Choose Your Own Global Adventure

We invite you to participate in one of our asynchronous opportunities!  Submit your response/s to:

Books from Around the World:

Ann Morgan took on the ambitious project to read at least one book from every country in the world in 2012 – A Year of Reading the World. In total, she read 197 books! Thankfully, Morgan selected her top ten that are (at the time) readily available. 

  • Albania – Ismail Kadare Broken April
  • Canada – Nicole Brossard Mauve Desert
  • Czech Republic – Bohumil Hrabal Too Loud a Solitude
  • Mongolia – Galsan Tschinag The Blue Sky
  • Myanmar – Nu Nu Yi Smile as they Bow
  • Pakistan – Jamil Ahmad The Wandering Falcon
  • Serbia – Srdjan Valjarevic Lake Como (limited availability)
  • Sierra Leone – Ismael Beah A Long Way Gone
  • Tajikistan – Andrei Volos Hurramabad
  • Togo – Tete-Michel Kpomassie An African in Greenland

Your quest: Select one of these books to read during PERISCOPE and think about whether or not there are any intersections between the story of the book and either your life, life at Deerfield Academy, culture here in the U.S. or your home country. Create a way to share your insights through art, video, essay, etc. This is your adventure, so the finished product should be authentic to you.

Passport-Free Travel around the World:

You don’t need your passport to travel the globe with this adventure. Across the globe, there are human made structures and natural sites and wonders that have received the UNESCO designation. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has awarded this designation to 1,121 sites worldwide. 

Your quest: Select five stories from the partnership with UNESCO and Google Arts and culture. There are 40 in total. After reading these stories, identify three questions or topics you would like to know more about across all five and find additional resources (video, music, essays) that correspond with your questions. Your adventure, your choice. Create a storyboard of your additional resources or share a video or essay with the information you discovered.

Added challenge should you choose: Visit the UNESCO list of 52 sites that are categorized as “In Danger.” Select three of these sites that you would like to see in person. Tell us why you selected them, why they have this “in danger” designation and if there is anything you can do to advocate for its repair, reconstruction or other work to upgrade its status.


If all three of these sound interesting to you, then go all in! Select samples from each and determine similarities across cultures. ……something about a multi-disciplary output….find music, specific people, something that relates to you personally.

Food and Culture:

It is no secret that food has extreme cultural significance and is widely varied around the world. If you are curious about different foods, love seeing different parts of the world and enjoy the documentary film style, then this adventure is for you. Chef’s Table is a Netflix docuseries that does a deep-dive cultural and biographic immersion into one chef’s story, one hour at a time.

Your quest: Watch four episodes of Chef’s Table on Netflix. They each have to be from a different country. As you watch them, reflect on foods that are important to you and your family, your culture. Create your own cooking video demonstrating one dish that you have prepared and why it is culturally significant/important to you.

Here are four episode recommendations to consider:

Savannah, GA – Mashama Bailey

Calcutta, India and London – Asma Kahn

Tuscany, Italy – Dario Cecchini

South Korea – Jeong Kwan


Flag Presentations:

Watch students present about countries from which they are from. This is an opportunity to hear stories from other students about culture, community, their flag, and more! Build community and your global understanding in the process. 

Eco-Reps Film Group:

Since 2015, Deerfield has hosted an annual film screening of Telluride Mountainfilm’s World Tour as a way of celebrating the brilliance and adventure found in the natural world. This playlist highlights the best short films from past Deerfield Mountainfilm events as well as several uplifting documentaries that will keep you connected and inspired, wherever you happen to be on this extraordinary planet! Please share these films with friends and enjoy watching them with your families back home.

Enjoy this wonderful collection of short films by clicking on the following link:



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Through the CSGC, students can apply for up to $150 to fund student-generated projects on and off campus during the school year. Proposals for CSGC Micro-Grants are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Learn more about micro grants by clicking here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County:

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program connects juniors and seniors at Deerfield Academy with children in Franklin County who want to have an older boy or girl as a role model. In a typical year, the Bigs and Littles meet from 6:00-8:00 pm most Friday evenings and spend their time together on campus playing tag, basketball, hide-and-go-seek, board games, and much more.