Postcard Exchange

The idea of exchanging postcards is as simple as it is enchanting: When every Waldorf school in the world sends just one (real!) postcard to every other Waldorf school in the world, then 1,100 postcards will arrive in every school! Each school could create a huge display, a “card wall from the world” that everyone can touch and feel, making the Waldorf network a personal reality for many. A million-fold Waldorf greeting from around the globe.

To make the idea work, we will send every Waldorf school a package containing 1,200 blank postcards already bearing all the different school addresses. The back side is empty, so that the pupils can design and decorate themselves and, of course, add the name and address of their school. The whole school community can participate in the process, creating cards that reflect each individual school. Here you can find the booklet that explains more detailed the project “Postcard Exchange”.

We are also setting up a donation fund to help schools with fewer financial resources to cover the price of postage and make it possible for them to participate in the project. We will print, of course, all the cards with environmentally-friendly inks using climate-neutral printing on Blue Angel paper. For realizing this project in a sustainable way, we work together with our eco-friendly printing partner Lokay e.K. and send the postcards via UPS to the world by the end of May.

We are looking forward to reading your comments here, telling us, where the first packages arrived and which schools received the first painted postcards.

A project from

Waldorf 100

Hamburg, Germany

Place:
world-wide
Start:
Spring 2017

Contact:

Waldorf100

Henning Kullak-Ublick

Hamburg, Germany

+49 (0)40 34107699-0

info@waldorf-100.org

29 Comments

  1. prairie adams on 19.09.2017 at 23:22

    Hello!
    We are receiving postcards from people in India and Germany. This is so exciting! Is it too late for us to send cards? Even if we have to make our own cards and address. Do you have a list of schools and addresses?

    1. Svea on 20.09.2017 at 11:26

      Dear Prairie,

      thanks for your interest in the project. We checked with UPS why you didn’t get a parcel and apparently an error occurred while they worked off the big pile. You will receive a spare one as soon as possible.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.

      Your Waldorf 100- Team

  2. Benjamin on 13.09.2017 at 11:06

    Is there any way to track the box of postcards? I'm certain we should have recieved them, and have begun to recieve them from other schools (so exciting).

    Thank you

    Benjamin.

    1. Celia on 19.09.2017 at 12:17

      Dear Benjamin,

      may you tell us please your school name? Then we can try to find out together with UPS, where your box with postcards has gone to.

      Kind regards,
      your Waldorf 100-team

  3. delphine on 29.08.2017 at 07:05

    Hello
    I write from the south of France, in Avignon.
    This is a great idée.
    So far, we haven't received the postcards package, but we have received 2 postcards from Germany!
    Should we worry about the fact we haven't received our postcards to draw on?
    Kind regards

    1. Henning on 30.08.2017 at 11:40

      Dear Delphine,

      we´ll look into it - you should have received a package with postcards.
      Unfortunately, we can only look it up tomorrow, but we´ll be in touch with you soon.

      All the best, Henning

  4. Natasha on 15.08.2017 at 08:51

    Good afternoon!
    Today I learned about this fine project. We - small waldorf school "So-tvoreniye" in Yaroslavl, Russia. We still can join congratulations?

    1. Henning Kullak-Ublick on 15.08.2017 at 09:55

      Dear Natasha, nice to hear from you! The postcards have all been sent away by now. for this we used the World School List, which you can find here: https://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/waldorf-worldwide/waldorf-education/waldorf-world-list/
      Since we printed the addresses of all the schools on the postcards before sending them out, your school might not be included.
      We are sorry for that, but there a numerous activities going on around Waldorf100, and anyone is invited to create own ideas of how to join in.
      All the best to you and your school, Henning

    2. Alexander Pinchuk on 02.09.2017 at 16:39

      Hello, Natasha! I know a girl who studied at your school and I told her about this project and she suggested that your school doesn't take part because you have only 6 students at your school, and obviously they wouldn't be able to sign 1200 cards. There are some extra cards with no address printed on them, so I'll tell our school to sign one card for you:)

      Best regards, Alexander Pinchuk, graduate of the Irkutsk Waldorf School 2017

    3. Natasha on 03.09.2017 at 14:17

      Thanks for your answers!
      Our school will be glad if we receive cards to the address:
      School "So-tvoreniye"
      Ul. 1-ya Shossejnaja, 44-100, 150008 Yaroslavl, Russia

    4. Ms. Gill on 11.09.2017 at 04:20

      Greetings! I am writing from Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, New York. If you are able, could you confirm that cards have been sent to us? Our school is eager to get started! Thank you kindly!

