The mission of Carolina Navigators is to provide UNC students with global opportunities on campus, and globally oriented engagement in the community, through our service-learning experience. In addition we aim to make quality resources easily available to K-14 educators to integrate global education into all areas of the curriculum, and to help prepare all North Carolina K-14 students to become informed and effective members of our global community. We support UNC Students and K-14 students to dig deeper into global issues, cultures, and languages, and push them to go on beyond the single story.
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Carolina Navigators provides free global education resources to educators and students from kindergarten to college across North Carolina. The program enriches the education of both UNC and K-16 students through engaged global learning. UNC students participating in our service-learning experience benefit from having the opportunity to share their experiences abroad, while gaining intercultural, technology, and leadership skills. K-16 students and educators benefit from trained virtual student speakers who provide learning beyond the textbook, and authentic culture kits created by students with international expertise. Engagement with resources and our virtual presenters helps students achieve a better understanding of global cultures and events, and it stimulates greater interest in related classroom studies.
Carolina Navigators, a service-learning program at the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is aligned with UNC’s Academic Plan, which prioritizes equity and inclusion and global engagement.