LOL Youth Founding Member, New Zealand
Link Online Learners
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Link Online Learners - Where ordinary young lives teach extraordinary lessons globally
HUNDRED'S FIRST BABY - THE WORLD'S FIRST EDUCATION INNOVATION BROUGHT TOGETHER, WHOLLY CREATED AND RUN BY HUNDRED'S OWN GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Until now, education innovations have been created outside of HundrED and then brought into its community. This innovation only exists through the collaboration of HundrED's ambassadors, academy members and innovators in what we believe is a unique first in HundrED's history to meet the needs of the world's young people whatever their circumstances.
What we do?
IMAGINE GAINING THE RICH INSIGHT & LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES OF A 'ONCE-IN-A CHILDHOOD' INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOMESTAY... BUT ON A WEEKLY BASIS AND FOR FREE!
We run global, youth-led online intercultural exchanges each week. These combine all the insights and rich experiences of a student international exchange visit and family homestay - but on a weekly basis, from their own homes and completely free of charge.
GOOD FOR THE PLANET, GOOD FOR HUMANITY
Unlike having to fly miles at great financial and environmental cost all our sessions are available to youth aged 10-18 via their school or independently at no cost whatsoever.
Our content is youth led, chosen by them - one to three months ahead.
Topics range from fun intercultural games and conversations as entry points to member-generated extended international collaborations that foster meaningful understanding as well as deep empathy and unique insight from designing first-hand experiences together.
On the one hand, they are collaborating naturally and internationally in a way many adults in their lives don't. On the other hand they are pioneers in developing deep international interpersonal skills and knowledge.
IMAGINE LEARNING THIS MUCH FROM MAKING CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS AROUND THE WORLD
So far, we've had sessions including:
A live tour of Mecca- A youth commentary on Egypt's moving of its ancient mummies - Postal food exchanges and live video tastings between countries - Local market tours in Vietnam - Backyard tours and chicken feeding in Nigeria - A tuk-tuk tour of Hanoi - A video tour of London's landmarks - A mountain rescue dog live demonstration from the US - A best-selling author interview from the UK - A live lake canoe tour in the US - A series of live international plays scripted, directed and performed by our youth members - An anniversary ball curated and directed by our youth members - International quizzes - Sharing of traditional & grandmothers' recipes Internationally - An international fashion show - Speaking at international youth and education festivals - A tour of New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations - Recording of a studio-quality mix of 'We Are The World' with professional studio technicians and youth -made video - A series of 'ASK ME ANYTHING' published podcasts (entitled 'This Global Life') encapsulating international curiosity and dispelling myths perpetuated by older generations.
These are the kinds of quality interactions that only usually happen in once-in-a-lifetime school foreign exchange trips. We are making them happen four times a week, to create really powerful bonds and genuine friendships between young people from truly diverse countries, belief-systems and lifestyles.
Why we do it?
Our mission is to ensure that the next generation are internationally fluid, empathetic and deeply curious. Our mission is to create a movement of young people very comfortable in interacting, collaborating and developing authentic friendships across cultures, world views and geographical boundaries. We believe that empathetic listening and active engagement with people from places you may never go to will help build a world that appreciates and fiercely defends our shared humanity for generations to come.
Many countries describe their 'special relationship' with other nations, whom they value as trusted friends and allies and would not dream of getting in conflict with.
Link Online Learners has created hundreds of these 'special relationships' and thousands of moments of international empathy that our youth members will take into adulthood and will underpin their view of others in the world.
We believe these are life-changing, opinion-forming moments and we are proud to have created these opportunities.