“Global is local and local is global” is a phrase we often hear at Participate Learning. This message, and the sentiment behind it, is at the heart of everything we do. Simply put, this belief is the driving force behind the unique opportunities we present to our partners across our network to bring the world to the classrooms and hallways of their schools.
For the past 30 years, our teachers have integrated into public schools in the United States, acting as ambassadors of their heritage and culture to provide students with opportunities to gain global perspectives and understanding. Read on to discover how our ambassador teachers leave a lasting impact on their students, schools, and local communities in the U.S.
Unique learning environment
The interactions and relationships built between students and our ambassador teachers provide students with a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Imagine walking into your first day of school and hearing an unfamiliar accent or seeing pictures of faraway places you can only hope to one day visit. The excitement and anticipation of learning from an educator who is an ambassador of their country’s culture and language sets the tone to start the school year on a positive note!
Our ambassador teachers are among the most highly qualified educators in the world—they expose students to new perspectives while continuing to teach the standard course of study. They often host exchanges with classrooms from their home countries as well, so that students can build relationships with their peers from different cultures and gain an understanding and appreciation for other parts of the world. These experiences allow students to learn and grow beyond their classroom walls.
Lasting impact on students
By putting learning into new contexts and drawing connections from the curriculum to the world around them, our ambassador teachers are developing students’ intrinsic motivation for learning, which is an invaluable trait at such an impressionable age. Instead of being driven solely by their performance in academics, students are cultivating a love of learning and are excited to gain new knowledge and perspectives.
This motivation for learning also expands into experiences outside of school as students begin to grow into global leaders with critical competencies such as curiosity, empathy, and understanding. This fosters a sense of global connection that empowers students to take responsibility and take action in their local communities.
Building a community of educators
The same empathy that grows in students as a result of our ambassador teachers also has a profound impact on local educators. The school community has the opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices with their ambassador teacher, which creates a supportive environment in which professional development is accessible and inspiring.
We believe that when teachers are able to collaborate and share knowledge, they are supporting their classrooms, schools, and local communities by fostering a sense of support and connection. This can inspire community initiatives that create a ripple effect and make tangible change, making the world a better place for all.
Participate Learning is a force for good that connects teachers and students through comprehensive programs to foster human understanding and create peace around the world. For more information on how you can place an ambassador teacher with Participate Learning in your school or district, check out this webpage or contact us directly.