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Welcome, Traveler!
Thank you for your interest in working with Reach the World! As a volunteer Reach the World (RTW) traveler, you can amplify the impact of your experiences abroad. Develop your leadership, communication and planning skills as you travel online with K-12 students in the United States--all while building a pipeline of youth prepared to travel abroad, just like you. 
Reach the World has been bringing the world into classrooms for 25 years. To date, more than 1,200 travelers have shared their journeys online with upwards of 22,000 American youth! RTW is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that serves classrooms throughout the U.S. Click to watch a short video documenting RTW’s history.
About the Opportunity
As a Reach the World traveler, you will write about your experiences abroad and post original photos and videos for a classroom of students in the United States. Unlike a personal blog, travelers’ journeys on the RTW platform are structured to easily integrate into a K-12 classroom environment. The average time commitment for a Reach the World traveler is about two to five hours per week.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for a Reach the World virtual exchange, you must be currently abroad OR be planning to spend a minimum of six weeks abroad during the 2023-24 academic year. We are unable to accept virtual study abroad/internship applicants at this time.

If you are accepted and matched with a classroom, you will:
  • Submit 1-2 articles per week (500-750 words each) to the RTW website, as outlined in the journey itinerary designed in partnership with your matched educator (NOTE: Virtual exchange journeys will vary in length, but are typically 6-10 weeks from beginning to end)
  • Work closely with your editorial team to revise submissions where needed
  • Video conference with your classroom 2-3 times during the course of the exchange
  • Communicate weekly with your matched educator
Ready to Apply?
We're excited to hear from you! Please complete the following application to the best of your ability. This is a competitive program. Reach the World will evaluate your application using a scoring rubric to determine which applicants will receive an offer of provisional acceptance pending a classroom match. Click "Next Page" to get started!
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Contact Information

Initial Eligibility

Partner Sources 
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Educational Background

Permanent/Home Mailing Address

Matching Preferences

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We encourage you to draft your responses to the following short-answer questions offline (Microsoft Word, Google Docs or similar) and then cut/paste you final answers into the response fields below. We also highly recommend that you review several of the many published traveler journeys at www.reachtheworld.org for examples. Reach the World evaluates all candidates' writing on the following criteria:
  • Copy-editing: Writing features correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Storytelling: Writing is cohesive and logical and includes an appropriate level of detail
  • Kid-friendly writing style: Writing is personal and demonstrates enthusiasm but is neither too casual (including abbreviations like "lol" or emoji characters) or too formal (including complex language, concepts or theories). Applicant defines advanced or new vocabulary, uses short sentences that are easy to understand, etc.
  • Cultural sensitivity: Applicant presents accurate and objective views of various experiences thoughtfully and without generalizations
  • Thoughtfulness of application: Applicant follows instructions, submits a complete application and demonstrates an understanding of and passion for Reach the World's mission
Short-answer Responses

Traveler Goals

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Professional Opportunities

Social Media

Reach the World recognizes and promotes the best content from travelers online through our various social media channels. Should you become an RTW Traveler, we will use the information below to tag you when we share your articles and media! We encourage all applicants to connect with us through Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to stay up-to-date on Reach the World news.

Extra Credit! Recommend a Teacher
Do you know a K-12 classroom teacher who might want to follow your Reach the World journey? Reach the World actively supports the matching of travelers with classrooms from their local communities for a personal virtual exchange experience.  

Ready to Submit?
Thank you for your interest in the Reach the World Traveler Program! Once you click “Submit” on this page, your application will be complete. Reach the World's editorial staff will carefully review your responses and be in touch shortly. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact travelers@reachtheworld.org.