Education Academic Worldquest

2019 Academic WorldQuest

The Academic WorldQuest Program brings together students from all over the Philadelphia region to compete in an international affairs trivia competition. The winning school from this regional competition is invited to participate in The World Affairs Council of America's national competition in Washington D.C.!

About Education Programs

We create global citizens. The World Affairs Council’s educational programming directly reaches more than 2,600 students in 89 middle schools and high schools in the Greater Philadelphia area each year and has touched the lives of over one million students since the Council’s inception in 1949. Featuring large-scale conferences and workshops simulating global forums, the Council’s education programs are designed to challenge students to work collaboratively and creatively to solve some of the major global problems of the 21st century.

Additionally, our students have access to leadership workshops, international community service projects, scholarship opportunities, and speaker events and private briefings with some of the leading public figures and scholars on the world stage today.

Read the 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR-END REPORT HERE.

High School Programs

Membership provides high school students and educators from the Greater Philadelphia area unparalleled access to influential leaders and policymakers in the global arena as well our comprehensive suite of global education programming.

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Middle School Programs

The Student Diplomat Program / Jr. Model United Nations is a five-month journey introducing middle school students from the Greater Philadelphia area to the world of international relations and cultural diplomacy. With an emphasis on developing students' research, writing and communication skills, the Student Diplomat Program meets a growing demand for international affairs curricula in area middle schools.

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International Student Summit

Resources for the 2018 International Student Summit (Rising Africa: Finding a Path to a Sustainable and Egalitarian Future) are now available!

Global Scholars Certificate Program

The Global Scholars Certificate advances the integration of global cultural awareness, critical thinking, and investigative skills into Pennsylvania's high school curriculum. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia offers the Global Scholars Certificate to select high schools across the Commonwealth.

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Global Smarts Mentoring Program

The Global Smarts Mentoring Program is a rigorous global literacy tutoring program that pairs college-level student mentors from Saint Joseph's University with middle school students from under-resourced and low- to middle-income Philadelphia public, parochial and charter schools. Through weekly individual and small-group instruction, mentors provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to confidently participate in the Council's annual, region-wide Jr. Model United Nations Conference.

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Bodine High School for International Affairs

Founded in 1981 as a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs features a humanities and foreign-language centered college preparatory program and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

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John Lazarich Leadership Liaison

Since Bodine's founding 37 years ago, the Council has provided a regularly scheduled, on-site liaison who works closely with Bodine students and faculty to augment the school’s international curriculum by providing a variety of global affairs programming, in-class speakers, special assemblies, international student exchange programs, and a diverse array of academic field trips and study abroad excursions.

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Global Education Resources

Informed students and citizens demand access to quality information. The Global Education Resources page aims to provide students and global citizens the resources they need to stay informed, educated and inquisitive about global affairs.

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Program Archive

Archived pages with details and information pertaining to programs from the last 4 years.

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Education Sponsors

  • AMETEK Foundation, Inc

  • The Ryan Charitable Trust

  • The McLean Contributionship

  • Comcast Foundation

  • Firstrust Bank

  • UGI Corporation

  • AmeriGas

  • Connelly Foundation

  • Leo Niessen Charitable Trust

  • Wells Fargo Foundation

  • Temple University - Fox School of Business

  • The Subaru of America Foundation

  • Lincoln Financial Group

  • The Penn Museum

  • University of Pennsylvania - Middle East Center

  • The Hellendall Family Foundation

  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

  • The Samuel Tabas Family Foundation

  • Althea de Baun Budd Foundation

  • Quaker Chemical Foundation

  • Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial

  • Hamilton Family Foundation

  • Greater Philadelphia Elementary Education Foundation


Global Smarts Mentoring Program Sponsors

  • Connelly Foundation

  • The Ryan Charitable Trust

  • Wells Fargo

  • Mark Stover (Teacher at Jenkintown Middle School)

  • Comcast Foundation

  • Mr. Joseph Berquist

  • Quaker Chemical Foundation

  • Hamilton Family Charitable Trust

  • Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial

  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

  • Lincoln Financial Group

  • The Fox School of Business at Temple University

  • Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Daniel B. and Florence E. Green Family Foundation

  • Saint Joseph’s University

  • Greater Philadelphia Elementary Education Foundation