5 Minutes with Chelsea Ducatte

November 20th, 2014

Name: Chelsea Ducatte

Title: PTPI Program Intern

Start Date at PTPI: November 3, 2014

Chelsea Ducatte

Chelsea Ducatte

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to see the whole world eventually, but for now I really want to go to New Zealand and Japan!

2. Are there any words you live by? A favorite saying or quote? What is it?

“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits.

Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.” -Mahatma Gandhi

3. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I love to play foot golf! It’s like golf but with a soccer ball. I also love going to baseball games. GO ROYALS!

4. What was your favorite travel experience?

My favorite experience abroad would have to be the month I spent in Peru for my International Studies Internship with Cross-Cultural Solutions. I was stationed in Lima and worked in a small village called Villa El Salvador in a Senior Center. But on the weekends we took lots of trips! I got to see ancient ruins in Caral, penguins in the Ballestas Islands in Paracas, and went sandboarding in a natural oasis in the Ica desert. I met lots of wonderful people and made lasting friendships.

5. Would you go bungee jumping?

Yes! I have already been skydiving, so of course bungee jumping is on my adrenalin junky list.

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Discussion Question 2 for Same, Same But Different and Growing Up Global

November 18th, 2014

Blog post prepared by Rebecca Nunn, Manager of Administration

In the book Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, two boys become pen pals through their schools.  Elliot is from America and Kailash is from India.  Through their letters they learn that even though they are very far apart, they are more alike than different.  Did you know People to People International offers a FREE school pen pal program?

PTPI’s School & Classroom Program is a free service that links classes and youth groups in different countries for pen pal exchanges and projects that foster cultural understanding and friendship. Teachers of students ages 4-18 years old are invited to register. Giving students an authentic audience for their work is both a motivator and a source of engagement. If we can encourage youth to think about respect, peaceful relations, and global concerns when they are young, we may help them become the type of thinkers and leaders we need when they are adults! We will provide resources for successful, global collaborations that will be meaningful to your students throughout their lives. Join our community of 250,000+ teachers and students from 128 countries!

Activity for Same, Same But Different:

Alex practices yoga, just like Kailash in Same, Same But Different

Alex practices yoga, just like Kailash in Same, Same But Different

Alex was interested in Kailash talking about yoga.  He used to do yoga stretches in his daycare right before naps.  We talked about how yoga helps us feel quiet and calm.  We also talked about how fun it would be to go to school in India and have yoga as a class everyday like Kailash. He also wanted to draw a picture of our house that he would share if he had a pen pal.

Alex draws a photo of his house, something he would share with a pen pal if he had one

Alex draws a photo of his house, something he would share with a pen pal if he had one

Alex's house

Alex’s house

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Cultural Cooking: Chicken Korma with Aloo from India

November 14th, 2014

Recipe Title: Chicken Korma with Aloo (Potatoes)

Submitted by: Jyoti Mukharji

PTPI Affiliation: Friend of PTPI

jyoti cooking

Jyoti cooking in her kitchen.

Recipe Description: This recipe is commonly used in every household when chicken is being served. I grew up with this chicken dish. Every household has a minor variation in this recipe which is peculiar to their family.

Servings: 6-8

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


Note: Remember to pay attention to the unit of measurement used. Check conversions online or click here for a quick guide to U.S. and metric conversions. 

1.5 pounds chicken thighs, fat trimmed

4 skinless chicken legs

2 large potatoes, quartered as desired

A little more than 1/2 cup canola oil

2 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

4 green cardamoms

4 cloves

6 crushed black peppercorns

2 medium onions, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, grated

1.5 inch piece of ginger, grated

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Salt to taste

Cayenne pepper (ground) to taste

1/2 cup plain, non-fat or low-fat yoghurt, beaten

For garnish: 

1/4 teaspoon garam masala

1 tablespoon cilantro

Chicken Korma with Aloo (Potatoes)

Chicken Korma with Aloo (Potatoes)

Recipe Steps:

1. Heat the oil in a deep pan on medium. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cardamoms, cloves, and black peppercorns.

2. After a minute or so, add chopped onion and potatoes. Saute until onions are light brown.

3. Add tomato sauce, ginger, garlic, and turmeric, and saute for a few minutes until the oil separates out of the sauce.

4. Add the chicken, salt, and pepper, and saute until the chicken changes color (roughly 10 minutes).

5. Cover and cook on low-heat for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes and chicken are done.

6. Add the yoghurt, mix well, cover, and turn off the flame.

7. Serve hot and garnish with garam masala and cilantro. Can be served with rice or Indian flat-bread.


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