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Called to this work

Called to this work

By Christen Higgins Clougherty, Ph.D., Executive Director, Nobis Project Four years ago, on the day after the election, I awoke very early to catch a flight from Savannah to New York City where I was to lead a workshop on Nobis Project’s Social Justice Framework for...

Moving Towards Action – Next Steps for Racial Justice

Moving Towards Action – Next Steps for Racial Justice

By Josiah “Jazz” Watts, Nobis Project facilitator - On February 23rd, 2020, an unarmed Black man was murdered while jogging in a neighborhood local to his home in Brunswick, GA. His name was Ahmaud Arbery and he was a Sapelo Island descendent, a son, a brother, a...

Diaper Mountain – For Parents Who Experience Homelessness

Diaper Mountain – For Parents Who Experience Homelessness

By Alexandra (Alex) Zinnes, MS, RYT, TEFL, Nobis Project Facilitator - Less than a tenth of a miles from our school is Our House http://www.ourhousega.org/, a childcare and support center serving families who experience homelessness.  Everyday, over 80 kids ages 6...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Eight July 20, 2016

By Jenni Arcieri Today the NOBIS World Dominican Republic team of 2016 said our goodbyes, many of us with a tear in our eyes. At breakfast we were joined by Patricia, Mariposa's director, who continued to share stories and plans about the girls at the center. It seems...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Seven July 19, 2016

By Rebecca Timus I can't believe this trip is almost over! This has been an amazing experience for me as an educator, person, and specifically as a woman. Today we went to visit the Mariposa center again to observe the teachers, spend time with the students and to...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Six July 18, 2016

By Krista Moody Today we started the day by heading to the Mariposa Center.  We gathered for a bit and then went on a driving tour of a few schools in Cabarete and a walking tour of Callejón with Tricia.  We were able to visit the private school in the...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Five July 17, 2016

By Jessica Lynch On Day 5 we went on a beautiful boat trip to the Rio Boca river area. The river was named the Yessica River. Prior to getting on the boat, we checked out some of the local trees, plants, and animals. Particularly memorable, the crocodile!! After...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Four July 16, 2016

By Tricia Crowley Today was our day to travel to the country to see Freddie's family cocoa farm. We left the Hummingbird Hotel after breakfast and took the gua-gua to his farm in Rio San Juan - about an hour outside of Cabarete. On the bus with us was a group from the...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Three July 15, 2016

By Meghan Wiemer We woke up and headed down to a homemade breakfast- it was delicious! We began our morning at the Hummingbird Inn, discussing the ins and outs of service learning projects and also discussing class, power, and privilege. After this, we departed the...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day Two July 14, 2016

By Meredith Woodruff The eight of us started our day at the Hummingbird Inn with a fabulous homemade breakfast of fresh fruits, yogurt and granola, eggs and toast, and of course, Dominican coffee. After breakfast, we traveled to the center and were given a tour. ...

Nobis World – Dominican Republic: Day One July 13, 2016

By Casey Maguire Today is filled with planes, shuttles, and introductions. Meg, Jess, and I left for the Newark airport around 6:00am, got right through customs and awaited for our plane. We spent our time eating, talking to family members, and looking around the...

At the Heart of Every Lesson – by Alex Zinnes

At the Heart of Every Lesson – by Alex Zinnes

7th-8th Grade World Studies Teacher Friends School of Atlanta There was this lovely moment in early February the day before Grandparents and Special Friends Day. I had been teaching my students about global trade through the life-cycle of the t-shirt. I really enjoyed...

Nobis Teacher Spotlight: Vanessa Ehler

Our teacher spotlight this week is Vanessa Ehler. Vanessa teaches Upper School Spanish, Yoga, and is the 9th grade Dean at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY. Tell us why did you choose to attend the Nobis World program? At the time I was on a committee...

Nobis Teacher Spotlight: Will Nisbet

We are excited to share our first in a new Nobis Teacher Spotlight series. In these posts we will share interviews of teachers involved with Nobis Project. Learn about what drew them to participate and how their experience with Nobis Project shapes their work in the...

What to do (and what not to do) on a service learning project

Vanessa, a teacher from Brooklyn Friends School, shares about her experience with global service learning projects. She reflects on her experience with Nobis World in the Dominican Republic on the Wandering Educators blog. She shares that on the Nobis World program:...

Why global? (part two)

by Christen Clougherty How do you bring the global into the classroom in a way that engages the students in meaningful global work that feels relevant to their experience? It was this challenge that prompted me to develop what is now the Nobis Global Action Model....

Why global? (part one)

By Christen Clougherty When I begin a global service-learning project in my classroom there is usually one student who questions why we are working with an international community when there is so much need here at home. They usually call up the phrase, "think global,...

Consider Joining a Nobis World Program Next Summer

"For me, the most meaningful part of the Nobis World experience was connecting and sharing with other educators around deepening the global and social justice orientation into our classrooms." - Nobis World 2014 participant Learn more about Nobis World and our summer...

Making Service-Learning Beneficial for the Giver and Receiver

By Francoise Heyden, Middle School Spanish Teacher at Carolina Friends School in Durham, North Carolina What a gift this Nobis World service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic was!  And on so many levels!  This intense and powerful week immersed in cultural...

