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The Peace Corps girls club, Vamos Chicas, display the Paraguay flag and their books and drawings of their dreams.

Virtual Visits

Even before the pandemic, Scott Stoll has been visiting schools virtually in countries around the world. Scott Stoll is available for motivational talks at your school or virtually (Zoom or Skype), and to help lead a Dream Workshop or Make-A-Book Project or a motivational talk.

Below is an example of working with the Peace Corp that I am very proud of and a school in Kenya. I’d love to do more. If interested, please contact me and we can discuss what works best for your group.


Vamos Chicas Vamos

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The Peace Corps girls club, Vamos Chicas, talking to the author Scott Stoll on Skype.

As you may know, the Spanish edition of my “Falling Uphill” kids book “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” that we created in Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador is being used by the Peace Corp in Paraguay to help teach kids how to read, write and dream.

Above the kids display their books, pictures of their dreams, a thank-you sign, and the Paraguay Flag. Below, the kids speak with the author (me) about their dreams. They especially loved meeting Oliver, my green cheeks conure that was sitting on my shoulder. He comes from South America also. The Peace Corp program director, Molly wrote: “Vamos Chicas Vamos skyping with Scott Stoll about his book. Even though the whole thing was translated and they were all too scared to talk they still cited that moment as one of their favorites of the whole club!”

Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill books.
Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill books.

Inspiring dreams in Kenya

Finally, it took two months for my package of books to arrive in Kenya. I marked the package “educational material for children,” and luckily no one stole it as often happens. I love how the photo captures them jumping in the air, just like they are falling uphill. I hope the books encourage the kids to dream and take steps of action to make those dreams real. They said, “Asante sana.” Which is, “Thank you very much!” in Swahili; but really, in the distant future, the stories that I’ll hear about the amazing things have done will be my reward.


Consider buying a book for a child in need.

I’ve been donating my time to schools and children in need for over a decade. I’ve donated several thousands of books to teachers. Unfortunately, I have more goodwill than money. So — Please! — help me! Buy a book signed by the author (me) for a child that otherwise couldn’t have one. This book will be donated on your behalf. Or, you can purchase signed books and donate them yourself. To sweeten the deal, I’ll even visit the school free-of-charge.

I have several books to choose from. My favorite is the true story of my trip around the world on a bicycle. You can actually read the English version of Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life free online, but that doesn’t compare to giving the kids their own paper book and pencil, eraser and paper to draw their own dream.

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