How do Students Connect?
World Connect harnesses our international development work as an educational platform for Americans to promote global awareness, enhance cross-cultural communication and understanding, and inspire students to believe that they can change the world.
World Connect has worked with more than 20 school and program partners in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Washington, D.C., Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, and Rhode Island. Participating students pick a region of the world and specific projects and then coordinate with World Connect staff to explore these interest areas in creative ways. In the process, students develop a greater understanding of geography, languages, culture and socio-economic issues, as well as a deep appreciation for core philanthropic principles.
Students gain meaningful and hands on experience by participating in World Connect’s grant making process and project evaluation. They report that participating in World Connect’s education program has increased their knowledge of the developing world, their desire to lead lives of service, and the feeling that they can do something to address global challenges.
Students at Spence raised funds for a wind energy project in Kenya. The girls in the school in Kenya benefited from the funds raised in the U.S. and the girls in the U.S. benefited from learning about the issues facing developing countries.