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Peace Corps Third Goal: A Development Education Opportunity

Peace Corps Third Goal:  A Development Education Opportunity


 Peace Corps encourages all returned Volunteers to help achieve our Third Goal, helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans, by engaging in one or more of the following Peace Corps initiatives:

  • Third Goal Activities and Resources
    Ideas, resources and tools to help you bring the world home

  • Peace Corps Digital Library
    Peace Corps invites all current and returned Volunteers to share a story and photos from your Peace Corps service. Help us collect stories and photos from each country where Peace Corps has served, and from each decade of Peace Corps history.

  • Speakers Match
    The Speakers Match program can help you share your Peace Corps experience in elementary schools, high schools, and colleges in your community.

  • Help Us Recruit
    As a returned Volunteer, you are our best resource for helping to recruit future generations of Peace Corps Volunteers. Do your part to support the Peace Corps' Third Goal by participating in our recruiting efforts.


Peace Corps Week on the first week in March, commemorates Peace Corps' anniversary. Special events on that week include classroom visits by thousands of returned Peace Corps Volunteers in schools across the country, sharing their experiences and insights with students in all grades.

Each year on Peace Corps week, thousands of returned Volunteers mobilize to share with our nation's students the knowledge and insight they gained from their overseas experience. But Peace Corps week is only the beginning ...many educators and returned Peace Corps Volunteers establish educational partnerships that continue throughout the year.  

Peace Corps Week Peace Corps Week 2013 is from February 24th to March 2nd. Traditionally, returned Volunteers and friends of the Peace Corps show solidarity by participating in Third Goal activities to honor both the work of the agency and its Volunteers of the past and present. Additionally, through concerted efforts by returned Volunteers and Peace Corps regional offices, elected leaders acknowledge Peace Corps Week through proclamations.

For more information about Third Goal activities, contact:
Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services
1111 20th St. NW Washington, DC 20526


  • World Wise Schools resources make it easy to integrate global issues and cultural awareness into the core content areas. Hear educator perspectives on the value of bringing global education into the classroom.
    WorldWise Schools> Water in Africa> Morocco (excellent stories and photos)
  • Artists of Al-Maghrib
    Hi! My name is Rob Revere. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a village near the city of Marrakech in Morocco. I worked as a small business development consultant with artists and craft cooperatives.

  • Overseas Phone Call from Morocco
    Students from Lakeview Elementary School in Solon, Iowa speaks with Jessica, a Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in Morocco.

  • Overseas Phone Call from Morocco
    Once a year a few Peace Corps volunteers get to talk by telephone with U.S. classrooms they've been communicating with. Today, the Henry Street School for International Studies in New York City speaks to Andrew, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Morocco.

  • Starting Over
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Amelia Sparks spent three months in Sri Lanka as a Crisis Corps Volunteer, working on everything from database entry to construction projects. Gain a unique perspective on the effects of the tsunami from her own words and pictures.

  • Three Lessons
    September. Sunset. The town of Safi, Morocco. I was washing dishes in my sink.
  • You Can Dream; Stories of Moroccan Women Who Do

    WorldWise Schools> Folktales> Tislet & Isli By Jennifer Fry, Morocco
    WorldWise Schools> Stories> Neighbors by Orin Hargraves, Morocco


  • Peace Corps country page on Morocco

  • Embassy of the US in Morocco: Peace Corps in Morocco

  • SpeakersMatch is part of a cooperative agreement between the Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). SpeakersMatch makes it easier for RPCVs to find speaking opportunities - and for teachers to identify RPCVs who wish to visit their classrooms. Both educators and RPCVs can search the database by zip code for a match in their areas. Share your Peace Corps experiences with students and teachers in your community.

    Here are some ways RPCVs can serve as a resource in a classroom:

  1. Educators teaching world civilization courses can call upon returned Volunteers who have served in non-Western cultures.

  2. Many returned Volunteer speakers have videotapes, photographic slides or prints, and artifacts that will provide your students with an eyewitness account of the cultural, social, and political conditions in many parts of the world.

  3. Language teachers can find returned Volunteers who will make presentations in the languages that they teach, such as Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese.

  • NPCA Education Resources:  The "Third Goal" of the Peace Corps is to bring a global perspective back to the United States. The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) helps educators, parents, current and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other interested citizens find the resources, networking and support they need to bring a global perspective into classrooms and communities. By providing Educational resources, the goal is to promote students’ knowledge of, understanding of and respect for the people, cultures and nations of the world.  Resources available to you as one of our Education subscribers include a quarterly newsletter and a weekly email newsletter.
  • ON-LINE CULTURAL TRAINING RESOURCE FOR STUDY ABROAD. This resource guide for study abroad is organized around materials collected and developed over 30 years of offering cross-cultural training courses at the University of the Pacific, specifically the linked orientation and reentry courses of the School of International Studies (SIS). The site also includes materials adapted from the “Culture Matters” Peace Corps Workbook.
  • Read about Sharing Our Stories by Beth Giebus (RPCV Morocco)
  • Bridges Between Cultures:  A video by Dan Cahill
    Dan Cahill (Kenitra 68-70) filmed video during the Moroccan-American Friendship Tour in November 2001. It includes interviews and reflections of the RPCVs and RPCV family members who were on the tour as well as Moroccans encountered. Dan is a filmmaker and does video production at New York University.

    The Friends of Morocco Moroccan-American Friendship Tour of November 2001 had several goals.  In the Aftermath of the terrorist attack of September 11 and the US reaction, tourism worldwide plummeted including American tourism to Morocco.  It is sill down 50% from historical levels. The tour was an opportunity for FOM members to get to Morocco to remind people that Morocco is a friend of America and the diversity of the Arab world and Islam, to help re-start the tourism economy, to return to their work sites and to bring that message back home to the U.S.

If you would like to tell the Morocco story, there are a number of resources that will help you.  They include:

  • The Friends of Morocco Links

  • The NPCA Handbook for RPCV Speakers

  • Teaching about Islam and Muslims lists publications available and web sites

  • Looking At Ourselves and Others.  This Peace Corps teacher guide contains lesson plans, activities and readings to introduce students to the concept of culture.

  • Building Bridges A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding

  • World Wise Schools Handbook for Educators and Volunteers

  • K - 12 Educational Resources from the Middle East Network Information Center Morocco

  • "Moroccan Culture Series" written by Casablanca resident, Laura K. Lawless

  • The Children of Morocco (The Worlds Children) by Jules M. Hermes  Reading level: Ages 9-12  Paperback (March 1995) Carolrhoda Books; Gr. 3-6. After an introductory map section, Hermes tells the story of many different Moroccan children--nomadic Berbers, village dwellers, and city children from Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier.  Some of the children are living with families; others are on their own in cities. Children's contributions to the economy are explained in some detail, and Hermes supplies a respectful treatment of Islamic culture. The color photographs are well chosen, presenting a combination of individual portraits and pictures of the children's surrounding world.

Volunteer Activity pages

The following are reminders about life in Morocco from Peace Corps Day 1998 preparation

  • Country information
  • Hello
  • Celebrations
  • School life
  • Food
  • Weather
  • Proverbs

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