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Teach English with Authentic Student Voices

Free Online Courses Designed by Students, for Students

Teach English using authentic youth stories about today’s pressing social issues.

Student to World online courses from Global Nomads Group use youth storytelling to bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. These are the perfect way to engage English Language Learners with timely, relevant topics.

Each course provides a topic overview, introduces key concepts and vocabulary, and offers real, impactful stories from other youth course participants around the world.

Youth can enhance the story exchange by sharing their own experiences with their global peers.

These courses are ideal for in-person and virtual classrooms, adult-led youth groups, and individual learners ages 13 to 19.

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Architecture

Understand the cultural and historical significance of built structures, and explore a career that increases sustainability and justice.

Art in Action

Learn how art contributes to social movements and positive change while exploring local and global artistic and cultural expressions.
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Film & Media

How do filter bubbles shape our perceptions of the world? Explore this topic as it relates to representation and identity in social media, film, and journalism.
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Finance

Youth consider ways that finance promote a person’s or country’s financial stability and how the notion of financial stability varies among and within countries, communities, and circumstances.
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Global Hunger

Learn how food waste and loss contribute to global hunger while exploring the meaningful food rituals in local and global communities.
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Human Rights

Learn how people exercise their human rights every day, how to protect marginalized communities, and act with guidance from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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Medicine & Scientific Research

Explore medical systems in various countries, sustainable waste management in medical facilities, and how careers in Medicine and Scientific Research take shape worldwide.
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Mental Health

Learn about the chemicals in the brain, the stigmas associated with mental health, and ways to promote well-being and rewrite the narrative around mental health.
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Ocean Health

Learn how plastic use impacts ocean health through local waste management practices and the impact of individual and collective behaviors.
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Sports

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

Learn how beauty standards and gender roles impact women’s rights and how they are advocated for in your local and global communities.

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Text + Video Formats

Each Student to World course includes both text-based and video-based formats.

Text-based courses are available in English, Arabic, and a growing number of languages.

Video-based courses include American Sign Language interpretation as well as closed captioning in English and Arabic.

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Real Stories From Real Students

Each Student to World course includes a repository of stories from youth participants around the world. Read them and contribute.

Maryam, Youth from Iraq

“When I was a young, my father was very obsessed with listening to music, even he used to play a musical instrument calling the oud, and I used to sit with him to listen to wonderful tune. I inherited the passion for music from my father. Music was taking me on a journey through time to different places that I only visit in my mind. It makes me happier, like a dose of both mental and physical comfortable. Is the only language in the world that is understood through hearing without indoctrination or educationI it calms and soothes the soul and helps to relax. Music in general is a collective art that is not isolated from other aspects of the life of human groups. Hearing music expresses emotions and feelings that language cannot express. And it has an impact on the formation of a balanced, harmonious and personality and the development of creativity and innovation.”

Maryam, Youth from Iraq

“When I was a young, my father was very obsessed with listening to music, even he used to play a musical instrument calling the oud, and I used to sit with him to listen to wonderful tune. I inherited the passion for music from my father. Music was taking me on a journey through time to different places that I only visit in my mind. It makes me happier, like a dose of both mental and physical comfortable. Is the only language in the world that is understood through hearing without indoctrination or educationI it calms and soothes the soul and helps to relax. Music in general is a collective art that is not isolated from other aspects of the life of human groups. Hearing music expresses emotions and feelings that language cannot express. And it has an impact on the formation of a balanced, harmonious and personality and the development of creativity and innovation.”

“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)

Designed by students for students

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.

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Learning goals & standards alignments

Each course includes interactive learning lessons with clear learning goals as well as alignments to recognized international educational standards like the United Nations Sustainable Development GoalsAsia Society Global Competencies21st Century Skills, and CASEL Social & Emotional Learning (links open in new tabs).

“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)

A comprehensive evaluation of student surveys and student stories by Cogent Evaluation found that the Student to World program successfully builds empathy, increases global awareness, promotes collaboration, and improves communications skills.

Privacy, inclusion, safety, and accessibility

Global Nomads Group honors our participants’ privacy, safety, and ability to participate.

All course content is designed to be accessible to a wide range of participants by using alternative text for images and closed captioning and American Sign Language interpretations for videos.

Review our website to learn more about how we protect the privacy of our educators and youth participants, promote an inclusive environment, and strive to make our products accessible to all.

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25 Years of Inspiring Youth Action

Since 1998, Global Nomads Group has offered young people safe platforms through which to express themselves, share their stories, and connect with peers through youth-created online courses, content creation internships, discussion platforms, and events for young people worldwide.

Global Nomads Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All Global Nomads Group courses, internships, events, and conversations are free of charge thanks to the support of our generous donors.