Our Mission: The main focus of 360Plus is to provide leadership development and learning opportunities to students through inclusive educational travel, technology, and cross-cultural collaborations. Our programs bring together communities that would otherwise not connect, hence increasing international participation in global problem solving.
360Plus believes in learning through connecting with other cultures by traveling, working, and studying internationally online. Particularly travel, with its nature of unfamiliarity, has the power to reset social dynamics, allowing young people to work on personal growth, community-building, and global problem solving.
360Plus grew out of a network of international development professionals of US and Indian origin who wanted to leverage their skills and resources to provide life changing experiences to young people.
2019 Leadership Collective
Every year the Leadership Collective focuses on a unique theme relating to global connectivity and leadership. This year we engaged with the theme of Youth Citizenship. The 2019 Leadership Collective explored how youth are shaping the world. We believe that if youth are empowered early in life with the freedom and ability to take action and make decisions regarding the world around them, they can be active and powerful citizens, with the confidence and skills to change the world.
Over five months, with four months of pre-departure engagement and over three weeks of in-country experiential learning, 39 students worked together to build a holistic understanding of Youth Citizenship. The in-country experience took place at various sites across India in July 2019. This was our fifth year of the Leadership Collective and will be our biggest and most diverse yet!
“The experience of the program has taught me to speak up. In class, I am more open and outspoken. I finally realized that when I share my voice, I encourage other to do the same. My interaction with others in my community is now stronger. People in my community know I will speak up and not be put down. The trip has helped me to have a voice, especially in times of injustice.”
“This is a travel opportunity, not a vacation; open-mindedness is essential… you will probably never receive another opportunity to go on a trip that will be as fun and as difficult as this one. You will be tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but you won’t want it to end. You will meet people from all over the United States, but they won’t seem so different from you.”
“I can be an effective, yet humble leader. My peers in the Leadership Collective also taught me how to be a quiet leader and speak in my own time. It also opened my eyes and led me to think outside the box about my future endeavors… that I might one day study abroad in India or [the] USA.”
“I definitely feel more urgency about the state of the world and my ability to interact with it…. I also definitely want to travel more now and whatever I do, I want to make sure that what I’m doing is helping the world and the people who live in it.”
“I began to look at sustainable technologies as something that would be included in my career path. I feel like this trip has really allowed me to see and learn the practices mostly. When we went to the Ladakhi host family, just the way they garden was incredibly sustainable.”
“I lived the life of an adventurer, a student, a cartoon character, a farmer, and a teacher. I climbed a mountain with a friend, walked dark roads with flashlights in a group, went to classes with Rishi Valley students, helped farmers turn homemade fertilizer, milked a cow, and taught others how to dance. These experiences changed the way I saw a lot of things. I saw myself in a new fun, outgoing kind of way which is completely different from when I first started this trip.”
“I think “Learning Through Travel” is the best way to learn because through travel we have a look at a thing instead of imagining it. This way of learning is different and unique from our daily school or college life. It is an interesting and an effective way to learn.”