The Geneva Summer School provides an introduction for young people to the work of the United Nations, as seen through the programme areas of QUNO. Emphasis is given to formal and informal discussion sessions, allowing Summer School participants to 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 play and workshops.
The twelve days in Geneva are not all work - Geneva is surrounded by magnificent walking country and has a beautiful lake to swim in. Geneva itself is a fascinating city with some particularly fine historic buildings and many cultural and recreational activities.
- Summer School programme and schedule (2015)
- Summer School background reading list (2015)
- Summer School participant dispatch (2012)
Who can apply?
An active interest in international affairs is required, 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 we are unable to guarantee success.
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 in this fee. 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 meals 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 3-15 July 2016. Applications are now open, with application forms and further information available here. The closing date for applications is 7 March 2016.
We typically receive more applications than there are places available. Participants will be required to pay a deposit of £100 on acceptance of a place on the Summer School.