Social-Distancing in Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global Education Resources


Dear Community Members:

My absolute favorite part of World Affairs Council of Maine programming is the community that it builds. We gather in Portland coffee shops, USM lecture halls, local business conference rooms, and fellow members' homes to learn from international and local experts and expand our understanding of important global issues. Not only does this communal learning platform create richer, more diverse discussions, it also leads to new friendships, strategic business relationships, and creative community collaborations. 

Just as we feel it is the Council's responsibility to convene Mainers to grow global citizenship in our state, it is equally our responsibility to keep Mainers safe during the current health pandemic facing the global community. Our Board of Directors met last week and voted to postpone all Council programming through March. We will continue to follow the recommendations coming from our Governor's office and the CDC - and will make decisions on spring 2020 programming accordingly. 

Our office will remain open, albeit virtually. For questions about Council programming or membership, please reach out to me by email at or by phone 207-838-8117. For questions about the International Visitor Leadership Program, please reach out to Director Maureen Hurley at 

The bad news: This is a stressful and unnerving time. It is especially difficult to lose community when challenged by the fear of many unknowns.  

The good news: We don't have to put global citizenship on hold. The internet affords us endless, FREE content for expanding our knowledge and understanding of the world. We’ve compiled a list of local and national resources for the young and wise to keep their global citizenship growing during this period of social-distancing. While we can’t share a community space for a while, we can still share resources. Please feel free to forward to friends and family.


In gratitude,


Kate McCarthy

Executive Director

Content for Everyone: Made in Maine


Maine Public: Speaking in Maine

In partnership with many civic minding organizations and education institutions from all around the state, Maine Public’s Speaking in Maine features diverse speakers addressing many of the important issues of our day. Speaking in Maine includes programming from the World Affairs Council of Maine, Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, and the Camden Conference.

Link to podcasts


Justice for Women Lecture Series

The Justice For Women Lecture (JFW) Series brings a distinguished speaker to Maine annually to present a public lecture and to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls in the developing world.

Link to videos


UNE Center for Global Studies

The Center for Global Humanities at the University of New England offers lectures by leading scholars to help us better understand the challenges besetting our civilization and outline new solutions for nations and peoples to live together without prejudice.

Link to video content



TEDxDirigo was founded in 2010 as a world-class platform to celebrate innovation and creativity in Maine. Our goal is for TEDxDirigo to be a

catalyst for positive change in the state and world, where new ideas are supported for the greater good of all.

Link to video content from 2019 conference



Content for Everyone: WACA Network


The World Affairs Council of Maine is part of a network of over 90 councils around the country bringing programming on global issues to their local communities.


World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) KNOW NOW program

WACA's KNOW NOW calls feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia, and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils. 

Link to podcasts


World Affairs (formerly World Affairs Council of Northern California)

WorldAffairs is a nationally syndicated program broadcast on NPR affiliates across the country dedicated to curating conversations across difference, on both global challenges and global solutions.

Link to podcasts

Link to videos


Content for Everyone: University Courses


Coursera provides free courses in a wide variety of subjects have been hand-picked by the learning team at Coursera. Includes course content from top universities, including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia.

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Open Culture

Get 1,500 free online courses from the world's leading universities -- Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download over 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites straight to your computer or smart phone.

Link to courses



Content for Everyone: Languages

Many Maine libraries offer free access to online language learning resources. Please contact your local library for more details.



Mango Languages is a fun, fast online system to learn 45 languages including Arabic, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Russian, Swahili and many more. Mango is a practical, interactive program, focused on conversation skills, so you’ll start speaking after just one lesson.

Link to Mango Languages (login from your local library required)



Pronunciator offers self-paced language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. Features include audio lessons, interactive textbooks, intelligent flashcards, pronunciation analysis, phrasebooks, and quizzes.

Link to Pronunciator (login from your local library required)


Content for Kids



The Scholastic Learn at Home program offers three hours of learning per day with up to four weeks of instruction.

Free content link


Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform that brings the challenges of an escape room to the classroom.

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Virtual Field Trips

A list of over 30 free virtual field trips compiled by a school teacher.

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