Global Exchange Opportunity for 6th – 9th Grade Educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Global Exchange Opportunity for 6th – 9th Grade Educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

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World Smarts Changemakers joins middle and high school students in Guatemala and the United States for conversational language learning in online collaboration spaces. Students form binational teams and design solutions for real problems, facilitated by classroom teachers trained in WSC’s curriculum focused on UN Sustainable Development Goals, design thinking, and conversations. Throughout the project-based learning experience, participants develop skills such as digital literacy, cross-cultural communication, cooperation, and critical thinking. After each cohort, participants submit projects to the Changemakers Expo, with teams recognized for excellence in collaboration, cross-cultural communication, and innovation at the culminating event.  

World Smarts Changemakers is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is housed at the Aspen Institute and is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. The program is implemented by IREX with partnership from Empresarios por la Educación.  

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About the Stevens Initiative 

The Stevens Initiative is an international movement whose mission is to enhance global understanding by connecting young people through virtual exchange, giving them critical skills for prosperity and encouraging friendships along the way. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Initiative invests in virtual exchange programs; shares research, resources, and promising practices to improve impact; and advocates for broader adoption. Learn more:  

K-12 educators at public schools and charter schools in the Washington DC Metro Area can apply to facilitate a bi-national team.  

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Eligibility requirements 

  • Current 6th – 9th grade educator at a public or charter school in Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia  


Facilitator Responsibilities

The facilitator will:  

  • Incorporate the curriculum in class with approximately 20 students. Curriculum fits well with Dual Language Programs in Spanish and English, Civics, Global Studies, Social Change classes and any subject with a project-based learning focus;

  • Participate in a virtual workshop on implementing the World Smarts Changemakers Curriculum, cross-cultural training, inclusive education strategies, technology implementation, and virtual project-based learning; 

  • Collaborate effectively with their co-facilitator in Guatemala to coach their binational team and complete the challenge milestones together;  

  • Connect with IREX staff on ongoing communications and support;  

  • Manage and implement the team’s virtual and in-person instruction and collaboration throughout the challenge.


Benefits for Facilitators 

  • Technology Support Package; 

  • $500 honorarium upon program completion; 

  • Prototype development funds for team supplies;  

  • Fully developed and bilingual program guides; 

  • Dedicated staff support, including weekly, one-on-one coaching sessions from IREX throughout the challenge; 

  • Certificate of Completion;  

  • Upon successful completion of the program, participants join a network of Stevens Initiative alumni, unlocking opportunities for their continued learning and development including regular newsletters and access to Localized, an online professional development platform;  

  • Skills development in facilitating global citizenship and innovation. 


Timeline and Time Commitment

Facilitators will be expected to contribute 2-4 hours per week to the World Smarts Changemakers program. 

Notification: End of May

July 2024: Orientation (In-Person) 

August 2024:  4-Day Facilitator Training (Virtual) 

September 9, 2024 – November 1, 2024: Virtual Exchange Program 

November 2024: Student Celebration and Community Presentations 


Information Session

Join us for our upcoming information sessions where you will gain insights into the program. Register now to secure your spot! 

Register for Session 1: April 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM EST  

Register for Session 2: April 24, 2024 at 4:00 PM EST 


How to Apply




Application Deadline

May 3, 2024  



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