Project Purus … A Grade 4 Student’s Perspective

This guest post comes to us courtesy of Gurtej, a Grade 4 student at Green Timbers Elementary, Surrey, BC, Canada.  It is our pleasure to share his amazing work with the international #globalclassroom community! (It was originally published on his blog here).

So the Mystery of the World Continues …

So the mystery of the world is what makes third world countries so poor? Well there is this great project named Project Purus, Project Purus is an organization that helps schools in third world country’s. They do work for people they don’t even know. Like Govinda, Garrett has never met Govinda but Garrett is still doing lots of work. By the way Govinda is the founder of SAV School in Nepal. You can visit their website here. . This video will get you thinking about water. Remember some people have to drink brown water. Keep that in mind. This is what I want to show you.

What if your water looked like that? I think that Project Purus is sending a message out there in the world to leave a positive legacy. What will third world countries look like in ten years? In 20 years? Will there be third world countries in 10 or 20 years? Try to put all of that darkness away and think about it. What if you were in a third world country? What if you had to go through the obstacles in a third world country? In Nepal a water filter is 6,000 Nepal dollars. Here it is 60 dollars. Project Purus turned that gucky brown water in Nepal to clean fresh water with just this:

They changed it to fresh clean water instead of that gucky brown water with just this

They went from this


To this see the smiles on their faces. See how happy they are. Their smiles just light my day.

all pictures by Project Purus []

If we gave these kids the life in Canada for one day they would be the happiest kids on earth. If we went to Nepal for one minute we wouldn’t be able to handle it. All just because of we living in a first world country. How do you think these kids can handle it in a third world country? Because they have to go through these obstacles every single day of their life. We didn’t have to go through it for one minute. These kids have real courage. Don’t be jealous of these kids be happy for them. They finally got clean water. This is their first time. By the way Nepal is actually considered a fourth world country.

What do you think third world countries will be like in 10 years? Or 20 years? Will there be an effect on earth because of third world countries? See you next time. Hope you comment

Inspired By: Project Purus

Thank you for changing especially the world and me. This got me thinking about what do kids have in fourth world countries? Bye


iEARN is 25! And Teddy Bears are in the Front!

Maple in Taiwan from mali bickley on Vimeo.

Although we have participated in iEARN projects before, for the first time a Kindergarten class in our school, Mill Creek Elementary in Geneva, IL, USA, participated in the Teddy Bear Project through iEARN. It’s been great hearing about their exchange with Wen Ya Elementary in Taiwan. Although we were not part of this video or the iEARN post linked below, we loved seeing all of those happy students!

iEARN. What a great organization. There are many global collaborative education organizations out there now, but iEARN…well, they were the true cutting edge for us all. They have only become stronger in their numbers, larger in their geographic reach and curriculum scope, and more influential during their 25 years. Lucky for all of us, they have retained all of their professional generosity, humanity and incredible inclusiveness. They are true leaders in every possible way. Happy 25th iEARN! I’m proud to be among your many admirers and participant teachers.

Take a look at David Potter’s iEARN’s post about the Teddy Bear Project. It is really fun.

Going Global – A Honduran Student’s Perspective

This was originally posted on Stephanie Cruz’s blog last year, and is reproduced with permission. Stephanie is one of @JosePopoff‘s students in Honduras.

Hey! So this week we had a Skype session with a Texas school. This teacher’s students wanted to practice their Spanish with us, they wanted to have an experience in which they would actually be talking with native Spanish speaking teenage students (wow, that’s long, sounded shorter in my head). Anyhow, they started talking to us and we did not feel offended, but it was a bit awkward.

We were excited about the session, but once they started asking, everything turned out to be disappointing  One of the questions asked, was “do you guys use cellphones ” And the other one was, “how does your house looks like?”. It felt like if our balloon was just pinched.

One of the things I learned was never to feel above others, or  beneath others.

We should think twice before we speak, we should consider whom are we talking to or talking with. There are many countries, not just the one we live on. This means that when we are talking with someone we must at least try to use a global vocabulary. Not our daily words, but words that are understandable to others that do not live in the same country as we do. For instance, “I live in Lima”. From this phrase one can understand that I live in Lima, Peru, and this is not the case. Specify from were are we natives from. “I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras”.

I just wanted to share this because whether we are aware of or not, we are all going global somehow.

The world is advancing, technology is getting even better. There is a word we Hondurans say when someone is uncivilized “montunos”. So, as my teacher once said, we must take off that “montunation” we have.

Start getting global, speak the global language, and get it started!