Resources

To apply for the AFS Project: Change scholarship, submit a project proposal idea that works on one or a few of the Sustainable Development Goals in one of the countries available. Find extensive resources below to help craft a proposal or teach sustainable development and changemaking.


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  • + Project: Change Lesson Plan
    • 2018 Project: Change Lesson Plan
      • A lesson plan that provides recommended tools, before class, and in-class materials. 
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    • 2018 Project: Change What is a Changemaker?
      •  A handout that defines what it means to be a Changemaker and the Changemaking Cycle.
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    • 2018 Project: Change Process Handout
      • A handout describing the Project: Change application process.
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    • Teaching Sustainable Development Goals: 1 Hour Course
      • A course from the World's Largest Lesson for educators to learn how to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals.
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    • The Global Goals Debate: A Lesson Plan for Teachers
      • This lesson plan from the World's Largest Lesson requires a bit of preparation by your students, but it allows your students to learn about The Goals, critically evaluate them, and then debate their significance and what to do about them in class.
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  • + Sustainable Development 101
    • “We the People” for the Global Goals
      • A celebrity-packed video from the Global Goals promoting the UN’s Global Goals. (3 mins)
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    • Introducing the Global Goals and World's Largest Lesson, Part 1 with Malala
      • An animation from the World's Largest Lesson with Malala that introduces the idea of sustainable development, The Global Goals, and World’s Largest Lesson. (5 mins)
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    • Introducing the Global Goals and World's Largest Lesson, Part 2 with Emma Watson
      • An animation from the World's Largest Lesson with Emma Watson that gives examples of projects working to impact The Global Goals. (5 mins)
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    • What is Sustainable Development?
      • An animated short from the World's Largest Lesson that defines sustainable development and explains how and why it is so important for our world.
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    • Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform our World
      • The primary source of information about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (aka. The Global Goals). This page offers first glance overviews of sustainable development, as well as deeper dives into the specific targets that make up the goals, the social problems underlying them, and work being done to reach them.
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    • The Global Goals homepage
      • General insight into all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
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    • The World's Largest Lesson homepage
      • Introduces the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people.
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    • The World's Largest Lesson, Introduction to the Goals
    • Project Everyone homepage
      • Project Everyone aims to spread greater awareness of the SDGs through campaigns, short films, multiplatform content, partners, and work with influencers.
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    • Comics illustrating each of The Global Goals
      • A fun comic from the World's Largest Lesson that explores the issues underlying The Global Goals and ways we can work on them.
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    • The World We Want: A Guide to The Goals for Children and Young People
      • An accessible breakdown of the Global Goals from the World's Largest Lesson and ways to explore how to reach them.
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    • The Global Goals Debate: A Lesson Plan for Teachers
      • This lesson plan from the World's Largest Lesson requires a bit of preparation by your students, but it allows your students to learn about The Goals, critically evaluate them, and then debate their significance and what to do about them in class.
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    • Teaching Sustainable Development Goals: 1 Hour Course
      • A course from the World's Largest Lesson for educators to learn how to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals.
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    • The Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals: Implementing the SDGs in Colombia, Indonesia, and Kenya
      • A review from the World Bank of how the SDGs are being implemented in Columbia, Indonesia, and Kenya.
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    • Global Citizenship in Action: Accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals
      • An article from AFS International that interviews two AFS Trustees (who are experts in development and education) about the importance of the Global Goals and how we can achieve them together.
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    • Stop Trying to Save the World: Big Ideas are Destroying International Development
      • A critical essay from the New Republic that gives examples of international development projects that have unintended negative consequences because they do not fully understand the contexts in which they try to make change. The author argues for more careful, slower scaling of new models and localizing international development ideas so they better account for the differences across communities and how those differences affect the implementation and effectiveness of projects that have succeeded elsewhere.
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    • SDG Index And Dashboards Report 2018: Global Responsibilities
      • Annual overview of countries performance on the 17 SDGs from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Search by country or focus on a goal within this long, detailed report that tracks the world's progress toward the goals.
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  • +Changemaker 101
    • The Story of Ashoka
      • An animated video from Ashoka detailing the story of Ashoka and their mission.
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    • Ashoka is…
      • A video from Ashoka in which members of the Ashoka community define their impact as an organization.
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    • How to Become a Changemaker in Today's World
      • A TedxTalk by Miguel Joey Aviles in which he unpacks the conscious decision of becoming a changemaker.
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    • #LeadYoung - Great Changemakers Start in their Youth
      • From Ashoka, an overview of Ashoka Lead Young, "a campaign that demonstrates, through storytelling, the power of young people who have dreamed a problem-solving dream, formed and led a team, and created a solution that changed their world."
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    • Ashoka Youth Venture Homepage
      • From Ashoka, the homepage of Ashoka's Youth Venture that "works with young people and partners to co-create tools and programs that help young people self-identify as changemakers and master critical pathways for thriving as changemakers."
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    • Sustainable Community Development: From What's Wrong to What's Strong
      • A TedX Talk on how to build solutions based on existing strengths of communities in need.
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    • Venture Guide: S.M.A.R.T. Goals
      • A video from Ashoka that discusses the importance of setting Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely goals to ensure success.
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    • Harvard Education: Askwith Forum: Empowering Youth as Changemakers
      • A lecture from the Harvard School of Education about empowering young people to create positive change.
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  • +Inspiring Project Examples
    • Changemakers Take Action: Examples from The Global Goals for Sustainable Development
      • Six examples of young changemakers from the World's Largest Lesson taking action to help drive toward The Global Goals.
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    • Ashoka's Youth Venture: Tionne
      • A video from Ashoka highlighting Tionne Johnson's experience with the Growing Youth Project,  part of the Alameda Point Collaborative, which addresses food access issues in the Bay Area.
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    • Global Changemakers Youth-Led Development Projects
      • A map of Global Changemakers projects by region to explore hundreds of youth-driven development solutions in action.
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    • Becoming a Changemaker
      • An article from YES Programs that discusses how to become a changemaker and highlights one student's project, Helpers for Helpers, which aims to empower Thai students to speak English.
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    • Want to Be the Change? 16 Inspirational Alumni Grant Projects
      • A list from YES Programs of 16 inspirational projects created by YES alumni.
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    • Project EduSol
      • An article from YES Programs that discusses a solar power education project.
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    • From Zeroes to Heroes: Improving Public Education in Nigeria
      • A video from Ashoka starring Aisha Waziri, who started a project in Nigeria to tutor local students and garner greater support for public education.
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    • Creating Clean Energy in the Philippines
      • An article from YES Programs that describes a project in which unemployed mothers and youth were taught how to turn the water hyacinth plants into crafts in the Philippines. Eventually, they created a solid bio-charcoal product used for heating, cooking, and barbecuing.
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    • How Ashoka Social Entrepreneurs are Changing Africa
      • A video highlighting Ashoka Fellows using technology to achieve greater impact and empowerment for farmers in Africa.
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    • Dare-to-Dive Project Continues to Inspire
      • An article from YES Programs detailing Dare to Dive, a project being conducted at the University of Ghana that provides swimming lessons for students with disabilities.
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    • Rain Water Harvesting in Kenya
      • An article from YES Programs detailing a water harvesting project at the Global Hope Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Ngong, Kenya, home to about eighty boys rescued from homelessness.
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  • +Country Facts & Reports
    • All Countries

