The Pan Pal Project
Experiencing different cultures can be hugely impactful in empowering young students to develop a worldly perspective. The Pan Pal Project seeks to bring this experience into the classroom through the lens of food. Based on the pen pal concept, students are paired up with another student from a different country to exchange food culture. At three different times of the year, they will not only learn about their Pan Pal’s food culture, but also immerse themselves in their partner's world through cooking and eating their food. The curriculum is centered around a kit that includes a field guide to each Pal’s country, a set of prompted postcards, and interactive recipe booklets. Each component seeks to engage students in critical self-reflection, perspective taking, and dynamic collaboration.