How have young people become active global citizens, both in World War I and today? This topic, designed for secondary school learners, explores the concept of global citizenship, particularly through volunteer service. The lesson plans present a case study of an organization dedicated to creating global citizens through volunteerism, both historically and today. They provide students an opportunity to explore the meaning of global citizenship and to consider actions they can take as volunteers to engage in global and local issues.

This topic is divided into three interrelated lesson plans that could be taught independently or as a whole, depending upon grade level, instructional objectives, and time:

  1. Activator, Understanding Global Citizenship
  2. Lesson, AFS Intercultural Programs: A Case Study on Volunteerism and Global Citizenship
  3. Extension Activity, Think Globally, Act Locally! Engaging with the World Today