    • SDG Index And Dashboards Report 2018: Global Responsibilities
      • Annual overview of countries performance on the 17 SDGs from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Search by country or focus on a goal within this long, detailed report that tracks the world's progress toward the goals.
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    • Argentina

    • Argentina Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Argentina with many links to other resources.
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    • Argentina Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in Argentina with overviews and more detailed looks at the World Banks work there.
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    • Argentina Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • Brazil

    • Brazil Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Brazil with many links to other resources.
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    • Brazil Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in Brazil with overviews and more detailed looks at The World Banks work there.
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    • Brazil Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals: Brazil 2017
      • From the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, this is a detailed report on Brazil's progress toward the SDGs.
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    • China

    • China Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about China with many links to other resources.
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    • China Country Profile on Development
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this is an introduction to China with some highlighted statistics on development.
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    • China Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • China Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in China with overviews and more detailed looks at The World Banks work there.
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    • The Sustainable Development Goals in China
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this is a list of the SDGs with specific info under each goal icon on how China is working to meet the SDGs in China.
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    • Colombia

    • Colombia Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Colombia with many links to other resources.
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    • Colombia Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in Colombia with overviews and more detailed looks at The World Banks work there.
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    • Colombia Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • Peace and Sustainable Development in Colombia
      • From SDG Philanthropy, this provides an official, detailed report on how Colombia is working to meet SDGs within its borders and the context of its struggle for peace, internally.
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    • Egypt

    • Egypt Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Egypt with many links to other resources.
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    • Egypt Country Profile on Development
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this is an introduction to Egypt with some highlighted statistics on development.
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    • Egypt Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in Egypt with overviews and more detailed looks at The World Banks work there.
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    • Egypt Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • Ghana

    • Ghana Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Ghana with many links to other resources.
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    • Ghana Country Profile on Development
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this is an introduction to Ghana with some highlighted statistics.
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    • Ghana Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • The Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana
      • From the UN in Ghana, this is a list of the SDGs with specifics about how they apply in Ghana.
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    • Ghana Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in Ghana with overviews and more detailed looks at The World Banks work there.
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    • The Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana: Why They Matter & How We Can Help
      • From the UN in Ghana, a list of the SDGs with specifics about how they apply in Ghana.
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    • Hungary

    • Hungary Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Hungary with many links to other resources.
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    • Hungary Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • Hungary Country Overview
      • The BBC provides an overview of Hungary with timelines of recent political developments and news about the country.
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    • Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Hungary
      • From the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, this is a Voluntary National Review of Hungary on the Sustainable Development Goals of
        the 2030 Agenda.
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    • Kenya

    • Kenya Country Profile
      • Made for Model UN, this gives the basics about Kenya with many links to other resources.
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    • Kenya Country Profile on Development
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, an introduction to Kenya with some highlighted statistics.
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    • Kenya Human Development Indicators
      • From the United Nations Development Programme, this provides overviews of key data on human development indicators, and deep dives into how these indicators are measured and interpreted.
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    • Kenya Economic and Political Overview
      • From the World Bank, this focuses on economic and political developments in Kenya with overviews and more detailed looks at the World Bank's work there.
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  • +Intercultural Learning
    • Basic Intercultural Terminology
      • From AFS, definitions for intercultural, cross-cultural, multicultural, intercultural learning, intercultural competence, intercultural communication, ethnocentrism, ethnorelativism, cultural informant, and cultural deviants or outliers.
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    • Concepts and Theories of Culture
      • From AFS, three models of culture – the iceberg, the onion, and the tree – provide a visually-engaging way to teach that culture includes both visible and underlying, partially-hidden, or invisible phenomena. Consider discussing these models and applying them to American cultures.
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    • Tools to Suspend Judgment
      • From AFS, these models of interaction can help students understand that just coming to a mutual understanding across cultures requires careful communication.
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    • AFS Educational Goals
      • Trying to fit changemaking into your required curriculum? These educational goals can help you connect these lessons to required standards, and give students a better sense of expected learning outcomes.
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    • Debriefing Experiential Learning
      • In many ways, the Project: Change trip is experiential learning in action. To help students grasp that idea, you can show them Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle.
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