Global Learning’s Goals
- Facilitate opportunities for diverse individuals from around the world to connect and learn from each other across divides of socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, and gender.
- Build multicultural friendships and teamwork based on true understanding, empathy, respect, humility, and peer-to-peer collaboration.
- Unleash the talent, creativity, initiative, and potential of leaders young in age or young in heart by providing extraordinary opportunities to lead, learn, and serve.
- Provide positive role models for children from their local and international communities who inspire lifelong learning, multicultural appreciation, proactive citizenship, and stewardship of the earth.
- Through empowering education, create global citizens who work for peace and justice in their local, national, and international communities.
- Utilize the transformative power of education to alleviate poverty.
- Rethink, reform, and revolutionize education in economically poor communities to better address inequality and injustice.
- Focus on teaching methods. Transform traditional, teacher-centered and oppressive instruction into education that is empowering, student-centered, and democratic.
- Research, design, and employ best practices in education.
- Build life skills that prepare students for today’s global challenges, realities, and opportunities.
- Engage in community-driven, inclusive development that honors the expertise, resources, and leadership of all involved, particularly those who live in communities most directly affected by poverty.
- Diversify the field of international development to ensure people from lower socio-economic classes and those of color have more voice, representation, leadership, and room to apply their knowledge and experience in direct action.
- Provide free or low cost opportunities to travel and collaborate internationally to individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Global Learning’s Operating Philosophies
- All children deserve high quality education.
- Service is a mutual endeavor of giving and receiving.
- Offering service opportunities to college-age leaders recruits bright minds into community-oriented peace and justice work.
- International volunteer opportunities must be financially realistic in order to be feasible for individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
- Partnership, cooperation, unity, and shared leadership are crucial on the path towards equitable and just development.
- Culture is fluid and evolving, rather than static and unchanging. Peaceful and just multicultural interaction between people is possible, despite large discrepancies in geopolitical power, unequal access to resources, and socioeconomic inequality.
- Challenges are opportunities.
- Powerful connection, understanding, and empathy stem from sharing human moments of vulnerability, laughter, struggle, and triumph.