OneWorld Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that builds bridges of learning between the classrooms of
the world. We offer FREE online travel and a variety of opportunities for K-12 classrooms to interact with overseas partners. WELCOME!
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the way I teach… and
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*Formerly the Creative Connections Project.
The mission of OneWorld
Classrooms is to build bridges between local and international K-12 classrooms through technology and the arts. In both school and OST settings, we aim to promote global education, foster cross-cultural awareness and cultivate local and global citizenship. READ THE REST OF OUR MISSION STATEMENT
AMAZON RAIN FOREST SCHOOL PROJECT
This February and/or March, travel with our team of volunteer educators to visit schools in the Amazon Rain Forest!
New travel dates available (see below)! We now have 7 openings remaining for educators and other professionals to travel with us to the Amazon in February and March, 2012. For more information (including fees and dates), please read below. To begin the application process or to be put on the waiting list for a future trip*, please Email Project Director Paul Hurteau. You may download a printable flier about the trip here.
(For information about traveling electronically with your class/school and interacting with Amazon students, please click here.)
A team of OneWorld Classrooms volunteers braves
the Ecuadorian Amazon in February, 2010.
TIMETABLE & ITINERARY
OneWorld Classrooms staff and volunteers will travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon between Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, March 18th, 2012. Volunteers may join us for the first week (February 25-March 4), the second week (March 3-March 11), the third week (March 10-March 18) or any combination of those weeks.
The team will visit communities near the Pastaza River and the town of Puyo (Pastaza Province) and communities near the Napo River and the town of Tena (Napo Province).
On weekdays during the trip, volunteers will generally visit schools in the mornings and complete group activities in the afternoons (including possible visits to an Indigenous Women's Crafts Group, a Botanical Garden, nearby nature reserves, waterfalls, etc.). Volunteers will also have one free day during the week if they wish to do something separately from the group. Weekends will be reserved for travel to and from Quito and the volunteer site and/or Quito and the US. (Two or three-week volunteers will have the middle weekends free.
Volunteers will visit schools in indigenous Spanish and Kichwa-speaking Amazon communities near Puyo and Tena, Ecuador under the supervision of OneWorld Classrooms staff. Volunteers will:
help create multimedia responses to US student questions (by interviewing Amazon students, teachers and experts; recording videos; taking photos; writing transcripts, translating, etc.)
help make project videos and PowerPoints
help make project Google Earth tours
help take project photos
accompany students and teachers to complete project Skype sessions
work with students and community members on a school mural project
attend student presentations
(in some cases) initiate and complete additional activities with students (such as musical and dance presentations, etc.)
Volunteers will travel by bus, taxi (often a pick-up truck with seating in the cab and the back), canoe and foot. Lodging arrangements will vary from day to day. Volunteers should be prepared to be matched as roommates with other volunteers of the same sex.
Each volunteer will pay a fee to OneWorld Classrooms that will cover room, all group meals*, all in-country travel, all group activity entrance fees and all group-related in-country trip arrangements. *Volunteers will also be responsible for purchasing their own round-trip airfare to Quito, Ecuador, travel insurance, any meals not eaten with the group, any alcoholic beverages consumed during meals and any travel/activities not completed with the group.
The fee for one week is $1,290
The fee for two weeks is $2,390
The fee for three weeks is $2,990
Please see above for what the fee includes and does not include.
Currently 7 volunteer positions are available. Any adult is eligible to apply. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Applications are competitive. Applicants with one or more of the following will be considered stronger candidates:
travel experience (especially to Latin America or developing countries)
ability to communicate in Spanish or Kichwa
skills and teaching experience in art, dance or music
skills and experience using Google Earth, Constant Contact and PowerPoint
a positive, flexible, team-oriented attitude
All applicants must complete a OneWorld Classrooms Volunteer Application Form. References are required. Applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2012; however, qualified applicants who apply early will be accepted early. Payment must be made by February 15th, 2012. We encourage early applications.