Write a postcard to spread global understanding
The written word is a powerful way to increase empathy and understanding on a global scale. Writers can be activists in many ways. One of those opportunities is through a program started by Peace Corps volunteer and teacher Matthew Borden.
Borden started a project called Postcards to Java as a way to help his students practice their language skills and learn more about people in other countries. The project is designed to address Peace Corps’ three goals. The Peace Corps focus on Java is English education and the program provides students with the opportunity to practice their language skills.
The students hope to receive postcards from all 50 states and from all over the globe. Participants are asked to write students a postcard in English. The students read the postcards and then write back. One international stamp in the United States only costs $1.10.
In their correspondence, Borden asks writers to print a note (so it’s easier to read) telling something about themselves and where they live using uncomplicated language. According the Postcards to Java website, students enjoy learning about different customs, food, seasons, music, hobbies, and what others do for work.