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Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America

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.


Bring the World to Your Classroom

As part of its educational mission, the Kellogg Institute provides resources for K-12 teachers to share with their students.  Teachers can utilize Kellogg’s Traveling Trunks to expose their students to the culture, music and artifacts from countries around the world.  


Lending Policy

Kellogg will accept reservations for the Traveling Trunks for the Fall of 2022 semester starting Wednesday, August 3rd. Fall Trunk pickup will begin on Monday, August 29

All Borrowers

All educators are required to submit a one-time lending agreement the first time they borrow a trunk. If a lending agreement is not on file, the Kellogg Institute will be unable to release the trunk to the educator.

Complete Lending Agreement


1st graders at St. Anthony de Padua used some items from the China Trunk.
Students are "reading" around the world and today was China!  They read
Mrs. Frizzle's Adventure:  Imperial China!  by Joanna Cole and Look What
Came from China! by Miles Harvey. They learned about Chinese sunglasses
from 500 years ago! In this  photograph students participating in Twisting
Yangko Dancing, a folk dance from the northern provinces!

There are no user fees for borrowing the trunks.  However, if items are lost or damaged, the educator 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. Late fees will be used for the acquisition of additional materials.


Reservations for first semester (August through December) will begin in August and for the second semester (January through May) in November. Please limit your requests to two trunks. After the first month of reservation, requests teachers may reserve any trunks still available for the semester. Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible. Any educator who gives less than a one-week notice for the cancelation of a confirmed trunk reservation may be prohibited from borrowing trunks for the remainder of the semester as well as the following semester.

Pick-up and Drop-off

Trunks are picked up and returned at 1130 Jenkins Nanovic Halls on the University of Notre Dame campus 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.

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