Hunger in a World of PlentyVirtual Seminar: June 22-25, 2020
Food connects us all. But what happens when issues of access and distribution lead to a hungry planet? The 2020 World Affairs Seminar will explore these issues and more, leading delegates to collaborate and discover what they can do to shape the world and resolve these challenges as the future leaders of the world.
Updated Seminar Information
The threat of the Coronavirus Pandemic has made it necessary for leadership of the World Affairs Seminar to revise our 2020 offering. The 2020 World Affairs Seminar will be conducted in a revised, virtual format. Thank you for your patience as we update our website, registration forms and other promotional materials.
After a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise: in 2016 an estimated 815 million around the world did not have access to enough food to meet basic nutritional needs. Hunger is particularly a problem in the developing world, where violent conflicts, economic crises, and weather-related catastrophes have wreaked havoc on both food production and availability. Yet hunger is also an issue in the United States, where 1 in 6 Americans find themselves dealing with food insecurity on any given day. Such global statistics are not due to lack of food. For the past twenty years, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. That means that there is more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the globe. How can hunger continue to persist in such a world of plenty?
Be a Delegate!
US & international High School Students between the ages of 15-18 years of age
The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school students. Since WAS first accepted students in 1977, over 30,000 future world leaders have participated. Registration for our virtual seminar is now open!
Be a Counselor!
College-aged students & other community leaders
World Affairs Seminar Staff Counselors and Nurses are highly valued and the backbone of the WAS seminar experience. Our staff counselors come from a variety of backgrounds including teachers, college students, past participants, and more. In our new virtual format, our traditional “counselors” will fill the role as discussion-leaders and group facilitators.
Become a Sponsor!
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There are many ways to give to our program. Anybody can support WAS, including Rotary Clubs, other service organizations, schools, parents, and even grandparents. Your gift can go a long way to inspire your high school student Click the link below for our various sponsorship opportunities.
To participate in this year’s virtual seminar, participants must have access to a personal computer, phone or tablet for significant portions of the day with broadband internet access enabling receipt of video presentations as well as interactive video conference calls.
About the Seminar
The 2020 World Affairs Seminar theme is “Hunger in a World of Plenty.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s seminar will be offered via virtual teleconference. We expect those who attend include delegates from over thirty nations. Each delegate will have her or his own story and perspective. By the time the Seminar is over, each delegate will not only know the stories of others and shared their own but will have gained skills to help them shape the world they will inherit.
Interested in attending the virtual 2020 World Affairs Seminar?
If you wish to attend, start by showing this information to your parents, a teacher, guidance counselor or principal. Let them know you are interested.
- Cost is less than most sports or music camps.
- Scholarships may be available through your local School District, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist Clubs or other service organizations.
- When asking for a scholarship, offer to make a presentation about your experiences.
The World Affairs Seminar is truly an international experience. WAS brings together peers from around the world to learn international relations and develop skills in diplomacy, communication and cooperation. Since 1976 WAS has impacted and changed lives, providing highly relevant skills in group problem solving, negotiation and peaceful diplomacy. Featured speakers represent a wide variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds. We believe every point of view matter – we embrace and mandate heathy respectful debate leading to collaborative learning and growth. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities and develop defining skills to both lead and cooperate with others from different cultures to reach workable solutions.
I got to meet people from all over the world and listen to some really great speeches. Most importantly, I made new friends that will always have my back and I will always have theirs! I recommend anyone who is given the opportunity to go, TAKES IT!
It’s crazy how you can make so many memories in just one week!
Thank you for having given me friendships that make saying goodbye so hard.
The World Affairs Seminar was amazing and it was great to meet people from all kinds of different places! It gave me hope on our generation’s motives for change.
At the 2020 World Affairs Seminar, you will:
- Explore the relationship between food, natural resources, climate change, and conflict at the global level
- Learn about where food comes from, how it is prepared and eaten, and how it has evolved over time
- Gain insights into production, distribution systems and related economics
- Hear speakers whose experience ranges from large agricultural corporations to urban farms, fresh food outlets international non-government agencies
- Take virtual field trips to relevant sites where food is grown, distributed, managed, and where Hunger is alleviated and studied.
