Who We Are
Global Initiatives, Inc. is a not-for-profit educational organization established in 1996. So far, we have touched the lives of more than 2 million young people around the world.
We develop and distribute educational materials internationally, manage international educational programs and provide management consulting services to non-profits.
Global Initiatives has developed financial literacy and business education programs that have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Hungarian, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
The students live in many different countries and come from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.
Our job is to help them develop some of the skills they will need to start building satisfying and productive careers in big corporations or small businesses.
A particular focus of our work has been opportunities offered by the Travel and Tourism Industry. The industry has a presence in most countries on our planet. Before the COVID pandemic, the industry was responsible for creating about 10 percent of jobs worldwide. As the pandemic comes under control, the industry will once again need well-trained employees and potential employees.
An important part of our success has been involving employers in both local businesses and global corporations in our work.
Global Initiatives, Inc. is based in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
We Believe in Three Big ideas
First, that most young people are filled with positive curiosity and energy, respond to challenges that interest them and find satisfaction in doing things well.
Second, that schools and school systems around the world can learn from each other.
Third, that many young people respond best to learning-by-doing.
What We Do to Support Those Ideas
We design practical, hands-on education programs for use in secondary and tertiary schools by students and their teachers. Some countries have integrated our programs into their national curricula. Some have adapted them to suit their needs. Some are used as supplementary after-school programs.
The programs are designed to first train teachers in how to use our materials so they in turn can help their students develop the skills they will need in their careers. These include practice in researching topics unfamiliar to them; practice in the communications skills essential in today’s economy; practice in working in teams.
For 25 years, Global Initiatives administered a global education program, The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP), which serves some 700,000 students. In 2020 GI orchestrated the program’s move from the USA to London and the establishment of a new charity, GTTP. GI’s president, Dr. Nancy Needham, now serves as an advisor to the GTTP Board of Directors. Courses developed by GI continue to be used by GTTP member schools in fifteen countries.
One popular on-line course developed by GI is “Introduction to Travel & Tourism: Passport to the World,” which is available now on the FutureLearn.com platform, and which will be moved in 2022 to a new GTTP platform.
Who is this course for?
The course is for students who want to have an overview of the Travel & Tourism business, either for choosing a career or to use it as a supplement to their current professional studies. Passport is geographically neutral but it strongly builds on the local experiences of learners. It is particularly useful for those students who are keen to share their own views and experiences and are open to discussions with other fellow participants.
What subjects are covered on the course?
Passport has four modules that are covered in 16 on-line sessions, supplemented by activities:
Each module includes insights into the many different careers you can have in an industry that is both global and local.
The course is developed from the perspective of the customer taking a journey: collecting information, choosing a destination, using means of transport, staying in accommodations, having meals, participating in activities and programs, returning home and sharing their experiences.
What are the learning outcomes for this course?
The approach we use focuses on competencies. Competencies consist of three areas:
The outcomes of this course for the students are:
Our technology partner: Dr. Teresa Piliouras — and her company, Technical Consulting & Research, Inc. — provides our technical support as needed. TCR’s expertise in data mining, data analysis and systems development complements our expertise in content development.
Global Initiatives maintains long term relationships with translators, graphic designers, web designers and IT specialists who work on GI projects as appropriate.
In addition, Global Initiatives works with a global network of experienced academics, consultants and professionals who have retired from their first career and are now putting their expertise to work in the educational and non-profit areas.