were unexpected?

Yes I did. I used to thing that people from different countries were sort of weird and different. I learned that people are mostly the same no matter where we come from. I learned about their culture and all the rituals they have.

Do you feel it is important for all people to learn about other cultures?

Yes because if we don’t how will me learn about others? And if we travel how will we know what is going on in their country, culture wise. I feel it is very important as future teachers to learn about another culture because you never know where your students will be from.

Has this experience created a desire to make more international connections?

Somewhat, yes – but, I wouldn’t want to without an adult or supervision because of safety reasons. I would like to get to know people from all over the world.

 

Name: Allison Humphrey

Age: 17

Hometown: Seminary, Mississippi

What was your “global experience” before starting this pen pal project?

I did not have one before this project.

After being matched and starting communication with your partner class, did you notice any effects on your fellow students? If so, did those effects spread beyond your classroom?

I noticed everyone became eager to learn about Bulgarian culture. It did spread beyond the classroom, because others that heard about our project were eager to learn as well.

In an increasingly interconnected, a competitive edge will go to those students who know what’s going on in the world.  Do you think this experience has making you more globally competent?

I believe I am more globally competent because I have been cultured through the pen pal experience.

Did you learn things about your partner class’ country that were unexpected?

I learned many unique things about Bulgaria; these things were not necessarily unexpected.

Do you feel it is important for all people to learn about other cultures?

I feel that everyone should learn about other cultures because we should be educated and aware of other parts of the world we live in.

Has this experience created a desire to make more international connections?

This experience has made me desire to learn about other countries and cultures because the Bulgarian pen pal project was so interesting.

 

Name: Ashlyn Lowery

Age: 16

Hometown: Seminary, Mississippi 

What was your “global experience” before starting this pen pal project?

My mother went to pharmaceutical school in New Orleans, LA. Therefore I met a diverse group of people from all over the globe.

After being matched and starting communication with your partner class, did you notice any effects on your fellow students? If so, did those effects spread beyond your classroom?

Everyone in my class was enamored when receiving the Bulgarian’s first letters. We continue communicating with them via Facebook, Skype, and email. This project was written about in “Connections” and our local newspapers.

Did you learn things about your partner class’ country that were unexpected?

As Gigi and I swap information I find myself growing culturally. I was astounded to learn of a Bulgarian tradition of theirs, Martenitsa, in which they still participate.

Do you feel it is important for all people to learn about other cultures?

It’s my firm belief that everyone should have the chance to learn other cultures and how people in other places differ from themselves.
 
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