We live in an increasingly interconnected world.
With the connectivity of the internet, the low cost of air travel, and international business on the rise; what happens in other countries greatly impacts what happens in America. Having an understanding of the world and a respect for all people and their cultures is important.
We call this being a global citizen.
This month, a few girls from all over the world share why it’s important to be a global citizen. They talk about their own journeys to learn about the world and the steps they took to get there. We hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us.
What does it mean to be a global citizen?
Why is it important to be a global citizen?
Do you know of any global citizens? What makes them a good global citizen?
Is it possible to be a global citizen without traveling to another country? How?
Become An Expert. Choose a country that you would like to learn more about. First, research that country. What continent is it on? What language do they speak? What are some typical foods from that country? What does their flag look like? Present what you learn to your troop on a poster, PowerPoint, or through a song. Get creative!
Learn the Lingo. One of the best ways to truly understand a different country is to learn their language. A simple “hello” in the native language can go far. Pick a region that interests you. What language do they speak there? Swahili? Arabic? Thai? Learn how to say hello, please, thank you, and how to introduce yourself. Share what you learn with your troop and try to meet someone that speaks that language!
Dance Party. Many different cultures have their own unique, traditional dances. Research these different dances on YouTube and see if you can pick up on a few steps. (And yes, it’s totally okay to look silly doing it.)
Jam Out. Research music from a country that interests you. How is it similar to the music you already listen to? How is it different? Share your favorite song you find with your troop.
What can YOU do today to make a difference? The answers to many of the world's challenges lie in you. What can you do to help the girls around you and the girls around the world? Give a presentation to your class? Start a conversation on social media? Host a fundraiser? Whether you do something big or small, YOU can make a difference.
Extra Resources: Learn Even More
- Around the World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List
- 10 Steps to Become a Global Citizen
- We are totally obsessed with the language learning app, Duolingo. MGA's Founder, Sara Johnson, is currently using it to learn Spanish after her visit to Mexico.
- 10 Tips And Tricks To Learn Any Language
- Learn how to get your passport here!
- Research restaurants in your area and find one that serves authentic food from a country that you would like to visit.
- Do you have an interest in studying abroad? Check out these awesome resources! These programs are completely sponsored and paid for by the US Department of State (AKA, they’re free to participate). This school is for girls only and class takes place all over the world.