OneWorld Classrooms

Teacher Testimonials

Teacher Testimonials

Since 2009, over 27,000 K-12 students from 64 countries have directly participated in OneWorld Classrooms programs and another 250,000+ students worldwide have seen our art displays at their schools!

Below are some of the comments we have received from participating teachers and students. Please contact us if you have participated and would like to post a comment.

Costa Rica – “Not only have they learned about a different culture from artwork created by other students just like them, but their perspective on what constitutes the world has expanded greatly. They were incredibly curious about the people, the weather, the activities that other people in different countries do. From their strong interest in the world, I have decided to create a world map on a wall with help from the students.”

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Burkina Faso – “For many if not all these students they will never get to go outside their country Burkina Faso; however, with the artwork exchange it was like they had a passport and visited countries they never even heard of. Thank you very much. This was a great activity. I was nervous that the artwork would not arrive, however, it did and it was like Christmas morning when it did.”

“My class was able to put in perspective the differences but underlying similarities among all of us.”

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Philippines – “I think this is a wonderful program, and living in a remote area of a developing country, students are not exposed to the world outside of their own province.  But the day that I presented the artwork, the students were so wide-eyed and expressive.  This is a wonderful exchange; please keep it going!”

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Ukraine – “They thought a lot about how their version of normal might not be normal to other kids around the world and were really excited to know that their work was going to places that they only know about theoretically. Getting art from those places made them realize that real people, just like them, live in those countries.”

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Romania – “We’ve got a small hall where we have a map of the world highlighting the countries we’ve got artwork from. There we have been displaying the artworks for 5 years . Students usually stop and look at them and keep asking “When are we going to get more?” They love watching them, reading their descriptions and locating the country on the World map. You should see their eyes while doing it!”

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USA –  “I broadened my knowledge of the rain forest, which has helped me as a science teacher. I had a chance to practice my Spanish, which is always a big help in general. Just seeing a part of the world I’ve never seen before allowed me to grow as a person and a teacher. Most importantly, I came back with a revised perspective, able to see the world in an expanded, less self-centered way. It was a great experience. I loved every minute of it!”

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Ecuador – “The experience was incredible for my students, many of whom have never been far from our village. They now understand the outside world better. They were in awe to speak (through Skype) with a gym full of students from the United States – and they are so proud to know that these children are interested in learning about their environment and culture!”

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Mali/USA –“At the Kabe, Kola and Fangasso Elementary Schools in the West African nation of Mali, the students learn in French, practice Islam, live a farming lifestyle and normally have very little contact with people outside their village region. Yet, through OWC’s Global Art Exchange, they found common ground and built friendship with peers at the Montessori Magnet School in Albany, NY and the Churchill Road School in McLean, Virginia. After the Montessori Magnet School’s Cultural Fair, which highlighted the exchange and a schoolwide exploration of African culture, one inspired parent wrote, “I am so proud to know (that our) children have a dedicated, thoughtful and creative school community that fills their days with enriched learning and engagement of our diverse world!”

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“Once we received the package from the Galapagos, we were all thrilled. The video was amazing and we shared it and the Galapagos’ students’ artwork at our Latin American Fiesta. It was a big hit. Parents were very interested and impressed… …It is so easy for classes to participate and the students enjoy it so much more than reading from a textbook. It is very helpful for students to see the world in this way; we aren’t just studying social studies. My students and I would prefer to learn this way.”
– 6th Grade Teacher, Greyhound Intermediate School, Eaton Rapids, MI

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“(This program) has changed the way I teach social studies: it has enabled me to teach aspects of world cultures that can’t be seen with a textbook and has enabled my students to travel the world without leaving our classroom. My students have opened their “cultural eyes” and developed deeper understandings of world cultures.”
– 3rd Grade Teacher, Union Pleasant Elementary, School Hamburg, NY

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“My kids have been literally devouring those letters (from China). We are writing furiously, and will have plenty of letters to send. ‘Getting to share the artwork and write letters to the Chinese students has been a great way to end this year,’ said a student.”
– Middle School Teacher, Ardmore Middle School, Ardmore, OK

