My Community, Our Earth: Global Connections and Exchange Program
- About the Program
- What do I get?
- What do I have to do?
- What can projects be about?
- Ready to Participate?
- Questions? Contact us.
About the Program
The My Community, Our Earth: Global Connections and Exchange Program (MyCOE GCE) is connecting high school students in the U.S. with their peers abroad (in Bolivia, Ghana, Nicaragua and the Philippines) through virtual online meetings. These meetings are arranged through online video conferences, online phone calls and chat sessions using Skype. The purpose of these meetings is to stimulate thinking and collaboration between high school students across international borders around sustainable development themes such as climate change, green economy, food security and hazards and vulnerability, while enriching cultural literacy. We are looking for formal and informal educators in the U.S., at the high school level, who would like to participate with us.
To be eligible for this program you must be an educator at the high school level (high school teachers, 4-H leaders, etc.). Educators must be working with U.S. high school students in the U.S. Educators of any subject are welcome to apply. Up to 100 teachers may participate in this program.
What do I get?
The first 100 teachers that complete one exchange and submit one MyCOE exercise to our online system will receive $300 for their classroom (personal check or Amazon gift card).
What do I have to do?
STEP ONE: Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing interest in the program. Please include:
1. Your name
2. Your city and state
3. Your Skype screen name
4. The countries your students would like to exchange with (Bolivia, Ghana, Nicaragua or the Philippines).
5. The days / times of week most convenient for you to participate in an exchange (note: most exchanges take around 35-40 minutes)
STEP TWO: Participate in one online exchange that the program will organize for you. Please be sure to have the latest version of Skype installed on your computer.
STEP THREE: Submit a MyCOE exercise or project to our online portal.
STEP FOUR: Complete our online participation form to receive your $300 for your classroom.
What can projects be about?
Projects should focus on MyCOE GCE themes. If you would like to submit an original project (and do not want to use the MyCOE exercises linked to above), view our MyCOE gallery for project ideas.