Global Connections

Whether I am teaching or traveling, I am building connections. I hope that we can all learn more about each other as people, as citizens of different countries but also as part of one world that inspires all of us to join together. I hope you will choose to get involved and go deeper to learn more about our world. Here are a few places to get started, projects to participate in and books to read to children.

Organizations That Build Connections

AFAR–where travel can take you

This travel media brand inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Look for the award-winning AFAR magazine;, recently named a Top 10 site That Makes Travel Easier; the non profit foundation Learning AFAR; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences

Wandering Educators


A global community of educators sharing travel experiences

Jewish World Watch


A hands on leader in the fight against genocide. Get involved with their solar oven project, school garden project or work in the Congo about Conflict Minerals.

Organizations Especially for Kids:


Roots and Shoots: the Power of Youth is Global!

Project Explorer


The multi-award educational series which provides free, online films and multimedia materials aimed at foster cross-cultural understanding.

Girl Up


Girl Up is unique because it is a “for girls, by girl”campaign, an organization dedicated towards uniting girls to implement change. Supporters are encouraged on the website to give a “High Five” by donating five dollars or more to programs that will provide girls in developing nations with access to basic needs like health services, school supplies, clean water, and m

Books that Inspire


Join Bella as she travels the world, learning about new people and places. Travel with Bella’s mission is to infuse kids ages 3-8 with a love for travel and cultural diversity through books, games and interactive media.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin


2012 Newbery Honor Book, this middle-grade novel is the first book for children about Stalin and Stalinism ever written. Americans, Russians, citizens of the world, young and old, will be drawn into this twist-filled and spell-binding tale and will want to discuss its themes and choices with friends and classmates. To learn more,

Heifer International


Organization that helps and has GREAT books!

If the World were a Village


Welcome to the companion website to David Smith’s If the World Were a Village. This site provides links to additional population and global information, interactive activities for your enjoyment, and updates to the data found in the book