Our present and next generations will be the catalyzers of positive change for our global society and our planet.

The Global Up Americas program equips educators with the tools necessary to develop key 21st century skills in their students to connect and collaborate with people from around the world to build a brighter future.

The Stevens Initiative

The Global Up Americas program is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

OUR IMPACT IN THE AMERICAS

3 000 students

120 classrooms

40 learning hours

3 countries

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WHY GLOBAL COMPETENCE?

  1. Build cultural understanding outside and within your classroom
  2. Enhance cross-cultural awareness and sensibility
  3. Develop power skills to create positive change
  4. Embrace diversity and use it as a unique strength
  5. Strengthen your students’ open-mindedness and leadership skills

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  1. STEP1

    15 hours of teacher training

  2. STEP2_HF

    20 modules

  3. STEP3

    4 virtual sessions

  4. STEP4_HF

    8 weeks

Global Up Americas provides a two-phased robust virtual exchange program for teachers and their students (ages 14-17).

01 Teacher training

Teachers from participant countries will take part in a comprehensive training program on how to teach global competence in the classroom.

02 Expert-led live sessions

Intercultural learning specialists will lead 4 live sessions on topics like: intercultural communication, cultural value dimensions, emotional intelligence, understanding inequalities and taking action.

03 Virtual Exchange program for students

Trained teachers will implement our global competence curriculum in an interconnected, virtual exchange experience with other participating teachers and students.

04 Real-World Case Studies

Insights into real-world challenges and solutions through relevant case studies from diverse industries and cultural contexts.

05 Certificate of Completion

Upon successfully completing the program, schools, teachers and students will receive a certificate of completion and a digital credential, validating their newly acquired intercultural skills.

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PROGRAM TIMELINE

2024

  • JANUARY TO APRIL 2024 – NEXT ROUND OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

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CURRICULUM

INWARD
  1. Roadmap
  2. Learning Styles
  3. Culture & Identity
  4. Leaving your Comfort Zone
  5. Observe Your Context
OUTWARD
  1. When Differences Collide
  2. Empathy & Listening
  3. Stereotypes & Generalizations
  4. Suspending Judgement
  5. Cultural Value Dimensions
  6. Communication Styles
  7. Dealing with Conflict
  8. Polarized Societies
  9. Spiritual Diversity
  10. Understanding Inequality
  11. Microaggressions
FORWARD
  1. 21st Century Skills
  2. Teaching the SDGs
  3. Taking Action
  4. Globally Competent Teaching

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

AFS Colombia

AFS has worked towards intercultural education in Colombia since 1959, accompanying more than 5,000 young people to live experiences abroad, and sharing our culture hosting international participants. We have worked hand in hand with more than 500 educational institutions to develop different programs building a more just and peaceful global world. Currently, close to 200 secondary and higher education institutions are part of Comunidades Educativas Globales is an initiative to access Global Competence training offers, exchange programs and educational initiatives of the AFS worldwide network.

Learn more at www.afs.org.co/alian

AFS México

AFS started in Mexico in 1976, specifically in the state of Oaxaca. Throughout all these years we have impacted thousands of young people with cultural exchange programs that allow Mexican youth to live abroad with a host family and attend a local school. Likewise, AFS Mexico receives international students in Mexico giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture, learn a new language and develop a greater appreciation for cultural diversity. All of this has been achieved thanks to the volunteers and the network of schools and educational institutions we work with, currently more than 450 high schools and universities are working together with AFS Mexico to create spaces for reflection and intercultural learning, as well as participating in trainings offered by AFS.

Learn more at https://www.afs.org.mx/aprendizaje_intercultural

AFS-USA

AFS began as a volunteer ambulance corps created in 1915 and transformed from a wartime humanitarian aid organization into a groundbreaking international secondary school exchange, volunteer, and intercultural learning organization with a bold mission: to build a more peaceful world by promoting understanding among cultures. Beyond hosting more than 1,000 students from 80+ countries around the world and sending numerous U.S. students abroad each year, AFS-USA partners with more than 1100 American high schools to provide them intercultural experiences, professional development, and resources to help them achieve their global missions and to support them in creating active global citizens in their communities.

 Learn more at https://www.afsusa.org/educators/

FAQ

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Any public, private, or parochial secondary school is eligible to participate. Preference will be given to schools with mid-to-high levels of socioeconomic need and/or demonstrate a mid-to-high level of diversity among students. Students must be at least 14 years old to participate.

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