Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey

Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey

A Virtual Exchange Program 2021-2022

Program Overview

Culturingua brings together high school students from its partner schools around the globe to work together to develop a solution for global issues. Through this project-based learning program, students are grouped in small cross-geography teams to create a solution in the form of a social enterprise using a Design Thinking Process that aims to solve a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG).

Using Design Thinking process

Teams will create a Social Enterprise

Solving one of the UNSDGs

During the 2021-2022 school year, Culturingua is connecting American and Arab high school students from Texas and Libya.

United States

Big Ideas

The core concepts and principles of the program are:

1) Entrepreneurial skills are an effective way to solve real-world social problems.

2) Entrepreneurial training supports leadership development.

3) Virtual exchanges improve cross-cultural communication skills.

4) Cultural diversity leads to innovative problem-solving.

This program supports the following 21st Century Skills, with a particular focus on those bolded and underlined:

21st century interdisciplinary themes :

      • Global Awareness

      • Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy

Learning and Innovation Skills:

      • Creativity and Innovation

      • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

      • Communication

      • Collaboration

Information, Media, and Technology Skills:

      • Information Literacy

      • Media Literacy

      • ICT (Information, Communications, and Technology) Literacy

Life and Career Skills

      • Flexibility and Adaptability

      • Initiative and Self-Direction

      • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

      • Productivity and Accountability

      • Leadership and Responsibility

Partners in San Antonio, USA

Sidney Lanier High School, SAISD
Advanced Learning Academy, SAISD

Partners in Benghazi, Libya

THINKCreative Leadership
Benghazi Center for Gifted

Hamzat Wasel Center

How Virtual Exchange helps

Virtual exchange uses technology, curricula, and facilitation to give young people around the world the opportunity to learn and work together. Virtual exchange programs already connect thousands of young people across the United States and around the world, in primary and secondary education as well as in higher education. Educators and other facilitators use a wide variety of tech tools and address many subjects through their programs. Virtual exchange is cost-effective, scalable, and uniquely capable of reaching populations that are not otherwise reached by in-person exchange programs.

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.