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ORGANIZATION: Reach the World

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Reach the World is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident and compassionate global citizens.

Since 1998, Reach the World 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. Reach the World does this by matching K-12 classrooms in under-resourced communities with volunteer travelers studying or working abroad. Enabled by Reach the World’s virtual exchange platform, students and travelers explore the world together.

This year’s Annual Benefit will feature a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner, and award ceremony. This year, the ceremony will recognize the Endurance22 Expedition for their commitment to storytelling and exploration during their recent journey to Antarctica to search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, Endurance. There will also be an exclusive fireside chat with the expedition's leaders. The attendance is expected to be about 175-200 professionals who will join in person that evening as well as many others who will bid on the silent auction prizes online. All participants will share an interest in travel, global affairs, and education.

The success of Reach the World's events are dependent on the volunteer Benefit Committee members whose work makes each event possible. Volunteering for RTW is a substantive way to gain event experience, network with other professionals, and give back to a good cause.

The most important fundraising activity at the event will be the auction. This year, the benefit committee’s goal is to raise 60 prizes for the silent auction. The committee will meet virtually once a week leading up to the event in the evenings on weekdays.

Thank you for your volunteer spirit and desire to help ensure that all youth have access to global experiences that prepare them for college and careers in the 21st Century!

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About Reach the World


222 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10007, US

Mission Statement

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 mentoring programs that reach and engage disadvantaged students throughout the K-16 academic cycle. 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. To date, RTW’s global competence programs have served more than 15,000 students and 600 teachers. The program is headquartered in New York City. The National Geographic Society Education Foundation named RTW a Model Program in Geography Education.


Reach the World transforms the energy of volunteer world travelers into a mentoring and teaching resource for disadvantaged youth. RTW selects and trains a corps of volunteer travel correspondents each semester. RTW then makes one-on-one matches between these travel correspondents and classrooms in disadvantaged public school, afterschool and summer school sites. Through a highly structured, Standards-based program of web-based journalism, videoconferencing and collaborative project-making, RTW students go on virtual journeys with their global mentors and expand their worldview in the process. RTW also delivers technology and curricular support via classroom assistants drawn from partners such as Teachers College, Columbia University.

Most of Reach the World’s travel correspondents are college students on study abroad programs around the world. In 2009, RTW began partnering with the Institute of International Education’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to engage a select group of its study-abroad scholars as volunteer correspondents for the RTW website. The Gilman Program offers awards for study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. RTW also partners with the Fulbright Program. In the future, RTW envisions working with other college and university partners that share RTW’s commitment to community service and international exchange.

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.

Have you traveled? Has anyone shared their travel stories with you? Has this affected your worldview? If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then you understand the mission of Reach the World. RTW is capitalizing upon an existing energy in our society - travelers - and turning it into an educational resource for all children and teachers. Through Reach the World, the age-old tradition of traveling and sharing stories makes the leap into the digital age - and for once, disadvantaged students are along for the ride.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, International


Mon Jun 13, 2022 - Wed Jul 20, 2022


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


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