Reach the World

COVID-19 Response & Resources

Reach the World has been a leader in the virtual exchange field for more than 20 years, and we want to support you and your community as we all transition to widespread virtual learning. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing free virtual learning lesson plans, hosting video conferencing tutorials, and sharing curated lists of resources for educators and parents.

Professional development for educators

Are you currently trying to figure out the best ways to connect virtually with your students? We want to help! This collection of free, 30-minute tutorials is designed to help you build your confidence with at-home learning technology and share best practices from educator-leaders in the RTW community. Join a live professional development session or access any of the session recordings on demand at Reach the World’s YouTube channel. Have an idea for a professional developed session? Let us know at

Session #1: Scheduling and Preparing for a Video Call
Join LIVE on Monday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST — Register here!

Session #2: Moderating a Video Call
Join LIVE on Tuesday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m. EST — Register here!

Session #3: Learning from Virtual Exchange Journeys
Join LIVE on Thursday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. EST — Register here!

Session #4: Teacher Feature: Christina Mesk, 5th-Grade, P.S. 1, Brooklyn, New York
Join LIVE on Monday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. EST — Register here!

Join an open virtual exchange journey!

Are you going a little stir-crazy at home? Now’s the perfect time to embark on a virtual adventure with Reach the World! Each of these kid-friendly journeys follows the experiences of a stand-out Reach the World traveler as they dive head-first into an exciting new country and culture. Read about a traveler’s journey and then sign-up to meet your traveler in-person on a video call! All video calls with these travelers will be livestreamed on Reach the World’s YouTube channel. Simply refresh that page at the time of the scheduled call, and you’ll be able to join the fun! Read the traveler’s published journey beforehand and then ask them your questions via the YouTube chat bar.

Ready for an adventure? Go on a virtual expedition!

Looking to go way off the beaten path and expand your students’ curiosity towards our big, beautiful world? You can join any of these on-demand expedition exchanges, representing some of the most fascinating adventures we’ve gone on to-date. Each expedition includes many kid-friendly articles covering every aspect of in-the-field research and exploration. Students can get to know these explorers through their first-person stories, and then watch recorded video calls with the explorers themselves!

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