Global Classroom Begins!


On September 27th, two unlikely opponents stepped up to battle.
One- a towering German man with a passion for urban planning. The other- a petite mother of two and an experienced economics professor from Bangladesh. Behind them, a crowd of supporters from more than 17 different countries.

“Rock, paper, scissors, Shoot!”

And Sayera wins!

Sayera from Bangladesh and Tobi from Germany were two of the 44 international students who joined the Fall 2014 Global Classroom training in order to become Global Guides. This year’s group of Global Guides was especially diverse- from over 13 universities, 30 different countries, and a variety of disciplines and majors. They embodied the characteristics and competencies that Global Classroom hopes to communicate to American public school youth- a desire to connect with other cultures, explore different perspectives, and engage with people from other countries in meaningful ways.

Many Global Guides have previous classroom experience or have worked with youth, and were able to bring this previous knowledge to the group. The training included practical tips about presentation and lesson planning, games such as “Rock ,Paper, Scissors”, and icebreaker ideas for engaging American youth. Most importantly, it provided Global Guides with  the opportunity to learn from and practice with one another.

“My favorite part was the practice session, as it taught me about the translatable and practical execution of my ideas” said Madri from India.

Global Guides volunteer in NYC schools and after-schools and share about their culture with American students. They also discuss specific global themes such as Water, Global Citizenship, and Global Careers. While many students shared concerns about speaking about certain themes, by the end of the training, many had started to outline their ideas. Eddie from South Africa designed a class about apartheid in South Africa, while Sayera and Marina talked about natural disasters related to water in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Mariem from Tunisia laughed about the possibility of teaching American students a Tunisian dance.

“Will they think I’m crazy?!” she joked.

A few Global guides have already had the opportunity to put their training into practice, and have led Water-themed Global Classroom workshops at Beacon Afterschool program in the Lower East side. Below is a picture of Fernanda, a global guide from Brazil, who spoke about conservation efforts in Fernando de Noronho, an island off the coast of Brazil. Later, she used her training as an artist to work with students to design their ideal island.

Stay tuned for more updates of our Global Guides in action!