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A free Student to World online course from Global Nomads Group


Learn about the relationship between sports, being our best selves, and how sports have been used to celebrate the best of everybody.

Explore the meaning of sports in local communities, the opportunities and costs of participating in sports, and how racism, classism, sexism and ableism play into people’s experiences of sports in a global context. With unique features including personal video testimonials and tips for taking concrete action, youth learn about how sports shape our lives, cultures, and opportunities.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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Who Should Register

Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants


Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

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Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

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Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Best Self

Explore and share stories about the relationship between sports and one’s sense of self.

Module 2: Everyday Local Adrenaline

Explore and share stories about the societal values reflected in sports, how local communities react to sports and how that reaction shapes their own relationship to sports.

Module 3: Everyday Global Competition

Explore and share stories about how sports serve as a microcosm of society, noting the social dynamics reflected in sports and society. Learn about social movements that have been advanced globally in the world of sports and how sports can be further used as a platform for social justice.

Module 4: Everyday Action

Explore and design action plans on how they can help create a sports culture that is more just and inclusive.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine one’s personal relationship with sports and athletics
  • Understand the positive and negative impacts that sports can have on individuals around the world
  • Explore sports as a microcosm of society
  • Explore the expectations placed on student athletes
  • Reflect on the ways that some groups of people are excluded from sports.
  • Consider the role of gender, race, and ability/disability status in sports.
  • Explore and design action plans to help create a sports culture that is more inclusive and just.

Standards Alignments

English Language Arts Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3: Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3: Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals


CASEL Social & Emotional Learning

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making


Asia Society Global Competencies

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action


21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

Join Student to World


Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

Take a course on your own.

Already have an account?