OUR MODEL

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 through  global, virtual 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 and exploration with the youth of today, who will be the decision-makers of tomorrow.

TRAVELER RECRUITMENT

We recruit volunteer travelers who are studying, working or exploring abroad through our dedicated partner organizations.

CLASSROOM MATCHING

We match each classroom with its own traveler, taking into account educator preferences, learning objectives and class demographics.

VIRTUAL EXCHANGE

Travelers share rich, tailored content with their classrooms and engage students directly through live video conferences and shared projects.

OUTCOMES MEASUREMENT

At the end of each cycle, educators track their students’ outcomes in geographic literacy, cultural competency and self-efficacy via our easy-to-use surveys and rubrics.

OUR IMPACT

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 30,000 youth, 1,600 travelers, and 1,000 volunteers. Together, our community has created more than 20,000 primary-source travel stories, chronicling daily life around the globe.

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CLASSROOMS TO BE SERVED

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TRAVELERS TO ENLIST, TRAIN AND DEPLOY

300

VOLUNTEER MENTORS TO ENGAGE

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TRAVEL STORIES TO BE SHARED ONLINE

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STAFF ON THE TEAM

YOUTH

Youth who participate in Reach the World’s programs 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.

93%

of our middle school students express interest in attending college one day, like their traveler

81%

of students express interest in studying or working abroad one day, like their traveler

75%

of our elementary school students achieve statistically significant improvement in core geographic literacy

TRAVELERS

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.

78%

reported that their RTW participation helped them connect with and learn from the local community in their abroad location

89%

reported that their RTW participation complemented their college major and supported their career aspirations

85%

reported that their RTW participation helped them build specific career skills

95%

reported that their RTW participation helped them reflect upon and process their abroad experience

86%

reported that they meaningfully contributed to their matched classroom through their RTW participation

VOLUNTEERS

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.

84%

reported that they positively contributed to their travelers’ journeys

66%

reported that they made a positive difference in their travelers’ lives

48%

reported that they developed new professional skills

87%

reported that serving Reach the World was a positive and meaningful personal experience

“From my own experience, coupled with the experiences of my classroom’s Reach the World travelers, I can pass on to my students a new, different perspective of the world around them.”

RTW EDUCATOR

“[Reach the World] became a form of personal reflection that allowed me to critically analyze my new surroundings.”

RTW TRAVELER

“Thanks to Reach the World I now feel that one day I will travel around the world.”

RTW STUDENT

“The change in perspective – looking at the world through the eyes of someone experiencing life in a very different way and for the very first time – makes for interesting and thought-provoking reading.”

RTW VOLUNTEER EDITOR

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