Pennies for Peace

From site:   Did you know that Pennies for Peace was started by students; and continues to be supported by students, their teachers, and their parents? In fact, the very first Pennies for Peace donation came from a group of elementary school students from Wisconsin, and with that contribution Pennies for Peace was born.

We believe that no matter how big or small you are, you can make a difference in other’s lives. When you participate in Pennies for Peace, you will learn about the rewards of sharing, and working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to children, especially girls, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and, Tajikistan—where just a few pennies buy a pencil, opens the door to literacy, and can change a life.

World Food Programme: Free Rice

Use your academic skills to contribute rice to the World Food Programme’s campaign to end hunger. Students of all ages can participate.

Pick a subject – math, english, science, chemistry, foreign languages, geography, humanities – even SAT test prep. Then answer questions in your topic. For each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice is contributed to WFP.

Older students can register online, join or create groups, an track your individual or group progress.

Trading Around the World

From site: International trade touches us all. We drink soda from cans made of aluminum mined in Australia, wear shoes made in Europe, eat fruit from South America, build machinery from steel milled in Asia, wear clothes made from African cotton, and live in homes built from North American wood. We take it for granted, yet before we can enjoy these products and materials, traders must negotiate prices and deliver the goods through a network of relationships that literally spans the globe.

Play this game to experience the challenges and excitement of international trade. See if you can get the best price for the goods you sell and the biggest bargains for the goods you buy. Watch how the global economy is doing: the prices you’ll be able to get and the deals you can make depend on how healthy the global economy is….

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 185 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

Peace Corps

The site provides lesson plans and classroom stories from volunteers who travel the world to help communities with services in agriculture, education, environmental awareness, and community and economic development. The site offers teachers the ability to connect their students with a Peace Corps volunteer for correspondence.

UNICEF Voices of Youth

UNICEF helps to safeguard the rights of children around the world in 190 countries. They undertake programs to promote children’s health, education, legal rights, protection, and social inclusion. They also reach out to children and their families in a crisis, such as famine or war, with life-saving humanitarian aid.

Voices of Youth is a vibrant online meeting place where middle and high school students around the world explore, discuss, and take action on global problems. Visit to get ideas for what you can do.