Pen Pal Program

The pen pal program has been suspended for the 2015-16 school year. We hope to reinstate the program next year. In past years, the pen pal program has provided students with the opportunity to build friendships across borders. The exchange of letters allows students to build greater knowledge of the world around them. They have the opportunity to learn about a different society, culture, landscape, and daily routines and responsibilities.

Since 2003, over 1,000 students have taken part in pen pal exchanges in the US and Guinea. 

Program Details:

  • Who? Our program is designed for elementary school students.
  • When? Each school year there is two rounds of letters. Each student will send two letters and receive two letters.
  • Where? Students in North America or Europe exchange letters with students from our partner schools in Guinea, West Africa.

Click here for an educational PowerPoint on Guinea. To learn more about the Pen Pal Program, click here.

For all inquiries, please contact the Project Coordinator Claire Wasserman at

“Research shows that the earlier children are introduced to other life-styles, the better they understand differences and view them more positively.”

-James Banks, Ph.D. Director of Multicultural Education at the University of Washington (Quoted by: Parents magazine, April 2010)