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PTPI’s Global Book Club – July Selection

July 1st, 2015

Join PTPI Program Coordinator Matthew Hughes in reading Julia Child’s My Life in France through a cultural lens.

My Life in France by Julia Child

My Life in France by Julia Child

The 2009 film Julie & Julia introduced a new generation of food lovers to groundbreaking television chef Julia Child—expertly portrayed by Meryl Streep—and the joy she found in French cuisine. The movie cleverly juxtaposes a New York City blogger’s efforts to recreate every recipe from Julia’s landmark cookbook with the ardor, elation, and challenge Julia experienced in writing it with two friends from France. Its storylines are all engaging—overseas adventures, gourmet delicacies, family strife, love and loss, enduring friendship, success and failure—but it is Julia’s cultural discoveries that make her story a perfect choice for PTPI’s Global Book Club.

Julia Child’s progression from California native to globetrotter to Francophile and American icon involves more than the film might suggest. Her autobiography, My Life in France, carefully traces these transitions in her own words, going beyond what the movie was able to include by showcasing the cultural dissonance, paradigm shifts, comfort zones, and humorous misunderstandings that characterize the experiences of so many expats.

We invite you to join us as we explore Julia Child’s experiences in France, Germany, Norway, and Massachusetts. Along the way, we’ll find what was so mesmerizing for Julia about French culture, discover her knack for making culture accessible, and maybe pick up a kitchen tip or two.

Join Global Book Club members from around the world as they discuss this book on PTPI’s Blog. Stay tuned for the next book announcement in September.

People to People International’s Global Book Club is a way to connect with your global community. Global Book Club members communicate about valuable, international topics and gain unique insight and understanding of various cultural views in relation to those topics. For more information on People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org or PTPI’s Facebook Page. #globalbookclub

 The opinions expressed by PTPI staff and other book club members are entirely their own and are not necessarily the views of PTPI or its Officers, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

 

 


PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Bogota, Colombia

June 17th, 2015

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.

Chapter Name: Bogota, Colombia Chapter

Project Name: “Understanding, Friendship, Assistance & Peace Through Art”

Number of Beneficiaries: Over 400 families (720 teens and children)

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PTPI’s Bogota, Colombia Chapter Members playing with the children and teens of their community

 

Project Description: In order to positively impact the vulnerable, at risk children and teenagers in the community, the chapter decided to use integral arts, cultural & recreational activities, workshops, events with volunteers members, including some ex-players and coaches of the Homeless World Cup (a previous Chapter Project).

Outcomes and Impact of the Project:

-          To discover, develop, promote positive, innate, vocational human values, talents, skills of very poor, vulnerable, at risk children and teenagers.

-          To empower children and young people, strengthen families and communities through understanding.

-          To promote community, institutional networks to help poor, vulnerable, at risk children and teenagers

-          To promote understanding, engagement, support among different segments of the society to help very poor, vulnerable, at risk children and teenagers

-          To include marginalized, very poor social centers in social, cultural, humanitarian activities.

-          To build a more understandable, considered, equitable, peaceful world at the long term.

Reflection on Lessons Learned:It is necessary to be sure of more enough funds for  transportation, promotion,  instruction,  kits donations, meals, refreshments in workshops, complementary  events, travel expenses, equipment for training, videos, phone, internet, fax  etc . monitoring, following, evaluation, diffusion, publication etc…

Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

To learn more about People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org or check out our Facebook Page.

 


PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Lilongwe, Malawi

June 9th, 2015

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.

Chapter Name: Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter

Project Name: Cheering up the elderly, orphans and disabled (See more photos on Facebook)

Number of Beneficiaries: 1,250

PTPI’s Lilongwe, Malawi Student Chapter

Project Description: A series of Focus Group Discussions were held in order to conduct a needs assessment for our community. The discussions were based on what the individuals thought were the biggest problems affecting the community as a whole, as well as possible solutions to those problems. As a result, the students decided to cook for the community, specifically the elderly, children and disabled.

Outcomes and Impact of the Project: The community enjoyed eating the wonderful food that the students prepared together. Even people from different villages came! They all chatted and sang together, thus promoting Peace through Understanding.

Reflection on Lessons Learned: Since the poverty rate of the country is so high, we found that many people showed up to the event just to eat free food. Next time, we plan on distributing uncooked food items, clothes and other necessities to the people in need rather than cooking.

Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

To learn more about People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org or check out our Facebook Page.