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Welcome Message from Carol Jenkins
For more than 85 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
On my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of those who have joined us in this mission. In Baghdad, we’ve trained more than 2,300 Iraqi youth who are already giving back at home. In London, our partners in the TAAP Initiative strongly believe that we are all responsible to practice inclusion. And in Vermont, our Experiment in International Living and School for International Training participants prove every day that they have the tools and the determination to change the world.
Please join us in our pursuit of a more peaceful and just world.
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What We Do > Our Approach
Our global development and exchange programs prize innovative thinking to meet the many challenges of a complex and high-speed world. Innovation helps us connect with more people in difficult-to-reach communities, create new opportunities for them in a rapidly changing workforce, and find creative solutions to global challenges.
Technology has opened new doors for outreach. Virtual platforms make our services more accessible and relevant to even more people. Not everyone can take advantage of traditional exchange or training programs—travel can be prohibitive for cultural, economic, political, and health-related reasons. Virtual platforms help us bring our programming to them, whether we’re training teachers in English language education or connecting young people to learn about new cultures.
In the 21st-century workforce, it’s critical to leverage technological skills to help people advance and succeed. With the support of private sector partners like Boeing and Cisco, we train our program participants in the technical and STEM skills that help them find and create employment opportunities—and even go on to develop their own world-changing innovations. We also work with corporations to understand the skills they need, and match employers to employees in programs like our Youth Employment Project in Algeria.
But it’s not only technology that drives our innovation. By constantly incorporating new research and ideas into our programming, we remain at the vanguard of international development. We believe it is fundamental to listen to local perspectives from diverse cultures and contexts. Solutions that work in one setting may not fit another, while different projects and regions can inspire new ideas and create new tools. We also regularly evaluate our work to look for better and more efficient ways to pursue our vision of a more peaceful and just world.
Learn more about how innovation enriches our work across our six program areas.