Our ties to the United World College movement are highly personal and imbued with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation. Before continuing our college education in the United States, we graduated from UWCs in Canada, Norway and India, and have felt, first-hand, the overwhelming importance of such an education, which perhaps we can best appreciate now, looking back at how this experience has shaped us into who we are today.
UWC is the only global educational movement that brings together students from all over the world – selected on personal merit – with the explicit aim of fostering peace and international understanding. It has twelve colleges on five continents, 120 National Committees, and a variety of summer courses in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The Summer Course in China in 2010 was an innovative experiential education program that enabled young people from diverse backgrounds to learn and apply fundamental leadership skills for economic, social and environmental development in a globalized world. The 3-week program took place in Beijing and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous region in western China, where the youth shared with local host families in a rural environment. It consisted of workshops tackling social, environmental and civic issues, and promoted the values of international understanding, tolerance, empowerment and respect for the environment.