International Peace Leadership Academy, Ballycastle, Northern Island 

Nurturing Hope Summer Learning Journey, July 15-25, 2024

 
Overview:

Are you someone who believes in peace? Working with people of different beliefs to create a better world for all?

UTSA will select and fund 2 students to attend the 10 days Nurturing Hope program in Ballycastle, Northern Island, in partnership with the Rotary San Antonio Club.

The Summer Learning Journey will focus on how trust and hope can be nurtured and sustained in personal, community, and political life; consider what practices might support reconciliation and restoring relationships; and contribute to an intergenerational and intercultural global community of practice committed to building cross-tradition and trans-local relationships in conflicted societies. You will learn alongside local participants completing the Seeds of Hope year-long program; young adult leaders from across the globe; and adults involved in parallel organizations from across the globe. For more details, see https://www.corrymeela.org/programmes/nurturing-hope/summer-learning-journey 

 

Dates: July 15 – 25, 2024
  • July 13: depart to Northern Ireland
  • July 14: arrive
  • July 15-20: International Peace Leadership Academy
  • July 23-28: Guided travel and activities through Northern Ireland and Ireland
  • July 29: depart to the United States

Cost per student: all costs covered by UTSA. 4,000 USD, includes transportation, programming, and in-country travel

 

Eligibility*
  • current UTSA undergraduate or graduate student in Summer 2024 (if undergraduate, you do not need to be an Honors College student to apply!)
  • Minimum cumulative UTSA GPA: 2.5
  • Demonstrated involvement in community, outreach, or otherwise educational activities to reduce conflict, promote understanding across difference, and encourage an environment of positive peace

*Domestic students must have a valid U.S. passport at time of travel (see HERE for processing times). International students must have appropriate visa, if needed, by time of travel (see HERE for more information).

 

Application
  • 1000 word essay describing 1) your experience in community, outreach, or otherwise educational activities to reduce conflict, promote understanding across difference, and encourage an environment of positive peace; 2) the benefit of your participation in the Nurturing Hope program with respect to your civic, intellectual, professional, or personal goals, and 3) the name and contact information of a person who can speak to your efforts to reduce conflict, promote understanding, and encourage positive peace
  • UTSA unofficial transcript
  • Send the essay and unofficial transcript as attachments in one email to honors@utsa.edu by 5 PM on Friday, March 1, 2024. The email title should be “application for International Peace Leadership Academy” No late submissions accepted.
Timeline
  • March 1: applications due
  • March 1-15: Stage 1 application review
  • March 17-26: Stage 2 interviews
  • April 1: students notified
  • April 15: student acceptance deadline