Project Peacepal is a great nonprofit that help me and others. It also provided means for communication for people in countries around the world. Which, as a result, connected many in more than one way.
I have been a part of Project Peacepal for almost 10 years. After graduating from college, where Peace Studies had been one of my focuses, I was contacted by Sarah Wilkenson, the founder of PeacePal. I began volunteering in the office and then helped to work on the curriculum for the program. When I became the librarian for La Cueva High School I started an after school PeacePal club. This group works on fund raising and participates in letter writing. The students learn about the culture and customs of their Peacepals from one another, rather then from a teacher lecturing. The one to one contact has a huge impact on the students who wait anxiously for each return letter from their new friends. They learn that all people have the same basic needs; food, shelter and love. They find that the different cultures and traditions are interesting rather than strange or scary. They learn difference is good and can be respected rather than feared. Connecting students on a one to one basis has a lasting positive effect on our children and helps to bring us together globally. PeacePal changes students lives for the better and many who join the club participate the entire 4 years. This program has also made the kids more aware of the needs of the people in their own community and has inspired my groups to work with homeless students at one of our elementary schools. PeacePal is a wonderful program and is one of the positive pieces of the puzzle of education, respect and service for students world-wide.
I came to know about Project Peacepal when I was an exchange student in the U.S. During my exchange program, I got the opportunity to participate in a PenPal program between my class in the U.S. and a class in Togo. I participated in various fundraising events for the Stamp Out Malaria program. Through this organisation, I also got to take a service learning course at the University of New Mexico.
After coming back to India, through Project Peacepal, we started a Letter Exchange program between schools in India and the U.S. The participants also participated in various Skype Call sessions, where they exchanged various ideas and got to clear some of the misconceptions that they had about each other. They got to showcase their traditional dance/music to their PenPals.
Inspired by the Global One to One and its programs, I now plan to start a regional Letter exchange program between states of India to bridge the cultural gap between them.
Since the beginning, Global One to One has believed in cultivating cross-cultural understanding and peace between countries though its various programs. I am very proud to be a part of this Organisation!
This is a true grassroots organization started by a woman with a passion for peace and maintained over the years by herself and others who share her vision and hope. A main premise is that by promoting connections, communication, and understanding between students in different countries we can build a more peaceful society. The kids love the interaction and the organization is very supportive and gives you everything you need to have a great experience. A+ for the concept and for the people who have very unselfishly given their time and talent to make it successful.
Incredible program I've been so fortunate to serve. Facilitates communication between students in 11 different countries--3,000 letters a year! Intercultural dialogue benefits all program participants by broadening minds and encouraging empathy and curiousity, but it's a functional literacy project, too, as it teaches a digital generation to handwrite letters. Couldn't recommend G121 highly enough. Take a look at the leters--I'll let the kids speak for themselves.
Amazing organization, with the selfless goal of promoting Peace by communication! What a simple idea and yet would have the move profound effect to the world and individuals, if we'd only be willing to listen and talk. Couldn't be more proud of the efforts of the group to educate our youths and influence our future as a global society. :)
I had the privilege of interning for this nonprofit and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Being surrounded by such passionate individuals that want to make a difference was inspiring. The work they do will change the world!
Global One to One is an excellent organization. It helps young people to develop intercultural communication skills and learn about different cultures. I really enjoy working with the staff there.
Great ideas for helping young people learn how to better communicate, appreciate peaceful interaction and mutual respect, and help others.
Good, selfless people working for the organization too.
I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Board of Global One to One. My fellow board members are friendly and kind individuals. Before becoming a Board Member, I served as a volunteer for Global One to One as a High School student and learned many valuable leadership skills and ideas. I am very happy to continue working with Global One to One because I strongly believe we are effectively helping and inspiring the individuals we work with. Through our letter writing program aimed at students, we are focusing on the leaders of the future and helping them create meaningful connections with individuals across the world. I hope this review encourages others to check out the program!
I joined PeacePal as a student volunteer in the 9th grade, and I have enjoyed working with the staff and I have made great friends with the people and students PeacePal has attracted. To be honest, I joined PeacePal by accident. My 9th grade Humanities teacher had a poster to a student summit for PeacePal, but I had no idea what the event was about- I only knew my classmates would be going. I quickly learned the ropes of what PeacePal was about and because I loved the goals of PeacePal, I have been a volunteer ever since! PeacePal made it really easy for me to stay connected with the founder and coordinator, and I feel that it is an effective program that builds community, awareness for its many programs, and full of people who genuinely care about making the world a better more peaceful place. I have a lot of gratitude to PeacePal for the learning I have obtained from its many programs and service opportunities.