Four Morpeth students have returned home from the cultural experience of a lifetime in the USA.
James Newman and Isabella Redmayne recently took part in the 10-day Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York City.
Two other King Edward VI School students, Lucy Nevens and Rebecca Storer, attended earlier conferences as part of the same programme organised by Envision.
Delegates from all around the world did a range of activities – including climate-change debates and political discussions – and tackled moral and ethical issues.
They visited war memorials, museums and the Japanese Embassy, and carried out a global summit simulation in the United Nations building.
They were also photographed at the Capitol Building and The White House after learning about politics in the United States.
The programme invites young people to explore cultural differences, gain first-hand exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, build confidence and enhance decision-making skills in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Ulgham resident James, 16, said: “This was a great experience as it allowed me to meet people from all over the world, explore cultural differences and get an insight into how international diplomacy works.
“It’s given me a great deal of confidence because I had to travel to the USA alone, deal with flight delays and missed connections, and generally make decisions that I’ve never had to do before.
“From an academic viewpoint, this will stand me in good stead for my future as the experiences I’ve had can be used in whichever career path I chose to follow.
“This may be in my new found communication skills, tolerance of other cultures, or my awareness of international diplomacy.
“The experiences and memories will last a lifetime and I hope the friendships I made will too.”