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Exclusive Opportunity With The UN

16 March 2018

This summer UNICEF have once again invited up to 90 Nord Anglia Education students to participate in the UN’s High Level Political Forum on sustainable development in New York in July 2018. This opportunity is exclusive to NAE students. The selected students will become ‘NAE Ambassadors’ and will have the chance to influence politicians, demonstrating the action our schools are taking to tackle the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development, which is the focus of our 2018 Global Challenge.

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What is the event?

The event will take place from 6th-13th July in New York City. Students will participate in workshops, seminars and debates for the week. They will work together to deliver presentations to the UN’s High Level Political Forum. Students will also get the opportunity to see some of New York and potentially attend a Broadway show. More information on the High Level Political Forum can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

For a better understanding of exactly what the trip entails please read last year's coverage from the trip.

What are the costs?

All transfers and accommodation in New York, breakfast, lunch and most evening meals, and a tour of the United Nations Headquarters will be covered by NAE. Students will be responsible for return flights from our hub airport to New York (approximately 26,000,000VND), visas, travel insurance, three evening meals, optional excursions to a Broadway show and other attractions, and spending money. The final flight costing will be provided after our ambassadors have been selected.


Students will be accompanied by members of staff from NAE schools within the South East Asia Region, though not necessarily a member of BIS HCMC staff. Students and staff will meet at a regional hub airport, to travel to New York and arrive on Friday 6thth July. They will be greeted at JFK on arrival by staff from the Education Team, and will be taken to a hotel in central New York in the Midtown area. Students will be sharing triple rooms, with 3 same sex students per room.

What will the programme look like?

For a draft programme and further information please click here.

Application process:

Each school is able to send two students to attend this event. The Ambassadors for BIS HCMC will be decided via an application process. To be considered students should meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates significant commitment to community, MUN or global issues

  • Be an excellent role model and embody the BIS HCMC school values and ethos.

  • Be able to present, communicate, and argue diplomatically

  • Have excellent leadership skills

In addition, students must also be:

  • In Years 10, 11 or 12

  • Attending BIS HCMC next academic year (from August 2018)

  • Eligible for a USA Visa

  • Involved in the Global Challenge

  • Committed to attend the event if successful

To apply for this exciting opportunity your son/daughter will need to complete a short application form, the link to which is here: https://goo.gl/forms/7c2pBlPOuGi2cW9B3

They will also need to submit a 3-5 minute video answering the following question: What makes you the BIS HCMC Ambassador to the United Nations?

Both of these must be completed by 8am on Wednesday 21st March. Videos should be uploaded to Google Drive and shared with lauren.binnington@bisvietnam.net.

Following this application, shortlisted students will be invited to complete a group task and short interview between Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th March. More information will be sent out to successful students after the application deadline.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to receiving applications for this once in lifetime opportunity.

Lauren Binnington, Secondary Global Campus Lead