A Singular Education

Global Village Project is the only school in the country dedicated to educating refugee girls who have had their education interrupted.

It Only Takes One

Each and every girl we educate has the potential to not only change her life and that of her family’s, but also her community and even the world. Your gift helps us prepare our students to be undaunted, and allows us to pioneer an innovative model of refugee education to share with educators globally. DONATE NOW >

Merging Many Worlds

Our 45 students come from 1 of 12 African or Asian countries and collectively speak 15 languages—from French to Kinyarwanda and Kirundi to Matu Chin. APPLY FOR ADMISSION >

Arts are integral to teaching and learning at GVP providing students with ongoing experiences that give them tools to express themselves and learn that creative pursuits are a part of innovative thinking. Music, performing, and visual arts act as a means for students to display their strengths, knowledge and identities. Now, with a recent grant from a generous partner, GVP will substantially enhance its STEAM offering over the next two years.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to 21st century teaching and learning that emphasizes creativity, communication, and collaboration.


Students served by Global Village Project since 2009

When a student arrives at GVP:

  • she is 13 years old (on average)
  • she speaks 2–3 languages
  • she comes from 1 of 12 African or Asian countries
  • she has missed an average of 3 years of school (and up to 6)
  • she has been in the US for less than 3 years


GVP Welcomes Elizabeth Elango Bintliff, new CEO and Head of School

Read our August 2020 Press Release and Elizabeth's Message to the Community

Join us for the 2020 Welcome Walk - going virtual this year!

Every year, the Global Village Welcome Walk is a chance for our friends to come together and walk in the spirit of welcome. This year we're taking our event virtual - and taking the vision to welcome refugees and immigrants everywhere as far as possible. Learn more about the 2020 Welcome Walk, taking place November 22nd-28th this year, by visiting the event page below!

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"The civil war in our ethnic homeland forced us to understand the full meaning of the word 'unsteady'. We were always running and searching for a place. We built a life in a refugee camp not knowing when it would be closed. On our first night in America, being driven to our new home, I felt welcomed in the U.S. when I realized that there was still a place in this world for my family to make it feel like home while my beautiful ethnic homeland was not yet ready for our return." - Meh Sod Paw

Thank you to GVP Alumna Meh Sod Paw for sharing her story of welcome. Stories like this are why we believe in welcoming refugees and immigrants everywhere, and we invite you to join us in showing that commitment at our 2020 Welcome Walk! Learn more at bit.ly/GVPWelcome!

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Just a few more weeks until our eighth annual Global Village Welcome Walk - going virtual this year November 22-28!! Our challenges to you are to Support 47, Share 47, and Move 47 in honor of GVP's 47 refugee students this year, who represent the many newcomers we welcome to this country.

Join us in welcoming refugees and immigrants everywhere. Learn more and pledge to walk today at bit.ly/GVPWelcome! 🌍❤️🚶‍♀️

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Global Village Project is the only school in the country designed to meet the unique needs of refugee girls with interrupted education. Since our founding in 2009, GVP has served over 275 refugee young women!

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"To me, welcome means making others feel at home."

Thank you to Rachel at GVP's partner Refuge Coffee Co. for sharing what "welcome" means to her! Refuge Coffee Co. is a 501c3 non-profit business that exists to serve the global community in Clarkston through coffee-related job creation, job training, social networking, and commerce. Like Global Village Project, Refuge dreams of a world in which refugees have the opportunity to thrive.

Help us build a more inclusive future for refugees and immigrants everywhere by joining us for the 2020 Global Village Welcome Walk! Learn more and pledge to walk today at bit.ly/GVPWelcome. #GVPWelcomeWalk #wewelcomerefugees
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Join GVP Partner Atlanta Girls' School for the first session of their Leading, Unapologetically speaker series tonight! Hear from New York Times bestselling and leadership development expert Rachel Simmons about how to teach girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage.

Thursday, October 28th at 8 pm. Learn more and register below!
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Calling all GVP Alumnae! YOU'RE INVITED to a virtual mixer with fun, games, and a chance to reconnect with GVP School Sisters! Email americorps1@globalvillageproject.org or text Dr. Cassie at (814)777-2355 for the Zoom link. Hope to see you there!

(This event is for GVP alumnae only).
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Every refugee girl deserves access to the education necessary to pursue her dreams.

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Last week, Ms. Marjorie shared a story in GVP's Educational Team Huddle: one of our returning, third-year students had been showing up to and participating in classes but falling behind in her work completion. Several staff members had talked with her, but Ms. Marjorie decided she would go meet with her in person. The student was so happy and excited to see Ms. Marjorie that she ran to her and hugged her. After they talked, she immediately set to work - making up several assignments in that one day.

GVP students care so deeply for their teachers, and this simple story provides a glimpse into the mutual love that permeates our school family. As School Principal Dr. Amy Pelissero writes, "That kind of deep care is what our success is built on."

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Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers. That's why it's absolutely vital we not only welcome refugees to our country, but also give them access to equitable, empowering education designed to meet their needs 💪

Support the 47 refugee students at GVP this year by giving $47 or setting up a fundraiser for the 2020 Welcome Walk! Donate today at bit.ly/FundraiseWW20!
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CONGRATULATIONS to GVP Alumna Khaty Barati and her mother Khadija Barati for becoming U.S. citizens! They are pictured here with Uncle Sam, known in his off time as Steve Heckler - Khaty's GVP Mentor, and GVP board member. We are so happy for the Barati family! 💓🎉🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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