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“I received the artwork, it is beautiful. I have displayed some in my classroom. It is marvelous for my students to see the skills and expertise of these great students, more importantly, kids like themselves but in another country. GLOBAL EXPECTATIONS!!! Thanks.”
– Middle School Teacher, Millennium Middle School, Stanford, FL

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“Over the past years, I have participated with my grades 5 and 6 science students in dozens of on-line learning experiences and initiated a few small ones myself. Of all of them, I honestly feel that (this one) is one of the best.”
– 5th/6th Grade Science Teacher, The Harley School, Rochester, NY

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“Thanks once again for opening a whole new world to students everywhere (and) bringing the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rain Forest to our school and my students!”
– 3rd Grade Teacher, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Yorktown Heights, NY

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“Invaluable! The children were so excited to get the video and the artwork. It made China come alive to them. We hung the artwork in the main hallway of the school so that others could enjoy it also. …It (the project) was wonderfully organized.”
– Middle School Teacher, J.R. Masterman Demonstration School, Philadelphia, PA

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“We think you have a great thing going!! What a way to bring social studies alive for all of these children. Good job!!!”
– 4th Grade Teacher, Grant M. Bowler Elementary School, Logandale, NV

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“The idea was really exciting to the students. They were, to be honest, a bit humbled by the effort most Chinese students put into their artwork compared to what we did. It helped them connect more with the East Asia material we were covering.”
– 9th Grade Teacher, Judah Christian School, Champaign, IL

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“The project’s E-Travel Logs to the students are unsurpassed in their depth and breadth. They are lively, informative, and so well written! I can attest to the fact that the students can’t wait until the next one arrives. The websites are also rich with their vivid photographs and artwork… …We have learned so much more about the rain forest than ever before.”
– 5th Grade Teacher, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA

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“Van Rhyn Primary School in Windhoek, Namibia, has been extremely privileged to be a part of (this project) over the past three years. Through it, our pupils have had the opportunity to learn, not only about children from different countries, but also about the diverse cultures and ethnic groups of our own country. The project truly bridges cultural differences near and far.”
– 3rd Grade Teacher, Van Rhyn Primary School, Windhoek, Namibia

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“Our students do an extensive unit on the Amazon Rain Forest and this was a wonderful opportunity to teach the students about the culture of the people there. They became ‘friends’ with rain forest children. They enjoyed sending artwork, hearing stories and poems, receiving photographs and answers to their questions about life in this very different environment. It was an outstanding cultural exchange and I look forward to exploring another part of the world with OneWorld Classrooms again next year.”
– Library Media Specialist, Fairfield Country Day School Fairfield, CT

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“First I wanted to thank you for your interesting, detailed accounts of your adventures there. The children listened with rapt attention. And a special thank you for sending the beautiful artwork from the children. What treasures!”
– 3rd Grade Teacher, Katonah Elementary School, Katonah, NY

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“My first graders have really enjoyed this project. Reading the E-mails has been the highlight of morning circle time. We also enjoyed looking at the school Website and playing some of the children’s games during our recess… My students often remarked how similar we were. In fact, they found more commonalities than differences. We learned so much!”
– 1st Grade Teacher, Eastview Elementary School, Connersville, IL

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“I just wanted to thank you and the children for the lovely artwork. My students loved it!! …I would definitely be interested in participating next year.”
– 6th Grade Teacher, J.B. McNabb Middle School, Mt. Sterling, KY

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“We are so happy to read about your adventures! It is exciting to think where you are and where we are, and how quickly we can read, write, and reply.”
– Participating Artist, Westchester, NY

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“Thank you for teaching us about the rain forest. We would never have learned as much without you!” — “… it’s fascinating to see different cultures.” — “Your E-mail was cool and very descriptive. It felt like we were right there with you on your adventures.” — “The things I liked most were your E-mails and the children’s artwork.”
– 5th Graders at Webutuck Elementary School, Amenia, NY

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“My students are just loving this project. Thank you!”
– 1st Grade Teacher, Carter School, Chicago, IL

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“My students have enjoyed your emails. Thank you so very much for the artwork gifts. (The project) was wonderful!!! My kids absolutely loved it!”
– Special Ed. Teacher, Gonzalez Elementary School, Tolleson, AZ