- Collaborate with delegates from around the world to explore hunger issues and challenges in an atmosphere of respect, trust and open communication
- Discover what you can do to shape the world and make it a better place where hunger is eliminated or at least abated, and the earth is managed to the benefit of all.
Why Should You Attend?
Prepare yourself for an adventure that will broaden your understanding of international happenings and change your perspective. The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) brings you face to face with other students, experts, and leaders from the world over. You will engage in stimulating discussion of world affairs. You’ll interact with experienced professionals—from government, business, and academia. You will leave with strong bonds and lifelong friends.
Experience the diversity of global political, social and religious traditions. Share your ideas, make new friends, accept the challenge to find out more. Learn to explore and appreciate other points of view. Gain a better understanding of the world around you and where you fit in shaping the future.
At World Affairs Seminar, the goal is to open minds rather than advocate a specific viewpoint. While you are with us, we consider you a “delegate”. Your opinions count – and so do those of others. It is up to you to decide what messages are credible and to evaluate and understand of how different people think about global issues and why. You will discuss, add to and exchange ideas about issues. You will formulate and express your thoughts, hear what others think, and find shared ground. Your leadership and negotiation skills will grow through training sessions and conversation with peers, presenters and counselors.
Click to View Costs & Funding Options for our 2020 Virtual Seminar
Now accepting registrations for the virtual 2020 World Affairs Seminar!
The registration fee to participate in the virtual 2020 World Affairs Seminar is set at $260.00 USD per delegate.
Registration to the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar includes:
- Digital access to all live & prerecorded keynote lectures, break-out speakers, and small-group discussions for the duration of the seminar.
- Access to a procured digital library of academic resources related to the theme of the seminar during and following the seminar.
- Participation in virtual field trips and other academic or extra-curricular activities made available during the seminar.
- Inclusion in an online forum, for academic interaction, reflection and discussions during the seminar.
- Virtual access to World Affairs Seminar academic staff and team of counselors.
- Access to all other seminar materials and experiences, digital or otherwise.
- Opportunities for the payor(s) and representative(s) of the sponsoring organization to audit the virtual seminar (may view lectures and events but may not participate in Q&A or discussions).
Registration to the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar does not include access to the internet or a personal electronic device, such as a computer/laptop, tablet or cell phone. Delegates must have access to an electronic device with internet connectivity in order to participate.
We encourage everyone who has already registered for WAS 2020 to take advantage of this opportunity to participate. Sponsors who have already paid tuition for the 2020 seminar prior to the COVID-19 outbreak will be offered the following options:
- Transfer pre-paid tuition dollars, in whole or in part, to registrations for the 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar at the above rate
- Bank the remaining funds, if any, in whole or in part, as credits for the 2021 World Affairs Seminar
- Donate the remaining dollars, if any, in whole or in part, to support the WAS mission and programs in this time of great need.
- Refunds, if necessary, will be handled as fairly and prudently as possible. Any remaining dollars will be refunded to the original payor (some transactional fees may be incurred in accordance with the Refund Policy listed on the World Affairs Seminar website).
World Affairs Seminar is making a reasonable attempt to contact sponsors/payors. If the World Affairs Seminar does not receive a decision from sponsors/payors in writing May 1st, the pre-paid registration dollars will, by default, be banked as credits for the 2021 seminar, not to exceed one year.
- May 1, 2020 – Deadline to Request a Refund
- May 26, 2020 – General Registration Deadline: All Payment and Student Applications Due
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Most students attend the World Affairs Seminar on scholarships provided by Service Clubs such as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis.
You may be able to get help with tuition!
Schools, community groups, and local service clubs are often willing to help fund attendance at the World Affairs Seminar.
If your school, service club, or community group is not aware of our program, please share our website and contact information with them. Or, let us know how to reach them (organization name, contact name, club address, phone number, e-mail address) and we’ll provide them with an information packet.
2020 REFUND POLICY
To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate will not attend, or if the sponsor has chosen to not fill a paid for space at the Seminar. E-mail is considered “in writing” for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received. Full credit applies if notification is received by May 1; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 26, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, or death. There is no cancellation fee if credits are carried over to 2021. Credits must be used within one calendar year. Refunds will be processed by June 30 and are subject to a maximum $25.00 processing fee per delegate. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation.