Global Education Coalition NYC

The Global Education Coalition is a network of NYC-based organizations whose primary objective is to support educators in the New York metropolitan area in creating globally competent youth for tomorrow's future.

Reach the World

222 Broadway, 21st Floor

New York, NY 10038


Organizational Mission

Reach the World (RTW) makes the benefits of travel accessible to K-12 classrooms in the United States, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Enabled by our digital platform, classrooms and college student travelers explore the world together.

Reach the World’s vision is to build a pipeline of globally-competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community. RTW’s mission is to build, deploy and evaluate a set of global education and mentoring programs that engage disadvantaged students throughout the K-16 academic years. Since 1998, RTW has been a leader in the effort to ensure that all students are prepared to participate, interact and thrive in today’s global community and economy. The program is headquartered in New York City. In 2006, the National Geographic Society Education Foundation named RTW a Model Program in Geography Education.

Reach the World also aims to redesign geography education for the 21st Century through its GeoGames curriculum. GeoGames is a family of geography learning games originally funded by the National Geographic Society Education Foundation and based on research by Dr. Susan Lowes at Teachers College, Columbia University. GeoGames won the Travelocity GENIP Award for Excellence in Geography Education, a national honor.

Geographic Location for Services
National; International

Target Populations
Elementary, middle and high school students in the U.S.
College-aged travelers studying and working internationally
College-aged students based in NYC seeking internship opportunities

Formal/Informal Education

Programming is standards-aligned and designed to enhance, rather than replace, educators’ curricular objectives.

Full-service staff support for school day, afterschool, and summer school/camp through our virtual exchange platform.

On-site staff support (NYC only).

Educational Services

Global Journeys: Reach the World provides a platform to connect college-aged travelers with partner classrooms in the United States through a 1:1 match. Travelers are selected through a competitive application process and correspond with a classroom for approximately three months. Reach the World places an emphasis on matching travelers with classrooms where there is an alignment of both interest and geography so that when the travelers return, they can visit their students in person. Today, most travelers are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Study Abroad Scholarship or the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant.

Geography Teaching and Assessment Tools: Reach the World’s traveler content is free and available on the Journeys page of the RTW website. All RTW partner classrooms are supported in the use of geographic tools such as GeoGames to improve students’ skills in geography. For non-RTW partners, information on how to teach and assess core geographic literacy is available on the website. Workshops on geographic cognitive development and assessing core geographic literacy are available upon request.

Teacher Professional Development: Reach the World offers professional development workshops on-site and virtually for educators working in the school day and after school environments. Topics include (but are not limited to): Virtual Exchange Programs, Cognitive Development in Geography, Best Practices in Education Technology, Near-Age Mentoring for Youth, Curriculum Development and a Global Lens, and many others.

Online Program: Using Reach the World’s innovative virtual exchange platform, partner classrooms are matched with their very own college-aged traveler to serve as both a near-age mentor and a guide to the locale where they live, study, and work. Open to teachers and classrooms throughout the United States, each partner educator receives online training, access to digital resources, online support from the RTW program experts and curated, edited content from their matched traveler specific to their classroom and teaching discipline.

Full Service Program: Teachers who are based in any of New York City’s five boroughs have access to Reach the World’s full-service programming. The full program includes all of the resources and support available in the Online Program along with the in-person support of the Reach the World team. Additionally, a college-aged intern is hired and trained to assist teachers and after-school site providers with the implementation of the RTW program in their classroom.

Designed to support up to four teachers in a Title 1 school, the full program matches participating teachers with one traveler for a semester or a year-long journey. A RTW graduate student intern is trained to assist teachers with the implementation of the RTW program in their classroom, offering technical support and guidance in interdisciplinary project planning by visiting the classroom and working directly with teachers for 12 weeks or a full school year. (NYC-only)

Social Media:

Christopher Ahearn
Director of Partnerships

Caela Murphy
Program Manager


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