Building relationships across cultures is vital to creating a more peaceful and just world. When people from diverse cultures and backgrounds know and understand one another—and gain the skills they need to contribute as citizens and leaders—they form the global partnerships that undergird global security, economic stability, and tolerance.
World Learning offers dozens of exchange programs each year, empowering people from more than 150 countries at all points in their careers and academic lives. Our professional exchanges include networking opportunities with U.S. and international counterparts, site visits, and industry and community discussions; our academic exchanges place international students in U.S. colleges and universities to strengthen their leadership and career skills; and our youth programs teach young people about leadership, current affairs, and peacebuilding. These exchanges promote tolerance, empathy, and respect, as well as foster a deeper understanding of U.S. values and culture.
Building on our decades of experience, World Learning also creates custom professional exchanges designed to help participants build their global networks and gain knowledge to succeed on an international level. We work with professional associations to develop an agenda that addresses their needs, ensuring that the exchange is relevant to their members’ professional development.
Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our People-to-People Exchange programming or check out our Theory of Change for an even more detailed look at what sets us apart.
Global education is the linchpin of progress. Yet nearly 20 percent of the world’s school-aged children will not reach fourth grade. Another 20 percent will fail to learn basic skills like literacy and numeracy. High dropout and repetition rates, in combination with other obstacles—such as poverty, conflict, gender inequality, language, and disability—compound this problem. And while higher education is often viewed as the surest path out of poverty and to a better life, many universities lack the ability to train students in skills essential to the 21st century workforce.
World Learning believes everyone has the right to a high-quality education. We help make that vision a reality through our cutting-edge global education programming tailored to each country and context. In our Basic Education programming, we strengthen four key players —teachers, administrators, government, and community—so they can pursue lasting change to the educational system together. We work with higher education systems and individual institutions, too, as they seek to improve lives and generate thought leadership for their countries.
Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our Global Education programming. You can also check out our Basic Education Theory of Change.
Strengthening a society’s institutions strengthens society itself. World Learning believes institutions work best when they fulfill their missions strategically, connect with key allies, and expand to serve a broader constituency. When institutions are strong, they not only serve their communities but drive meaningful change at the local, national, and international level.
World Learning realizes this vision by recognizing the organizations with which we work as partners. They are passionate advocates striving to engage more effectively with society. We work beside them as they set the ground for change internally, define the changes they need to make, develop a plan to achieve that change, and put their plans into action. Over time, our partners shift their organizational culture toward continuous improvement, strategically pursuing their missions and adapting to changing environments and positively affecting the system and communities within which they operate.
Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our institutional strengthening programs or check out our Theory of Change for an even more detailed look at what sets us apart.
Societies and economies are stronger when each person contributes to individual and community prosperity. Yet 25 percent of global youth aged 15-29 are not in education, employment, or training. And, in many places, adults are out of work simply because their skills do not match the available opportunities. Educational systems are failing them.
Youth workforce development and entrepreneurship programs build a more promising future by training youth and adults in the skills essential to the 21st century workplace, encouraging them to respond constructively to community needs and opportunities, and ultimately helping them find or create decent work. World Learning realizes that vision through our proven expertise in six core programmatic areas: career center development through our signature WorkLinks approach, STEM education, industry and professional study tours, training in hard and soft skills, civic engagement and social enterprise, and English for the workplace. As people pursue that path into the workforce, we all prosper.
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WorkLinks Skills and Values Assessment (WLSVA)
World Learning offers a validated assessment tool, the WorkLinks Skills and Values Assessment (WLSVA), to measure individual- and group-level change over time among youth and young adults in soft skills, earning skills, and certain civic values. To access this tool and use it with your own programs, please visit the WorkLinks Skills and Values Assessment(WLSVA) page.
Program Research and Reports
Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our Youth Workforce and Entrepreneurship programming or check out our Theory of Change for an even more detailed look at what sets us apart.
People are their own greatest champions. World Learning believes society is stronger when people can influence the life of their communities, stand up for their fundamental rights, and hold their government accountable.
Civic engagement is most effective when it takes place within a system that encourages collaboration between government and a country’s people. In such a system: Individuals understand their rights and responsibilities. Civil society mobilizes people, advocates for progress, and works with stakeholders to implement solutions. Stakeholders form coalitions and communicate with their government to promote change. Government is responsive to constituents, while laws and policies promote freedom and access to information.
World Learning’s civic engagement programming cultivates emerging leaders and engaged youth, provides civic education and skills building, connects activists across borders, strengthens the internal performance of civil society organizations, and provides sub-grants to local groups to take direct action.
Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our civic engagement programs or check out our Theory of Change for an even more detailed look at what sets us apart.
English is increasingly vital to success in higher education and the 21st-century workplace. It is the de facto language of global business, academia, and travel. It accounts for about 85 percent of internet content and 90 percent of peer-reviewed science research journals. Simply put, English opens doors to better opportunities, new possibilities, and diverse cultures.
World Learning helps open those doors through our TESOL teacher training. We believe that when teachers are better educated and better equipped, they are better positioned to motivate and empower their students in their language learning. Our comprehensive array of programming includes intensive and customized training courses, leadership building, professional development for teachers, and educational system strengthening.
Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our TESOL programming or check out our Theory of Change for an even more detailed look at what sets us apart.