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INSIDE SCOOP CASE STUDY: GENEVA Arun Mistry, Rugby School What inspired you to go on this Geneva trip? I decided to go on the Geneva Trip because at the time I was studying A-level politics, and found the idea of visiting Geneva, home of the WTO, WHO and European hub of the UN an exciting prospect. I went to help me perform better in my A-Levels and also to see in person where global environmental, political and economic forum takes place. Top left: Human Rights law workshop at OHCHR. Top right: Cern Hadron Collider artwork. Above: 193 flags fly outside the UN Palais des Nations. actions. But we want them to have fun too! They get to develop all those soft skills employers are looking for like teamwork, communication and problem solving, without realising they’re doing it. When you spend the morning with a women’s cooperative farming seaweed on a Zanzibari beach, or help rebuild a school destroyed in the Nepal earthquake, it gets you thinking differently. Also, it shows students how their actions, or local people’s projects, can make a real difference to improve quality of life. They come home with new ideas, as global citizens.’ That is global learning for positive change. If you’d like to know more, visit What was your most memorable experience? I found the most memorable experience was visiting the international Red Cross museum. This is especially because I was able to experience the major challenges of today’s world, the defence of human dignity and reduction of natural risks. What’s the most important thing you learnt? This trip definitely influenced my plans after school and future career prospects. Before the trip, I had my aims set on working for a public body, like the civil service, where I could potentially have a positive impact on British society. But after seeing the work of IGO’s such as the UNHCR and its positive impact, I am now aiming for a career in global government. Paul Teeton, Rugby School, Head of Politics and International Relations What were the highlights of the trip for you? A sobering visit to the UNHCR and a truly insightful lecture given by the staff of this wonderful organization provided us all with a fresh appreciation of the work so many UN personnel perform in some of the most challenging conflict zones in the world. 14 ★ 2019

INSIDE SCOOP Buckswood School Rye Road, Guestling, Nr Hastings, TN35 4LT Admissions: 01424813813 • Day/Flexi/Weekly/Full 11-18 The Inside Scoop from a current parent… Buckswood truly believes and follows it’s ethos that every child has a talent that should be encouraged and nurtured. Traditional values are at the heart of the school and held strong whilst extra-curricular activities and possibilities are extensive. This ensures that the students are both capable and comfortable in the wider world environment once they move on. Our children have very different characteristics but both consistently say that they have felt that they could be themselves at school, without feeling they have to comply to a uniformity. Good pastoral support when it has been needed, has instilled selfbelief and confidence in the children. The schools internationalism ensures awareness of people’s differences and respect for those differences. SE As parents, we love: Staff familiarity with our children, treating them as individuals and giving them the pastoral care and guidance that’s needed. Extra-curricular opportunities that enhance the children and prepare them for the future. The traditional values instilled in the children as they face the modern world. Our children love: The beautiful grounds. Their friends and interacting with students from different nationalities. The extra-curricular opportunities such as selfdefence, bag pipe lessons and Duke of Edinburgh. HEADS UP “We aim to nurture every student so that they can be the best they can be; global citizens with a sense of adventure, who are able to discover their skills and passions and harness these towards future careers.” Michael Shaw & Kevin Samson (co-principals) Open days: Please visit our website for more information. 2019 ★ Read the full review on 15