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In the midst of the challenges we all continue to face, there are many positive things to acknowledge as we near the end of 2021. Although nearly one third of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. either closed or were on the brink of closing their doors in 2021, Global One to One is more robust today than it has been in years, thanks to our supporters and funders. Here are some highlights from a remarkable year:

  • Awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers to host a virtual exchange between high school youth in southern Algeria and the U.S. The Youthink program aims to develop critical thinking skills in the context of building intercultural understanding. Weekly online exchanges include posts and videos on culture, traditions, human rights, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Hosted Jóvenes en Acción, a virtual exchange between high school students across Mexico and the U.S. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy Mexico City with funding provided by the U.S. Government, La Secretaría de Educación Pública and private funders, and is administered by World Learning.

  • Continuing our flagship pen pal program with long time partners at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School and Holy Ghost Catholic School in Albuquerque, NM and Kenya Connect in Wamunyu, Kenya and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rajkot, India.

  • Celebrated our 15th anniversary with a virtual event that featured video greetings from partners and supporters across the globe, and a lively discussion with distinguished panelists on the importance of cultural exchange in unifying global communities. Thanks to our supporters the event raised nearly $15,000 to expand our programs.

  • Hired Denise Bucci as Director of International Exchange Programs. Denise worked with Global One to One from 2014 to 2016 and we are thrilled to welcome Denise back to the team. 

 

Our cultural exchange programs provide young leaders with skills they need to thrive in our complex globalized world: Critical thinking, perspective taking, and intercultural understanding. Please help us reach more young leaders in 2022 by donating now. 

Warm wishes for a brighter year ahead!

Sarah Wilkinson

Founding Director

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We had a memorable week with our delegation of leaders empowering women entrepreneurs from Tajikistan who visited New Mexico between October 30th and November 6th. Thank you to program sponsors the Congressional Office for International Leadership and FHI 360 for choosing Global One to One to receive this special delegation as part of the Open World Exchange program.

The focus of this exchange program was women in entrepreneurism. Delegates got to experience the impact of women-owned businesses in U.S. society and in the local economy in their host community of New Mexico. Delegates visited with public and private leaders, and a variety of organizations that support women and entrepreneurship including business incubators, professional associations, mentorship institutions, and cultural institutions.  

We are honored to have been awarded funding by the U.S. Department of State Embassy in Algiers, Algeria to host Youthink, a ground-breaking program that will link high school students in Albuquerque, New Mexico with peers in Ouargla and Béchar, Algeria from  2021 to May 2022. 

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The Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action) Program provides high school students from Mexico with the opportunity to experience an exchange with peers in the United States to build leadership, communication, English language, and community engagement skills. Sponsored by World Learning, Global One to One hosted an in person cohort of Jóvenes in 20219. This year the program was virtual, and we look forward to greet an upcoming cohort in person with a welcoming hug.

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The recording of our 15th Anniversary event, "The Future of Intercultural Exchange: Unifying Global Communities"  is now available on the Global One to One Youtube page.

Our discussions with leaders across the field of intercultural exchange were fascinating, with different perspectives from experts and lived experience in both the public and private sectors. You'll also enjoy seeing short videos from over 20 of our partners across the globe in countries ranging from Uganda to Nepal!

We appreciate every single person who made this event possible. Our network is strong, and we look forward to the next 15 years with you all!
 

ABOUT US

In 2006 our program began as Project PeacePal, an international pen-pal letter exchange, designed to provide youth across the globe with opportunities to directly communicate with each other. Since that time Project PeacePal has grown into the organization now known as Global One to One, and has connected over 18,000 students in 29 countries across the globe. Our unique approach cultivates intercultural understanding and empathy in a way that can only take place when we interact one to one.

In today’s interconnected world successful leaders possess cultural competence skills, value mutuality and empathy, and prioritize collaboration.

 

OUR MISSION

Global One to One builds global competency skills that empower students to be effective young leaders and future changemakers across the globe. 

OUR PROGRAMS

Our flagship international student-to-student communication exchange is based in school classrooms and takes place over the course of an academic year. Students connect with peers in countries across the globe through our online virtual exchange where they develop new insights and deeper understanding of their place in the world, and discover how much we all share in common.

Our international student-to-student communication exchange is based in school classrooms and takes place over the course of an academic year. Students connect with peers in countries across the globe through our online virtual exchange where they develop new insights and deeper understanding of their place in the world, and discover how much we all share in common.

HOSTING

During non-pandemic conditions our Engage One to One program provides opportunities for direct contact to improve crosscultural understanding. This is done by hosting groups from other countries as well as sponsoring activities that engage students in local community issues.

Find out how to become a host family for international visitors here.