The close relationships Peace Corps Volunteers develop with their communities and schools place them in a unique position to influence the behaviors and attitudes of the young women and men with whom they work. The first Idea Book in this series, Beyond the Classroom: Empowering Girls, was designed to give Volunteers examples and ideas for out-of-school activities like camps, clubs, workshops and other events that encourage goal setting, increase self-esteem, and build girls confidence so that they are able to actively participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives.
This Idea book concentrates on activities and strategies that increase girls access to and participation in quality in-school education. Volunteers are perceived as role models, technical specialists, teachers, coun- selors, heroes and friends. This book shares specific ideas and frameworks for transferring that potential for positive guidance into classrooms and communities around the world.
Whether you are a teacher working daily in the classroom, or a Health, Business, or Environment Volunteer working with students, you will find useful tips in this book from other Volunteers and staff that may be incorporated in class projects in a variety of ways.