Global competency creates opportunities –
but its absence holds students – and our global community – back.
"Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together… their common humanity is revealed."
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
Poverty is not only about a lack of basic resources.
It is also linked to the impoverishment of relationships outside of one’s immediate community.
All youth need a global network to help them activate their own global journeys through work and life. All schools need to prepare students for a world where global collaboration and cooperation is the norm. Combating the ignorance that breeds fear and intolerance begins with young people.
Reach the World transforms the energy of travelers into a learning resource for K-12 classrooms. Our programs use the web, messaging and video conferencing to connect youth with travelers in one-on-one global, digital exchanges. Our nationwide network of educators, travelers and volunteers are building a more thoughtful and welcoming society by sharing the eye-opening benefits of travel with the youth of today, who will be the decision-makers of tomorrow.
Reach the World is inspiring youth to become curious, confident global citizens.
Each year, Reach the World connects hundreds of travelers with hundreds of classrooms in one-on-one global digital exchanges.
Since 2009, Reach the World has served more than 17,000 youth, 900 travelers and 500 volunteers. Together, our community has created more than 16,000 primary-source travel stories, chronicling daily life around the globe.
OUR 2016 - 2017 JOURNEY
CLASSROOMS TO BE SERVED
TRAVELERS TO ENLIST, TRAIN AND DEPLOY
VOLUNTEER MENTORS TO ENGAGE
TRAVEL STORIES TO BE SHARED ONLINE
STAFF ON THE TEAM
Reach the World’s youth show advancements in self-efficacy, geographic literacy, interest in learning a foreign language, ability to connect schoolwork to future career pathways and empathy for foreign countries and cultures.
of our middle school students express interest in attending college one day, like their traveler
of students express interest in studying or working abroad one day, like their traveler
of our elementary school students achieve statistically significant improvement in core geographic literacy
increase in value placed on learning a new language by our elementary school students
Reach the World’s travelers reflect deeply, continuously and purposefully during their journeys; engage in meaningful service; develop project management, networking and composition skills; and connect their journeys to future career pathways.
reported that their RTW participation helped them connect with and learn from the local community in their abroad location
reported that their RTW participation complemented their college major and supported their career aspirations
reported that their RTW participation helped them build specific career skills
Reach the World’s volunteers leverage professional skills and develop new ones; have positive personal experiences; and support their travelers as editors, hosts and mentors.
reported that they positively contributed to their travelers’ journeys
reported that they made a positive difference in their travelers’ lives
reported that they developed new professional skills