UWC is an organization founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people to address conflict through the values of community interaction and cross- cultural understanding

Connecting Borders is a two-week long educational program that aims to:

1. Spread the UWC Mission and Values

The UWC movement makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

2. Instill Leadership

Provide participants with skills in leadership, critical thinking, empathy and self-reflection. Participants leave with greater self-confidence and equipped to initiate projects on their own.

3. Empower Changemakers

Empower young people to become agents of change in their communities by thinking globally and acting locally. Through civil society visits, we emphasize the importance of working together with - rather than for - local partners.

4. Explore Current Issues

Learn about and discuss current, social issues on a global and local scale from different perspectives. Connecting Borders, with its focus on identity, tackles a variety of topics related to discrimination, social exclusion and inclusion, and human rights.

5. Push the Comfort Zone

In a caring and protected environment, participants are nonetheless faced with many new perspectives, emotions, and ways of thinking. Away from their familiar environment, they grow more self-reliant and curious.

6. Develop Talents and Interests

Develop participants’ talents and help them explore new interests. Allow participants to be creative and share their knowledge, skills and perspectives with the rest of the group.

7. Share Opportunities

Give participants the space to learn about possible professional and academic fields and introduce them to other local and international programs. With a wide array of experiences, our international team mentors participants to help them pursue their dreams.

8. Encourage a New Sense of Self

Participants leave as world citizens, eager to act. They form life-long and meaningful friendships and leave with a great support network that extends across the globe.

9. Promote Non-Formal Education

Using non-formal education, coordinators and facilitators do not teach, but aim to set up a platform for participants and the team to learn from each other during our interactive workshops. Participants are encouraged and inspired to lead activities themselves.