Global Citizens Network

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Working side by side with my husband and children, helping, reaching out, and learning from people in a culture vastly different from our own together as a family was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. We are already planning our next volunteer vacation.

- Karen

In his first major speech in the Middle East President Obama stated, "There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground."  He went on to emphasize the importance of partnerships around the world, saying, "All these things must be done in partnership.  Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments, community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life."

The president’s message resonates with GCN’s mission for the past 17 years.  Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world. Social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people.  Through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can enhance their ability to make a difference locally and globally.  That cooperative effort includes partnerships, exchanges, team immersion programs (such as GCN’s 10 day – 3 week trips ).

Global Citizens Network promises Host Communities:


  1. Respectful interactions in establishing, maintaining, and concluding a mutual partnership with the Host Community, mindful of local culture and traditions
  2. Teams (usually 6-12 people) who come with a trained leader at the invitation of the Host Community to immerse themselves in local customs and culture, shared work, and mutual learning
  3. Participation in jointly agreed, shared work that is initiated and directed by the community
  4. Ongoing dialogue with the Host Community’s leadership to assess our relationship and ensure that the needs and goals of the Host Community and Global Citizens Network are being addressed

Please consider joining a GCN team today.  Spaces still available on summer 2009, fall 2009 and winter 2010 trips.  For more information visit,

Ambassador Uri Savir, former head of Israeli diplomacy and President, Peres Center for Peace commented,  "President Obama's speech in Cairo is a historical watershed in international relations and in peacemaking.  It is now up to the regional players to make it into a new reality.  It is also an important time for citizen diplomacy to be active in galvanizing support for the President's vision."


Please consider seeking the President's endorsement for a national Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy and Presidential Summit.  Global citizens around the world are encouraged to sign the Center's "Letter to the President" at:

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