Poetry Exchange Instructions

for our partners

Your students will write poems to send to our students in America first.  Then our students will return poems for your students months later.  Students on both sides of the exchange will follow the "Poetry Guidelines" below.



1. Have your students create their poems according to the "Poetry Guidelines" below.

2. VERY IMPORTANT: Once finished, take a photo of each student holding their poem like this example.  Then, as soon as you take the photo, collect the poem from the student and put it safely into your collection box.  Then repeat the same process with the next student.  This will ensure that the order of the poems in the box will match the photos on your camera, which is VERY helpful for us.


NOTE: If you are also participating in our art exchange, you can take a SEPARATE photo of each student holding their drawing. Then, you can put their drawing and poem into your collection box together.


3. Tell us you are ready to send us the poems.  We will then discuss the shipping options with you, and we will cover the cost.


4. Tell us you are ready to transfer the digital photos of the children holding their poems.  We will then discuss the best transfer option, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc.


Please use A4 paper or another type of paper that is similar in size (not larger than 22x30 cm).

Please ask your students to write a poem in English in response to one of these questions:

  • What are your dreams for the future?

  • What is your hope for the future of the planet?

  • What is something that makes you happy?

Each poem should be at least 8 lines long. However, we understand that some children will not be able to write a poem in English that rhymes, and that is totally OK.  Such children can simply write 8 or more lines of text to answer one of the questions above.  It is great if they can rhyme the words, but it is OK if they cannot.


Hand outline. Each student traces an outline of their hand as a way of symbolically touching hands with the American child.

Student's name. Each student writes their first name (only) and age inside the tracing of the hand. For security purposes, students are not allowed to include any contact information.

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