    5. Lisa Hellberg on 12.09.2017 at 14:27

      Dear Ms. Gill,

      We sent out the postcards before summer holidays. Maybe you got a notice of you post office during summertime because we sent it to you P.O.Box? If you can´t find it nowhere we may send out a new package to your physical address.
      Best regards,
      Lisa (Waldorf100-Team)

  5. Sophie Binder on 17.05.2017 at 05:41

    Hi, are all schools included? Or do we have to register? We are in Australia, at Willunga Waldorf School. What do i need to do?
    What a great idea,

    1. Celia Schönstedt on 18.05.2017 at 12:31

      Yes, your school is on the world map, thus you will receive a package with postcards in the next few weeks and you don´t have to do anything for it;-)

      Kind regards
      Celia

  6. Alexander Pinchuk on 08.05.2017 at 16:10

    You said "...and send the postcards via UPS to the world by the end of May." I wonder what UPS is. I tried to Wikipedia it, but it gave a whole bunch of definitions to it. Looking forward to get the cards, thanks for this project. Greetings from Irkutsk, Russia :)

    1. Celia Schönstedt on 08.05.2017 at 17:23

      Here you can find more information;-) https://www.ups.com/?Site=Corporate&cookie=ru_ru_home&setCookie=yes

    2. Alexander Pinchuk on 09.05.2017 at 08:38

      Oh, Vielen Dank :)

  7. Brenda McCoy on 01.05.2017 at 20:39

    Our school had been planning on designing our own postcards with images from our school and farm. Would this still be possible, and could we just get a mailing list or labels?

    1. Celia Schönstedt on 05.05.2017 at 15:49

      Dear Brenda,

      the postcards that your school is going to receive soon are made for being designed by your pupils, with images of your school, farm and whatever you want. Besides, on all the 1,200 postcards will be printed the right address already, thus you don´t have to think about labels or anything else, okay?

      Kind regards,
      Celia

  8. Farzanahbemat on 28.04.2017 at 08:10

    Hi I AMA parent at Michael oak Waldorf Cape Town.
    I'm interested about the project and would like to be part of it.

    1. Celia Schönstedt on 05.05.2017 at 15:55

      Dear Farzanahbemat,

      don´t worry, you will be part of it! As your school is going to receive the 1,200 postcards in some weeks, all of you, but especially the pupils, are asked to design and resend the postcards to all the other Waldorf Schools in the world.

      Kind regards,
      Celia

  9. Val Rocha on 24.04.2017 at 19:50

    I am Val Rocha, mother and member of the Consultive Concil of Waldorf Santos School, in Santos - Sao Paulo - Brazil, and I am delighted to say that I would like to join this beautiful project!

  10. Kate Andrews on 11.04.2017 at 16:25

    That sounds great Celia,
    We are hosting the SWSF Easter conference in the UK and many schools participating would like to be involved.
    Please will you send us packs too!

    Many thanks
    Kate Andrews
    Steiner Academy Hereford

    1. Celia Schönstedt on 05.05.2017 at 16:11

      Dear Kate,

      yes of course you are going to receive a pack of postcards. They are just printed now, so you only have to wait a short moment;-)

      Kind regards
      Celia

  11. Van Geet Sonia on 15.03.2017 at 22:51

    Wonderfull idea!

    1. Andrea McKenzie on 05.04.2017 at 05:36

      Greetings,

      I am a grade three teacher at Vancouver Waldorf School in British Columbia. I am interested in knowing more about the post card project.
      Thanks!
      Andrea McKenzie

    2. Celia Schönstedt on 11.04.2017 at 13:46

      Dear Andrea McKenzie,

      soon you will receive more detailed information about the project, as there will be sent 1200 postcards to your school, containing as well a booklet with the explanation how it works.
      Greetings from Hamburg,
      Celia

    3. Annabel on 25.04.2017 at 13:29

      Dear Celia

      Did this project ever happen? I dont recall our school Imhoff Waldorf School, Kommetjie in Cape Town South Africa taking part or receiving postcards. I will ask our teachers - as a parent i may have missed it!

      Wonderful idea and a great idea for future school activities .....

      Thank You !

    4. Celia Schönstedt on 05.05.2017 at 16:00

      Dear Annabel,

      at the moment the 1,200 postcards are printed for afterwards being sent to all the Waldorf Schools in the world. Your school will receive a package as well, so be patient please, looking forward to it;-)

      Many greetings from Hamburg,
      Celia

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