Several decades ago, exploring another culture was a practice that didn't extend far past finding an English-speaking pen pal in another country. These days, however, technology has opened up the world to schoolchildren. Not only can kids learn new languages and study the geography, customs and history of other countries through online resources, they can also interact firsthand with students across the globe -- and other cultures within their own area. The Blackfeet Youth Initiative in Montana is a cross-cultural program that connects students with their counterparts at a local Indian reservation. A school in Columbus, Ohio, reached even farther by sharing a program with a sister school in Japan.
On the next page you'll find another fun, but more traditional, category of programs.