International Partners and Affiliations

Ciudad del SaberThe City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama

The City of Knowledge (COK) is an international complex for education, research, and innovation. It was developed to “promote and facilitate synergy between universities, scientific research centers, businesses, and international organizations.

Centrally located on the banks of the Panama Canal, the City of Knowledge’s facilities are on the former Fort Clayton military base. COK provides operational and programmatic support to resident organizations, companies and visiting institutions. Additionally, it promotes excellence in education, research, technological development and innovation, while encouraging the integration of institutions, businesses, and programs. It is a goal of the City of Knowledge to become a place in which people from various backgrounds, students, professors, scholars, scientists, and business people alike, can come together for the sharing of ideas and the exchange of knowledge.

GSI worked closely with the COK’s Academic Program team and met with several leaders from locally based NGOs, business organizations and UN agencies (UNEP and UNICEF) during the 2012-13 program in Panama, Cuba and the Caribbean.

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Cuba Education ToursCuba Education Tours

Cuba Education Tours is a full service travel agency and tour operator based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Blain, Washington. The company organizes cultural, educational and discovery programs for schools, NGOs, union and community groups. It has sent North American visitors to Cuba since 1997.

GSI worked with Cuban Education Tours during the 2012-13 program to Panama, Cuba and the Caribbean. Participants in the study/travel program met with leaders from the National Botanical Garden, the Metropolitan Community Project, UPCD Oganiponico Vivero Alamar and the Cuban National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX).

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ProExport Colombia

ProExport Colombia is the nation’s leading governmental tourism, foreign investment and export promotion agency. During the 2012-13 program GSI worked with a team from agency to develop in-port activities in Cartagena and Santa Marta. Participants met with scholars, cultural restoration specialists, indigenous leaders from the Kokui and Wayuu tribes and business representatives during the study/tour program in Colombia. 


Rotary Int'l

Rotary International 

Rotary International (RI) is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provide humanitarian service and educational and cultural exchanges. GSI is working with local chapters in the U.S. and Panama to build an international partnership with RI and Rotary clubs in countries visited during our study/travel programs. Franz Garcia de Parédas, a leader of the Panama City Rotary chapter and a member of GSI’s International Advisory Council, organized a service project at SOS Children’s Villages International, a local NGO during GSI’s 2012-13 program to Panama.  Learn more about Rotary International and SOS Children’s Villages International.



SOS Children’s Villages International 

Founded in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages International provides social support programs to help disadvantaged and vulnerable families. More than one million children, youth and families are supported through 1,900 SOS facilities and programs around the world. Working with a local Rotary Club in Panama, GSI participants painted two homes at one of SOS Children’s Villages in Panama City during the 2012-13 study/travel program. Currently there are seven SOS facilities in Panama that provide day-care, education, vocational training, playgrounds and sports facilities. GSI is developing relationships with international NGOs to develop service and social venture projects. Learn more about SOS Children’s Villages International.



United Nations 

United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 to maintain international peace and security, and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. GSI’s educational programs are built on the principles established in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, the Global Compact and the Sustainability Development Goals. Dr. Eduardo Gutierrez, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretariat/UNDP, serves on GSI’s International Advisory Council and directs GSI’s Global Scholars Program. During the 2012-13 study/travel program, leaders from the UNEP and UNICEF met with GSI participants in Panama to discuss environmental and social issues impacting the region.  Learn more about the U. N.



UN Global Compact 

The UN Global Compact (GC) is a strategic policy initiative for businesses and NGOs that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. As a member of the Global Compact, GSI endorses GC’s principles and policy frameworks and advances its practices and sustainability solutions in our educational programs. Learn more about the UN Global Compact.



Rock Rose Institute 

Rock Rose Institute (RRI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and advancing non-violent conflict resolution through public forums for interdisciplinary dialogue, training in communication and the development of tools, materials and programs for individuals, educators and community leaders.   GSI is partner organization of RRI and its co-founder, Judge Rebecca Westerfield, is a member of GSI’s International Advisory Council.  Judge Westerfield led an engaged discussion on legal structures and international conflict negotiations during the GSI’s 2012-13 study/travel program to Panama, Cuba and the Caribbean.  Learn more about the Rock Rose Institute.




CATHALAC, the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, is among the leading NGOs that reside at the City of Knowledge in Panama. It is an autonomous international organization dedicated to “promoting sustainable development through applied research and development, education, and technology transfer in the areas of integrated watershed management, climate change, environmental modeling and analysis and risk management in Latin America and the Caribbean.” GSI participants met with CATHALAC’s educational and technical teams during the 2012-13 study/travel program to Panama, Cuba and the Caribbean. GSI is developing future opportunities for collaboration with CATHALAC and other NGOs in the region. Learn more about CATHALAC.




NAFSA, Association of International Educators, is the world’s largest non-profit professional association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA’s 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.  A core part of its mission is “to support public policies that promote and enhance international education and exchange between the U.S. and other nations.”  GSI is a member of NAFSA and works with its worldwide network on issues related to educational mobility and higher education. Learn more about NAFSA.


World Cafe

The World Cafe

World Café and the World Café Community Foundation have created “an innovative approach to strategic dialogue, multi-stakeholder engagement, multigenerational collaboration and cooperative action that have been embraced by thousands of groups in the private and public sector worldwide.”  GSI has collaborated with leaders in the organization and integrated their communication design structure into many of its programs. Learn more about the World Cafe Community Foundation.


Generation Waking Up

 Generation Waking Up

Generation Waking Up is a global campaign to “ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.  Through its various campaigns, Thrive, WakeUp and Synergize, this non-profit organization is catalyzing a global youth movement to awaken, empower and mobilize young people to become the agents of change in the 21st C.  GSI is working in collaboration with the leadership team at GenUp. Learn more about Generation Waking Up.



GSI’s Global Footprint

GSI is building its global footprint and actively meeting with potential individual social investors, entrepreneurs, foundations and former participants of The ScholarShip, who have expressed interest in initial funding opportunities. The leadership team also has been working with individual investors on the specific benefits and opportunities that they will receive for their support and involvement. We are interested in working with engaged social investors and entrepreneurs to serve as advisors, contributors and networkers.