World Affairs Youth Seminar

July 5-10, 2015


The World Affairs Youth Seminar, conducted by faculty, staff, and students from Auburn’s College of Education and members of the Persistent Issues in History Network, is open to rising 10th – 12th graders and uses the Model United Nations (MUN) forum to examine global issues in a "real world" context. Participants assume the role of country delegates and strive to accurately represent the viewpoints of their assigned country in daily MUN General Assembly sessions.

If the following subjects interest you, consider attending this seminar:

  • international and cultural affairs
  • public speaking and debate
  • social studies and current events
  • government and politics
  • persuasive writing
  • public service

Seminar participants:

  • gain a better understanding of complex international issues
  • practice leadership skills
  • develop communication skills
  • make new friends from across the country

In preparation for daily MUN sessions, country delegates partner with Auburn University graduate and undergraduate secondary social studies education students to explore the value conflicts, factual data, and historical contexts of international issues. Delegates participate in group research sessions and collaborate to write resolutions or plan strategic alliances for MUN sessions which confront different global issues each day.  Delegates are also supported by an experienced Secretary General, who teaches debate procedures and provides strategy coaching.

World Affairs Seminar participants will attend lectures by faculty on international issues and get to experience campus life firsthand while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Camp participants will have 24/7 counselor supervision.

Program History and Rotary International Support

The World Affairs Youth Seminar was founded in 1986 by Rod Wiley, a longtime member of the Lee County Sunrise Rotary Club (in Auburn) to educate high school students from all over about the UN, its processes, and the path to a more peaceful world through global partnerships and conflict resolution.

Rotary International has a long history working with the United Nations and shares the same vision for a more peaceful world. Rotarians helped draft the UN Charter and have actively partnered with the UN since its founding in 1945. Rod worked tirelessly to promote this program, and in turn a better world, writing letters and meeting with Rotary Clubs around the Southeast, up to age 98, just before his passing. Rod’s spirit of service and commitment to a better world continue today through continued Rotary Club support in the form of student scholarships.


Workshop tuition is $615 and includes all instruction, housing, meals, recreational activities, t-shirt and group photo. Enrollment is limited to 30 students so register early.

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Required Forms and Insurance

Please complete the required camp form packet below, no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp. All information provided remains confidential.

If you consent to allowing campers to self-administer required medication, please print and complete the form listed below. (NOTE: You will need to upload this form when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

As proof of health insurance, all participants must upload a copy of their health insurance card (front and back) with the camp form packet. If the participant does not have current health insurance coverage; please contact us as soon as possible for options. (NOTE: You will need to upload the front and back of your insurance card when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

Lee County Sunrise and Auburn Rotary Clubs Scholarship

Six at-large (open to anyone) partial scholarships, valued at $287.00, are provided by the Lee County (Alabama) Sunrise Rotary and Auburn Rotary Clubs. The six winning students will have $287.00 applied towards the program cost of $574. To apply for this scholarship, complete the scholarship application form and essay, per form instructions.

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Contact Information

For program questions, please contact the coordinator, Jeff Dyal at 334.844.5817.

Last Updated: December 19, 2014