Geneva Summer School

Summer School provides an introduction for young people to the work of the United Nations, as seen through the programmes of QUNO. Emphasis is given to formal and informal discussion sessions so that the 25 summer school participants can gain in-depth understanding of the issues at stake and the dynamics that shape work on these issues. A variety of learning techniques are employed, including lectures, small group discussions, role plays and workshops.

The twelve days in Geneva are not all work - Geneva is surrounded by magnificent walking country and has a lake to swim in. Geneva itself is a fascinating city with some particularly fine historic buildings and many cultural and recreational activities.

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Who can apply?

An active interest in international affairs is needed, as well as the desire to share understanding with others. Fluent English is essential. Participants’ ages range from 20 – 26. Quakers are usually in the majority although anyone may apply. We welcome applications from anywhere in the world. Applicants from outside the EU/Switzerland will need a visa, and QUNO assists with visa applications – although cannot guarantee success.

Practical details

The participation fee for the Summer School is £630, which goes towards the costs of accommodation, programme and meals. Travel costs to Geneva and spending money are not included. Some suggestions on how to seek financial help will be provided if you are accepted; however if possible, applicants are encouraged to seek funds from their own Meetings.

Participants stay in single-sex dormitories at a hostel in Geneva. Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal are provided. Participants will be expected to share in some domestic duties involved in preparation for meals at Quaker House.

Quaker House is equipped with wheelchair access. If you have a disability or have other special needs and would like to participate in the Summer School, please write to us at the address below, well in advance of the application deadline, in order that we may make the necessary arrangements.

Applying to Summer School

The next Summer School will take place from 6-18 July 2014. The closing date for receipt of applications will be 3 February 2014. We usually receive more applications than there are places available. Applications are open now, please click here for more details.

Participants will be required to pay a deposit of £100 on acceptance of a place in the Summer School.