About 360Plus

360Plus believes in learning through travel. We are group of emerging global leaders working to democratize global citizenship, and our projects focus on providing travel, technology, and education opportunities to youth who would otherwise not have access to experiential learning.

The main focus of 360Plus is to provide learning opportunities to young high school students through inclusive educational travel. Our programs bring together youth from communities that would otherwise not connect via virtual technology platforms and in-person travel. We believe that travel, with its nature of unfamiliarity, has the power to reset social dynamics, allowing youth to work on personal growth, community-building, and global problem solving.

360Plus grew out of a network of young professionals on US and Indian origin who wanted to leverage their skills and resources to provide “learning through travel” opportunities to youth.

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!

View our Learner Profiles and learn about their journey through the blog.

“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.”

TierraSouth Dakota, USA, 2018 Leadership Collective

“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.”

JeremiahWashington DC, USA, 2015 Leadership Collective

“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.”

AyabulelaWestern Cape, South Africa, 2018 Leadership Collective

“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.”

TaliaWisconsin, USA, 2016 Leadership Collective

“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.”

IzonCalifornia, USA, 2017 Leadership Collective

“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.”

KyreChicago, USA, 2015 Leadership Collective

“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.”

VandanaHimachal Pradesh, India, 2018 Leadership Collective