Global Nomads




Organization based in the United States
Programs operating in US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand

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Relationship to the public education system

Program curriculum is used in public school classrooms and after school clubs.

Organization’s Vision and Mission

Vision: To enable young people to be citizens of the world.
Mission: To foster dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth.

Brief Description of Program Activities

Global Nomads offers the following programs:

  1. Global Campfire: A virtual exchange program utilizing a project-based curriculum. Students work together with a partner classroom from another country to explore global citizenship by investigating the following question: “How do we, as youth, engage our communities to create positive social change?” As a result, students engage in intercultural dialogue, explore media bias, and build essential leadership skills to take positive action in their local and global communities.

  2. Youth Voices: a video conferencing program that connects classrooms to learn together on civic education, creating positive social change and learning science for sustainable environment.

GNG’s curricula use a “Learn, Act, Reflect” structure, designed to help students work through activities and complete their Global Citizenship Projects:

  • LEARN: Explore relevant curricular topics through activities, while learning about their peers around the world. 
  • ACT: Put their new knowledge and skills into action. Work together to identify a problem in their community and collaborate on possible solutions.
  • REFLECT: Debrief and reflect on their experience, and continue the conversations with their partners.

All of GNG's curricula promote competencies of empathy, communication, ICT literacy, and critical thinking and are aligned to the United States’ Common Core Standards.

Program Content: Intrapersonal Competencies

By exposing students to different lives and cultures of their peers across the globe, the program invites youth to reflect about their own lives and opinions while learning about new topics and ideas, thus fostering metacognition and appreciation for diversity. For example, before video-conferencing, "students use the ‘KHW’ chart to Brainstorm what they know about partner country, how they know it, and what they wish to know.”

Program Content: Interpersonal Competencies

The program aims to foster the interpersonal competencies of perspective taking and communication. Students explore biases and how they are shaped. They reflect upon what they know about their peers and their countries as well as how these ideas take shape before videoconferencing. By creating and implementing action plans to change their local communities, youth develop citizenship competencies through the program.

Program Content: Cognitive Competencies

The program aims to foster the cognitive competencies of ICT literacy, critical thinking and interpretation.

Program Content: Attitudes and Values

The program aims to foster the attitudes and values of appreciation for diversity and empathy.

Program Content: Pedagogy/Active Engagement of Students

The program engages students through active learning. Students are given opportunities to come up with their own answers through research and dialogues with peers. They plan and act to solve problems in their communities that are authentic and relevant.

Reference list

1All information from this table come from GNG's website and phone conversation with GNG Brand Officer, Abigail Finck in May 2016.

Notes prepared by

Vincent Chunhao Qian