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Our Programs

travel & summer programs


Global Kids' summer programs build global competancy by informing students about critical foreign policy issues, providing opportunities for travel, and connecting them with international affairs experts and peers worldwide.

Our travel programs happen year-round and are an important component to Global Kids' mission. Prior to trips, students partcicipate in intensive travel institutes where they learn about the history and the current affairs of the country(ies) they are visiting. It is also a time when they might get language lessons and meet with experts who can talk to them about the region.

2016 Peace Boat Trip

Global Kids students traveled to Central America with Peace Boat

Ten Global Kids students from John Adams High School traveled to Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala on Peace Boat for a cutural exchange and youth leadership trip.

Click HERE to read their blog posts.

Click HERE to see photos from the trip on our Flickr page.

Click HERE to read Peace Boat's report on their 2016 summer trip with Global Kids.

Global Kids Middle School SONYC 2016 Summer Camp

New York

In the summer of 2016, Global Kids hosted free summer camps for middle school students at four different NYC locations. Check back in the spring of 2017 to see where we will have our middle school

Global Kids’ U.S. in the World Initiative is an innovative yearlong program that brings thirty New York City high school students to the Council on Foreign Relations for three intensive weeks during the summer, with follow-up peer education during the school year. Students engage in leadership development activities, interact with CFR Fellows and other leading experts on global issues through roundtable discussions, and travel to top international institutions such as the United Nations, the New York Times, and Human Rights Watch. Past guest speakers at the program include Leslie Gelb, Richard Haass, Kambale Musavuli, Isobel Coleman, George Stephanopoulos, and Gideon Rose. The program culminates with a final project designed by the youth to engage hundreds of their peers in dialogue about U.S. foreign policy and international law. Click Here to apply for the 2017 Summer Institute.


Washington, DC and Abroad

The Global Gateways Summer Institute is a six week program that exposes 25 Washington, DC high school students to foreign policy issues, introduces them to a range of international careers, and takes them abroad on an educational and service learning trip. The program begins with a four-week summer institute, where students explore key foreign and domestic policy issues. Following the institute, students either work as interns in Washington-based organizations or travel abroad to conduct service-learning projects. Past Global Gateways groups have traveled to Brazil, Haiti, and Costa Rica. Students learn about the culture, political history, and economic challenges of the countries they are visiting. Upon returning to the U.S., students use media tools to conduct peer education workshops and organize service projects to teach about issues affecting the lives of youth abroad.


Little Rock and Abroad

The GK-AR program is a four-week international affairs and leadership development program. During the first two weeks, participants will explore key concepts in public policy and foreign affairs as well as international career opportunities. In the second half of the program, students will travel abroad for a service-learning trip to Haiti, Costa Rica, or the Dominican Republic. Upon returning to the U.S., each student will design and implement a peer education workshop and service project that educates and inspires their classmates to become active on issues affecting their own community and communities abroad. Additional details about the program structure may be found here.


New York

Over one hundred high school students enrolled in Global Kids’ in-school programs at Transit Tech High School and Wingate Campus High Schools are eligible to participate in this six-week career readiness program, funded by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Students attend weekly career development trainings, receive counseling and support from trained Global Kids staff, and are matched with partner sites around the city for paid employment consisting of up to 25 hours per week. Past GK partner sites include the Brooklyn Supreme Court, the Innocence Project, Village Care and Medgar Evers College.

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