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Please note that because our programs are staffed by volunteers, we are unable to fulfill every requested program. However, we work very hard with educators to bring this exciting, free opportunity to their schools and community groups.

International Programs by Request

Educators can request programs on any international topic that fits their class’s needs. Presenters are volunteer international students and scholars and IU faculty experts who are given preparatory DL training. ISIS programs are scheduled at times convenient to teachers, class, studio schedules, and presenters, taking place primarily from October to December and February through May. Topics about countries, cultures, or issues in the following world regions can usually be arranged: Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, India, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Western Europe.

The Peace Corp Experience

Students have the opportunity to meet a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Any grade level can learn about other cultures, as experienced by these volunteers. Your Government or US History students can learn about this organization and institution which began in 1960 and continues to offer post-college opportunities for American citizens. Other students may want to explore the Peace Corps as a lesson in service learning or as a means of discovering a new part of the world through the eyes of a fellow American. The RPCV presenters in these ISIS programs are current students or staff at Indiana University.

International Program by Request: Global Holidays

Semana Santa (Easter week) celebrations in Oaxaca City, Mexico include a Silent Procession.  Photo is by Eli Konwest.

Semana Santa (Easter week)  celebrations in Oaxaca City, Mexico include a Silent Procession. Photo is by Eli Konwest.

Curious about holidays in a specific part of the world? ISIS will work with educators to design Distance/Distributive Learning programs to complement ongoing curricula and match student grade and special needs. Educators can request programs on any international topic that fits their class’s needs. Presenters are volunteer international students and scholars and IU faculty experts who are given preparatory DL training. Holiday programs for the following world regions can usually be arranged: Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, India, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. Participants will be exposed to the cultures of other peoples through their investigations into global holidays.

International Program by Request: Music from around the World

Pipe bands play during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Ireland.  Photo is from a program on Celtic Music by Mara Bernstein.

The Dooagh and Pollagh Village Pipe Bands play during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Achill Island, Ireland.  Photo is from a program on Celtic Music by Mara Bernstein.

Curious about music traditions in a specific part of the world? ISIS will work with educators to design Distance/Distributive Learning programs to complement ongoing curricula and match student grade and special needs. Educators can request programs on any international topic that fits their class’s needs. Presenters are volunteer international students and scholars and IU faculty experts who are given preparatory DL training. Music programs for the following world regions can usually be arranged: Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, India, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. Participants will be exposed to the cultures of other peoples through their investigations into global music traditions.

International Program by Request: Human Rights

Want to know more about human rights for a specific part of the world? ISIS will work with educators to design interactive video programs to complement ongoing curricula and match student grade and special needs. Educators can request programs on the concept of human rights that fits their class’s unique needs. Presenters are volunteer international students and scholars and IU faculty experts who are given preparatory distance learning training. Programs about human rights for the following world regions can usually be arranged: Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, India, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Western Europe.

Orientations to Interactive Video (IAV) Programming

In addition to the development and delivery of international studies classroom programs, ISIS will provide 15-60 minute orientation programs for student classes or teacher groups. Free-of-charge, these programs are meant to introduce the audience to the technology, to provide an initial, safe interactive experience, and/or to introduce the basic principles of IAV curriculum planning.


“I found the video conference an amazing experience in learning and it shed a lot of light on things that were grey areas for me… I definitely want to visit Egypt after the video conference even with the turmoil going on. There are a lot of historic things going on right now that I would love to experience firsthand. I also found it interesting that what the speaker had to say and what our media had to say were sometimes very different. It was awesome to listen to someone firsthand talk about their culture and what is going on there politically instead of hearing biases from news sources.” – Student on video conference on the Egyptian Revolution, Northern Michigan University