Bring Global Citizenship and SSELA
learning into your classroom with

Connecting With Communities
Around the World

Collaborating to Learn about
Geography, Humans, and the
Environment in New York & Kenya


Our Mission

The mission of Level Up Village, based in Tarrytown, New York, is to globalize the classroom and facilitate meaningful collaboration between students from around the world through innovative enrichment courses. Since 2012, we’ve paired over 1000 classes in 20 countries. Level Up Village, in cooperation with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, created the Connecting Communities course specifically for New York State and Kenyan students who are studying human impact on the environment.

What is the Connecting with Communities course?

• A social studies exploration and global exchange between New York and Kenya classrooms that will take place January 30th through March 6th. (No lessons or exchanges are scheduled for February 20th-24th.).

• Built around New York State requirements and addresses third grade required material, however, it is relevant and appropriate for students in grades 3 and 4.

• Fully prepared lesson plans that incorporate Social Studies Practices and Common Core Literacy Standards.

New for 2022-2023

• A brand new user-friendly platform

• A research guide that helps students in New York and Kenya learn more about their environment

• A revised and easy-to-use student video report workbook

How does it work?

The Level Up Village team, with our partner organization in Kenya (NGO Kenya Connect), pair up NY classrooms with Kenyan classrooms. They exchange “pen pal” videos to learn about each other’s country and culture. They proceed to research human impact on the environment in their regions and exchange more videos to reveal the issues they are facing and the actions they should take.

How do the students benefit?

• Small groups in each class get to make a personal connection with another group and learn directly from them about their culture including daily routines, meals, activities, sports, and school subjects.

• Students get to apply Social Studies Practices in a real-world environment.

• They are excited to learn through researching and discussing their own community.

• They create a grade-level appropriate technology-based presentation to share their learning.

• They practice communication skills as they exchange ideas with their global partner on the LUV secure platform.

• They focus on being solution finders and taking action to implement change in the world.

• They gradually develop a global perspective.

What does it cost?

The cost is $550 per classroom (up to 35 students ) + an administrative fee to Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. All contracts and fees are processed through P/NW BOCES. Your district may be eligible for CoSer (Cooperative Service) aid. Please check with your administration.

How do I find out more and register?

Complete this Level Up Village Contact Us form. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have and, when you are ready, we will register you for the course.

Space is limited

(Registration for the October 3rd-31st session is now closed.)

Registration for the Jan 30th-March 6th session is open until Friday, November 18th2022 or until the session is full.

To read about past Connecting Communities experiences, click here