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Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and, Latin America

Registration for the Traveling Trunks will begin August 15.


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia, and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of the regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

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Traveling Trunks

Lending Policy

All Borrowers

All educators are required to submit a one time lending agreement the first time a trunk is borrowed. Click here to complete the lending agreement.

Pick-up and Drop-off

Trunks are picked up and dropped off at 130 Hesburgh Center on the University of Notre Dame campus by the borrower and may be kept for a maximum of one month.  You may park on the sidewalk adjacent to the south side of the building if you use your emergency flashers. Click here for a campus map.


There are no user fees for borrowing the trunks.  However, if items from the trunks are lost or damaged, the teacher is responsible for the replacement cost. If the trunks are not returned after a 2-day grace period, the Kellogg Institute will charge a late fee of $5.00 per day per trunk. Late fees will be used for the acquisition of additional materials. For details, see the lending agreement.

Scheduling Guidelines

There is a two trunk per teacher, per semester limit for the first month of requests. Reservations for first semester (August through December) will begin mid August and for second semester (January through May) in November. (Please check back later for specific dates.) After the first month, teachers may reserve any trunks still available for the semester.

Any teacher who does not give at least a one-week notice for the cancelation of a confirmed trunk reservation will be prohibited from borrowing trunks for the remainder of the semester as well as the following one. It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible; last minute cancelations and no-shows are unfair to fellow educators.

Please allow one week before requests to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk.  To check for availability and request a trunk, click on the countries listed below.

WE NOW HAVE A WAITING LIST: If the trunk you would like to use is marked as “unavailable” during the time you want it, or if you would like to be notified if a reserved trunk becomes available any time during the year, there is now a waiting list option on the request form. Notifications of availability will be sent out on a first-come, first-served basis. You are free to accept or decline the trunk at that time.

Travelling Trunks of Africa

Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia, and Latin America

To see trunk content, check availability, and request a trunk, click on the links below. Be sure you have submitted a lending agreement.

Andean Region

Ancient Civilizations

Central America

Cuba & the Caribbean


Brazil: Music & Culture

Southern Cone

East Africa

West Africa



Southeast Asia




Ford Program

Varieties of Democracy

Latin American/North America Church Concerns

Notre Dame Award

Kellogg Faculty Fellows

Visiting Fellows Program

Faculty Research

Working Groups

Undergraduate Student Programs

Graduate Student Programs

International Development Studies Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

Institute Publications

Working Papers

K-12 Resources

Traveling Trunks

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