About Global Classroom

Global Classroom brings the world into K-12 schools!
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One To World’s Global Classroom connects youth with trained, international university scholars, known as Global Guides, to learn about world cultures and workshops and thoughtful discussions that enhance the learning experience for all involved. Through face-to-face interactions and meaningful intercultural exchange with these international leaders of tomorrow, Global Guides, today’s K-12 students develop the skills, awareness, and understanding to become global citizens in their communities, both locally and worldwide.

One To World’s Global Guides bring insights from lived experiences into classrooms based on their own experiences, serve as role models for children and youth, and help program partners, educators, and afterschool coordinators incorporate diverse global perspectives in reaching their curricular goals.

Global Classroom is always interested in building partnerships and community. For more information, head to our Partner page.

Please help us ensure that Global Classroom is available to students and teachers throughout the NYC-area, because every student has the right to a global education!

To enable more schools to participate, One To World subsidizes fees, which cover less than half of our program expenses. We look to your contribution to help match the other half and support the growth and success of this program.

Global Classroom is proud to partner with:

    YMCA of Greater New York | Girls Preparatory Charter School of the Bronx | Girls Preparatory Charter School of the Lower East Side | Grand Street Settlement | PS 189 | Pioneer Academy PS 307 | Harlem Education Activities Fund |

Recent Programs

Global Classroom designs each partner school program with their needs in mind. Our team works with partner administration and educators with intentionality to identify lesson plans that their students will not only benefit from but enjoy.

Global Lives

All grades 

Students investigate the meaning of “culture,” explore their personal cultures, and various cultures from around the world. Global Guides focus their workshops on different cultural topics, such as religion, the arts, games, traditions, and food, as well as their historical origins. Students participate in hands-on activities, such as playing traditional games, learning songs and dances, creating art projects and tasting cultural foods. The program culminates with final projects, in which students explore cultural topics of interest using the arts, literacy and/or digital media.

Pictured: After-School students learn various songs and dances from a Global Guide in Uganda.

At this Bronx after-school program a Global Guide from Uganda led an exciting and personal workshop about his life in Africa and his passion for dance. As he unpacked his bags of drums and bells, the students did not realize that they were going to be part of the show. The Global Guide taught students basic movements using their voices, hands, and feet to make music. He explained that during his childhood he didn’t have toys or TV, so he and other children created their own dances and songs to entertain themselves. Several students, first- or second-generation immigrants from Africa themselves, especially appreciated connecting with someone with a similar background.

Global Citizenship

All grades

Students investigate what it means to be a global citizen in their own community and around the world. Global Guides lead workshops on various global issues, exploring topics such as climate action, Sustainable Development Goals, justice around the world, and unpacking discrimination. Students learn about various global challenges and possible solutions, exploring how these issues are connected on a local, national, and global scale. By participating in stimulating solution-oriented activities and a final project, students are inspired to become active global citizens and create change in their community and the world.

Pictured: An inspirational letter that a NYC student wrote to a North Korean refugee living in NYC after learning about many of the refugees’ hardships from a Global Guide from South Korea.

In this workshop, a Global Guide from  South Korea shared pictures and stories of her hometown, family, and school life with students at a high school in Manhattan. She then spoke about her experience volunteering for an organization that supports North Korean refugees in the U.S., explaining the treacherous obstacles North Koreans encounter when they try to defect to countries such as China, Thailand, and the United States. The students were surprised and disheartened to learn about the difficulties faced by the refugees, and felt compelled to help, even if only in a small way. Taking action as Global Citizens, the students wrote inspirational notes to the refugees, with whom the Global Guide worked directly and who were currently living in NY.

Global Careers

High School

This program connects students with successful international role models pursuing a variety of careers, while cultivating the specific competencies needed to succeed in the global economy. Students develop their cross-cultural communication skills and reflect on their unique skills, passions, and possible career paths. Students employ technology to identify areas of interest, research potential job options, and build portfolios to be used for college and job applications. 

Pictured: Students learn about special needs education by participating in a blind-folded walk with a Global Guide from Germany.

Students learn about special needs education by participating in a blind-folded walk with a Global Guide from Germany. He spoke about his experience studying Special Education and working in different Special Education classrooms, a relatively new concept for many of the Queens high school students. He led an exercise where students had to guide each other blindfolded and using limited communication. The students had fun, but also were able to think about what life would be like if they had disabilities, or were teaching someone with disabilities.

Global Classroom is made possible by our funders:

The Malka Fund, The Nissan Foundation, The Patrina Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation