UWC Short Course
Building a sustainable future
Sustainability is something we encounter every day: from recycling in our own homes to questions about how to create sustainable peaceful communities in regions of conflict. In this course, we learn about all aspects of sustainability: from economic, to ecological, to social issues that play a significant role in a sustainable future.
During the course, young people from culturally, regionally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds come together. This allows us to learn from each other and our different experiences.
The content of the course is divided into program weeks, each of which deals with a focus from the range of topics of economic, ecological and social sustainability. The interactive teaching of the learning content is provided by a varied mix of methods consisting of, among other things, presentations, workshops, guest lectures, group discussions and project work.
The course is designed to encourage young people to actively work for positive change and a sustainable future. At the end of the course, participants should not only have a greater knowledge of sustainability, but also feel inspired to become active for a sustainable future themselves.
- Topic: Sustainability from an economic, ecological and social perspective
- Language: English
- Age: 15-19 years old
"We were confronted with completely new and unfamiliar questions. [...] We examined inequalities in the world, put ourselves in the positions of those affected by them, got to know people who are making a difference with their work, and developed approaches to solutions that we can also implement in our home countries."
Tonya Frankenberger, "Building a sustainable future"-participant
In Person Course
Length: 3 weeks
Group size: 55 Participants
Place in 2023: UWC Robert-Bosch-College in Freiburg, Germany
Participants from Germany, Europe and neighbouring countries
Voluntary subsequent project phaseAfter the main part of the course has ended, you have gained a lot of ideas on how to improve the world a little bit in your own projects. You will now try to implement these projects in small groups in your free time. For this purpose, there are regular meetings with mentors, where you can exchange ideas and get feedback and support for the project implementation. One year later, the program ends with a final event where everyone can present their project results. The whole project process can also be summarized under the term "UWC Fellowship". Meaning you are a "UWC-Fellow" for one year, learning about the UWC educational concept in a condensed way and then implementing your own project.
Supported by Erasmus+
Length: 3 weeks
Group size: 65 participants
Participants from all over the world whose journey to Germany would be too time-consuming or expensive for the in-person format. This makes the group of participants particularly international.