When You Start To See Home Differently

By Christen Clougherty Nobis World teachers at the King-Tisdell Cottage Nobis Project is based in Savannah, Georgia because that's where I call home. After college I wanted to live near the ocean, not too far from home (Durham, NC), in a smaller town were I could be...

Where the heck is this school?

Reflections by Jon DeGraff from Brooklyn Friends School Jon attended the Nobis World - Dominican Republic program this summer where we worked with the Mariposa DR Foundation in a small Caribbean village situated on the rural, hilly north coast of the Dominican...

Seeing the World for the First Time

“In a way we are always traveling. It's only that as the scenery becomes familiar we cease to give it the attention and gaping awe that was once bestowed upon it in heaping armfuls. We travel so that when we return "home" we can see ourselves in a new light, with new...

The Unheard Side

UNHCR Goodwill Envoys Visit Camps for Darfur Refugees Company: UNHCRAge Range: Middle school to high schoolDoes NOT Include Teaching MaterialsTopic: Racism and Human RightsSubject Areas: Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government,...

“In Plain Sight”

In Plain Sight Company: WITNESS and Amnesty International USA Age Range: High School Includes Teaching Materials Topic: Human Rights Film Synopsis: Seeks to bring human rights issues and global stories into the classroom through hands-on activities and learning;...

Nation at War with Itself

Surviving Darfur Company: UNHCR Age Range: All Ages Does NOT Include Teaching Materials Topic: Racism and Human Rights Subject Areas: Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government, Social Studies, History, Freedom Film Synopsis:  A...

The Out-Crowd

To Be a RefugeeCompany: UNHCRAge Range: All AgesDoes NOT Include Teaching MaterialsTopic: Racism and Human RightsSubject Areas: Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government, Social Studies, History, FreedomFilm Synopsis: Movie that...

Helping Refugees One Country at a Time

Film Title: Working with Refugees Company:  UNHCR Age Range:  High School Does NOT Include Teaching Materials Topic: Racism and Human Rights Subject Areas: Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government, Social Studies, History,...

They Are People Too

Film Title: “New Home, New Life” Company:  UNHCR—The UN Refugee Agency Age Range:  High School Does not include Teaching Materials Topic:  Racism and Human Rights Subject Areas:  Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government, Social...

Modern Day Safe Haven

Film Title:  Utica, NY: The Town that Loves RefugeesCompany:  UNHCR—The UN Refugee AgencyAge Range:  High SchoolDoes not include Teaching MaterialsTopic:  Refugees starting overSubject Areas:  Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War,...

Try Being Friendly

Film Title: Carly Company: UNHCR—The UN Refugee Agency Age Range: Elementary School and Middle School Does not include Teaching Materials Topic: Racism and Human Rights Subject Areas: Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government,...

The Children of War

                                Film Title:  Refugee Children: Escape from Persecution and WarCompany:  UNHCR—The UN Refugee AgencyAge Range:  Middle and High SchoolsDoes not include teaching materialsTopic:  Racism and Human RightsSubject Areas:  Human rights,...

The Benefits of an Education

Film Title: Learning is Their Future Company: UNHCR—The UN Refugee Agency Age Range: High School Does not include teaching materials Topic: Human Rights and Education Subject Areas: Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government,...

The Women of War

Film Title:  Don’t Look BackCompany:  UNHCR—The UN Refugee AgencyAge Range:  High SchoolDoes not include teaching materialsTopic:  Human rights, WarSubject Areas:  Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government, Social Studies,...

One World, Countless Victims

Film Title:  Global View 2009Company:  The UN Refugee AgencyAge Range:  High schoolDoes not include teaching materialsTopic:  War, Human Rights, Volunteer WorkSubject Areas:  Human rights, Nationalism, Racism, Immigration, Persecution and War, Government, Social...

A Vote for Democracy

Film Title:  Vote DemocracyCompany:  Independent LensAge Range:  High schoolIncludes Teaching MaterialsTopic:  GovernmentSubject Areas:  Government, Political Science, Social Studies, Current Events, Language Arts, Debate, Ethnic Studies, SociologyFilm Synopsis:...

Inspiring Women

Film Title: Woman’s EmpowermentCompany: Independent LensAge Range: High schoolIncludes Teaching MaterialsTopic: Women’s EmpowermentSubject Areas: Social Studies, Global Studies, Civics, Economics, Government, Political Science, Sociology, World History, Language Arts,...

Forced to Leave

Company: Independent Lens (PBS) Age Range: High School and College Includes Teaching Materials Topic: Immigration Subject Areas: Social Studies, Current Events, Language Arts, Debate, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Ethics, Psychology Film Synopsis:...

Pennies for Thought

Film Title: Pennies a Day Company: izzit.org Age Range: Grade 4-12 Includes Teaching Materials Topic: Poverty, Microcredit, Women in Society, Entrepreneurship Subject Areas: Business, Civics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Geography, Global Issues, Government,...

Welcome to Alex’s Blog!

Hi, my name is Alex Shimalla and I’m currently a high school sophomore in Savannah, GA working with the Nobis Project. Considering you were able to find this website, you probably already know that the Nobis Project is an educational non-profit organization that...