Reach the World
Reach the World makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Enabled by our digital platform, classrooms and college student travelers explore the world together.
Reach the World’s programs transform the energy of college study-abroad travelers into a resource for the classroom. Through RTW, educators select a college student to travel with online for a semester. Educators select travelers whose majors, background and personal interests are a close fit for their curriculums and their students. Then, students go on virtual journeys with their travelers for a semester – and expand their worldview, skills and aspirations in the process.
Through the connection with these travelers – real mentors that students come to know – deep and real seeds are planted. An "I can do this, too" spirit is born. RTW students come to know that college is a given; that there is funding to help them attend; and that study abroad is a worthy, exciting and achievable goal that can propel them forward for the rest of their lives.
Have you traveled? Has anyone shared their travel stories with you? Has this affected your worldview? If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions, then you understand the mission of Reach the World. RTW offers educators the chance to look beyond the textbook, view their curriculum through a global lens, and take their students on the road!
Reach the World’s website also hosts GeoGames, a set of interactive online games that teach core geographic literacy. GeoGames is based on a multi-year geography research study by RTW and researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University. GeoGames won the Travelocity GENIP Award for Excellence in Geography Education, a national honor.