If we use technology and innovative pedagogy to connect and guide young people to engage in meaningful dialogue, they will make new discoveries: not only about each other, but also about themselves, their communities, and their ability to take action on the issues—local, national, and international––that affect their lives.

Ultimately, these connections will result in a network of global citizens who have the skills and disposition to change the world for the better.







As we grow, we are committed to working with schools and districts to ensure that our evaluations address

not only our own organizational goals, but also those of our funders and participants.


Empathy, or the ability to explore and understand other perspectives.

Global awareness & familiarity with important issues and how they affect one’s community.

Taking action, how many students have disposition to lead positive change in their communities, local or global?

21st century skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.



1,000,000 +

students & educators reached


countries connected


continents explored


of educators say that students increase enthusiasm in contributing to positive change in their communities


of educators report that students made substantial gains in global awareness


of educators say that students developed their digital literacy skills


In 2003, against all odds and under Saddam Hussein's leadership, Global Nomads Group (GNG) sent a team to Iraq. The goal was to establish a real-time dialogue between teens in Connecticut and Iraq. GNG received special permission to make this historical cross-cultural connection -- two weeks later the two countries went to war. Not only was a dialogue established between the youth, but relationships beyond politics were built and withstood the war, all established through technology. Just weeks after the Bush administration declared an end to major combat in Iraq, the GNG team returned. At this point, teens on both sides had a chance to deepen their connections. The Iraqi teens spoke more freely about their lives and experiences during the war. The American teens shared their post-war perspectives and gained insight into the war from their peers' point of view. Ten years later, in March of 2013, the two groups met again, this time, in person, in New York City. Now as academics, doctors, teachers, parents and more, these young adults commemorated this monumental event, discussed and explored the changes that have occurred in their lives, in Iraq, in the US, as well as the world.

How Syrian Refugees Transformed a South L.A. School — from 7,500 Miles Away

In April 2015, Global Nomads Group connected Syrian and Jordanian youth in Amman, Jordan with peers in South Los Angeles, California. Through virtual reality and interactive videoconferences, these students learned firsthand about each other’s lives — and explored how they could take action to transform the challenges in their communities.




GNG has collaborated with Dr. Emile Bruneau, a leading expert on intergroup conflict and neuroscience, on monitoring and evaluating our programs since 2012 when he was serving as a research scientist at the Saxelab of Social Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT. Currently, he is a research associate and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication.