extending the reach
Extending the Reach of Individuals Who Commit Themselves to Serving Others
Kristin and other WorldTeach volunteers often wanted to enhance the educational experience for their students by entering school teams in local sports events, taking a field trip or buying art supplies. School administrators were always agreeable, but school funds were not available. Kristin and her WorldTeach colleague at Saint Boniface College (SBC) met this problem by pooling money sent to them by family and friends and helped the school’s Culture Club purchase drums and native dress from local artisans so they could participate in local competitions.
The purpose of Extending the Reach grants is to seed projects which encourage lifelong learning as well as classroom success.
Grant Highlights: WorldTeach volunteers have used foundation grants to:
• Fly donated books from port of entry into the jungle of Guyana to supply a school library
in a remote village.
• Create an after-school Healthy Choice Club which teaches students about the benefits
of nutrition, exercise and HIV prevention.
• Provide high school learners with knowledge of film production by producing an original
documentary. Students learned about turning story ideas into scripts, techniques of
shooting and editing film scenes, uses of sound and music and the technical aspects
of filmmaking. Discussions about the subject of their film, how the feeling of freedom can
become a trap, enabled students to engage easily in discussion and exchange of ideas.
Students shot their film in and around their school in Odibo, Namibia.
• Create a safe playground for primary school students. Local laborers built the fencing
and constructed the playground equipment procured by the volunteer.
• Supply classrooms with chalkboards, computers, Internet connections for distant
learning, maps and dictionaries.
• Build a simple irrigation system and year-round garden at the school on Arno atoll, Marshall Islands. The grant expanded science and
health curriculums and sought to incorporate vegetables into islander’s diets heavy on rice and fish by teaching students how to start
and maintain small gardens at home.