Friendship is a Commitment
PeacePal is a classroom-based program for middle and high school age students. In most cases, students write 3 to 4 hand-written letters to a peer in a country across the globe, and receive 3 to 4 reply letters each school year. In the process of learning about your PeacePal's country and culture, you will also practice your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. An open mind and your best effort and commitment to the process are expected.
We are not able to accept individual PeacePals at this time, and the teacher/classroom enrollment deadline for each school year is June 30th. If you would like to become a PeacePal, please talk with your teacher about joining our program and have them contact us. We recommend that teachers or group leaders contact us in the spring or summer prior to the start of a new school year to discuss our pen pal program.
“I showed your letter to my family, they were fascinated and they were surprised because PeacePal sends letters to Nepal. They were wondering if Nepal was a big country, I told them that it was big enough to have amazing people to live there.” -From a student in the US writing to her penpal in Nepal
“One thing that I am worried about in the future is running out of water. I am worried about this because if we run out of water then everyone and everything would die. A world worry that I have is war. I think that the world can stop this problem by just trying to talk through and solve these problems without violence.” -From a student in the US writing to her penpal in Kenya
"My family is not in good conditions because my parents are jobless. Sometimes we do not eat food because we have no money to buy it." --From a student in Uganda writing to her US penpal
“It has been great to get to know you, and I am thankful that we were able to have this open line of communication. I think that by simply communicating, our world would be able to handle situations in a much more humane and peaceful way.” -From a student in the US writing to her penpal in Nigeria
"A large problem in this world right now is war and why human kind must always fight each other. I don’t see why everyone can’t just get along. I feel that PeacePal is a brilliant invention. It just goes to show this world is not really that big. We are all more or less the same.” -From a student in the US writing to his penpal in Kenya
“Thank you so much for writing to me! It was one of the most interesting things I have ever done. I will miss writing to you!” - From a student in the US writing to her penpal in Uganda
“I believe that the biggest problem in the world is poverty. This is a big problem because it keeps many very smart people from reaching their full potential.” -From a student in the US writing to his penpal in India
"Of course I like the idea of PeacePal. The bond between two students: the future of their own nation from different worlds to build a peaceful world. Where we get chance to share different ideas, solution, thought, knowledge, environment etc… with much love and care." --From a student in Nepal writing to his US penpal
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We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.
— Neville Chamberlain