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Dear friends of UWC, 

Earlier this week I had lunch with a father whose children all graduated from UWC. I knew that they had been happy at UWC and that he was grateful for their experience. But little did I know that since then, he has been helping UWC quietly in different ways. He provided contacts which led to additional project-based funding for UWC Mostar or helping every year with visa applications to ensure students from across the world were able to obtain German visas to attend UWC Robert Bosch College.

He is only one of thousands of volunteers, family members, friends, host families, staff members, and neighbours who make the UWC experience possible each year. 

As the saying we all know goes: “it takes a village to raise a child.” But as 2019 is coming to an end we realise once again that it takes a world-wide community to make UWC happen. With this email we want to thank all those community members. We want to thank all of you! 

Without each and every one of you, the big adventure of bringing over 11.000 young people from all parts of the world and the most diverse realities together for a UWC education would not be possible. Without you, we would not be able to make them aware of UWC, encourage them, select them, prepare them, educate them, strengthen them, care for them, support them, and inspire them. 

Globally, 2019 has been a bumpy year -- and we all know that as we enter the next decade we all have a lot left to do to make this world a more peaceful, just, and sustainable place. But let’s also look back on 2019 with some pride and joy: We all made UWC happen. Again. 

We wish all of you moments of joy, happiness, and belonging as 2019 comes to an end -- and we are grateful that we will be able to count on all of you in 2020 to take UWC from strength to strength. 

In gratitude on behalf of the entire UWC International team, 

Deputy Executive Director 
(UWC Adriatic, 1996-1998) 

PS: Why not use the coming days to tell more young people about UWC? Help us spread the word by posting this or this video on your social media accounts. 

PPS: Are you looking for a change in 2020? Come and work for UWC full-time! Current job opportunities with UWC International in London or Berlin, UWC short courses and UWC schools can be found at

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the developments, projects and people that kept UWC moving in 2019:

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