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What is a Culture Box?
WorldOregon Culture Boxes are filled with hands-on, authentic treasures and lessons about the art, culture and daily life of people from over 100 countries across six continents. These boxes can include:
- musical instruments,
- traditional dress,
- foreign language books
- games, and much more!
Culture Boxes help learners to explore and understand cultural identity around the world. Teachers can borrow Culture Boxes to enhance their lessons and increase global literacy for their K-12 students. Many of these items were donated by fellow Oregonians who have traveled, lived, or immigrated from around the world. By interacting with these cultural items, Oregonians can prepare themselves to live, work, and thrive in multicultural communities.
To reserve a Culture Box, please contact:
Karen Ettinger, Global Classroom Manager
(503) 306-5270 or email@example.com.
Please include your school, grade level, & the name of the box you would like to reserve.
Which countries are represented in your culture boxes?
We currently have culture boxes in over 100 countries across 6 continents, including many cultures which do not have formally recognized borders. For a complete list, click here!
How do teachers use culture boxes?
There are many different ways to incorporate culture box material into your lesson plans. From teaching about the French art of cheesemaking while studying fermentation in Chemistry, to studying Egyptian culture while learning algebra--put your subject areas into context with culture boxes!
The best way to become familiar with how to use culture boxes is by attending our Culture Box Orientation held every Fall with educators from around the greater-Portland area. Check out our events page for the most current list of upcoming educator workshops.
How much does it cost to rent a culture box?
The user fee for each set of culture boxes depends on the number of the boxes and ranges anywhere from $20 to $65 a month. A sliding scale can be applied depending on financial need. Payment can be by check or credit card.
Note: additional fees may be applied to cover loss of or damage to cultural items or educational materials.
Where can I pick up the culture boxes?
Culture Boxes are available for pick up from Monday to Wednesday by appointment only. WorldOregon is located 3rd Floor of the Sovereign Building in Downtown Portland at 1207 SW Broadway @ Madison. The closest parking is metered on the street and the nearest parking lot is on Park and Main St. When you pick up Culture Boxes please come in to fill out forms and receive an orientation.
Enhance global learning and schedule an international guest speaker!
Our International Speakers Bureau of college students, community members and International Visitor Program guests are happy to bring your Culture Box experience to life! WorldOregon hosts over 600 international visitors a year through the U.S. Department of State. There's no better way to enhance culture box learning than by meeting someone who represents that country!