Culture boxes bring the world to the classroom to give students a hands-on experience with realia, lesson plans, reading materials, and more to spark a fascination and curiosity of the world. The Council offers a library of culture boxes representing over 100 countries and regions from every continent, the five major belief systems of the world, and cultures unique to the American experience, namely African American, Asia/Pacific Island American, and Latino/Chicano American.
Culture boxes help students experience the arts, traditions, and daily life of countries around the world in a dynamic and interesting way. Each box is brimming with treasures from around the world, as well as teaching resources and reference materials. Life-size props are also available, including a Japanese Tea House, a Ndbele House from South Africa, and a Bedouin Tent from the Middle East. Culture boxes are available to teachers, educators, students, parents, and organizations in Oregon and SW Washington.
Through partner organizations, we offer the opportunity to have an international guest present the box to the class. Speakers are available through Portland State University's International Cultural Service Program, the Columbia River Peace Corps Association Speakers Bureau, and the World Affairs Council International Visitors Program.
For the past 25 years, the Council has received contributions for the culture boxes from people all around the world. We rely on the generosity of our members and friends to help us compile a diverse and exciting array of material. Learn more about how to contribute to the culture boxes.
Click here to learn more about the impact that culture boxes can have in the classroom in this video featuring Oregon teacher Maria Copelan.