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What's the Trek About?
Just what will be covered during the World Trek and what your students will be learning, is determined by two things:

1- National Education Standards: The World Trek will cover those topics you are probably covering in your class and that your students will be expected to learn about the places we're visiting. These are listed with the Teacher's Guide for each stage of the Trek.

2- Themes: For each of the sites the team visits, they will also explore one theme in depth. These themes focus on issues increasingly important for the well-being of people everywhere. They are listed below.


Planning Ahead: Itineraries:
To help you plan for upcoming stages of the World Trek, the Teachers Guides provide you with a week by week summary of what the World Trek will be covering.

The itineraries for Israel and Iran, and India are now available. Itineraries for subsequent site visits will be made available as they approach


Keeping Abreast, and Looking Back
As the trek proceeds, we erase the itineraries of the completed stages and replace them with summaries of everything that's been posted on the website for the students, along with suggestions for activities to hold students accountable and for extension activities. This is designed to save you the time it would take to review the site for yourself everytime.

Guides for Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, Central and South America, Southern Africa, Western Africa and Egypt are available now.



Central Themes and Essential Questions
For each site the Team visits, they will explore one theme in depth, in addition to supporting National Education Standards. These themes will be developed through a series of four "essential questions." Two of the Team Members will be living and working with community-based organizations that deals with issues relating to the theme of The Odyssey for that site. It is through this work that the themes will be primarily developed.

  1. The Internet and Society - Introductory Theme
    • How have past advances in technology influenced communications?
    • How do people use the Internet?
    • How can the Internet be used as a tool for education and social change?

  2. Youth and Society - Mexico & Zimbabwe
    • What roles do youth play in communities throughout the world?
    • What rights and responsibilities should youth have?
    • How can young people create change in their communities?

  3. Indigenous People - Guatemala
    • Who are indigenous people?
    • How has Western European expansion impacted indigenous communities?
    • What are some of the relationships the Western world has with indigenous communities today?
    • What is indigenism/indigenismo?

  4. The Environment and Development - Peru
    • What do we mean by the environment?
    • What is development? Who benefits from development?
    • What forces lead people to abuse or degrade the environment?
    • What forms of development are environmentally sustainable?

  5. Social Change in Theory and Practice - Mali & China
    • How have human beings changed their societies throughout history?
    • What are some current social change movements?
    • How can people work to improve their communities today?

  6. Gender Roles and Representations - Egypt
    • How do social roles of men and women vary in different cultures?
    • What gender issues have been raised around the world?
    • How are people of one culture likely to perceive gender roles in another culture?

  7. The Nature of Conflict - Israel
    • What is conflict?
    • What are the major causes of conflict between communities?
    • What approaches do communities use to resolve conflict?

  8. Wealth and Poverty - Turkey
    • Who is rich and who is poor?
    • How does wealth get divided?
    • What are the underlying causes of poverty?
    • What are the effects of an unequal distribution of wealth on a community?

  9. Community - Iran
    • What is community?
    • Why do individuals participate in communities?
    • How does my community affect my life?
    • What do I owe to my community?

  10. The Global Community - India
    • What is globalization?
    • Why is globalization occurring?
    • What impact does globalization have on communities around the world?
    • How do communities preserve their cultural identities?



Teacher's Guide: Mexico Guide - Belize/Guatemala Guide
Central/South America Guide - Southern Africa Guide
Western Africa Guide - Middle East Guide

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