In August, some CHS students will leave Carrboro for more unconventional programs, including United World Colleges (UWC) and Global Citizen.
Bella Larsen, junior, is one of those students. Starting this fall, Larsen will join the United World Colleges in New Mexico for a program spanning two years.
UWC consists of schools and colleges in 17 countries, with one school in the U.S comprised of 75 percent international students.
When asked why she applied to UWC Larsen said “as an American, I sort of feel ignorant of other cultures unintentionally, so I want to broaden my scope. I also want to grow as a person and be more prepared for going into college and past college.”
According to Larsen, UWC students described every day as culture shock because they met several people from different backgrounds.
The curriculum for 16 to 19 year olds is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Students choose to study one of the six following courses: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics or the arts.
“From what I’ve heard, [the curriculum] is still as vigorous [as CHS] but it’s different,” said Larsen. “There’s less homework intensity but more intensity of what you’re learning and taking it to a real life level.”
Other CHS students will travel outside the U.S through a program called Global Citizen.
Global Citizen, which functions as a gap year program, spans over nine months. Applicants rank their preference of the four countries offered by the program: Senegal, India, Ecuador and Brazil.
Senior Leo Salvatore will spend his nine months in Brazil, and hopes to be influenced by its musical culture.
“My ultimate goal is to use music as a way to teach people about different social issues,” said Salvatore “[I want to] use music as the bridge between different groups of people.”
Within the first month of arriving in their country, participants will take part in apprenticeships within the community.
“You can work at a local business, school, farm, or clinic depending on your strengths,” said senior Yessi Martinez. “You can have multiple apprenticeships [during your time].”
Aside from the experience participants hope to gain, other important factors included cost.
“I wouldn’t have gone if I didn’t get financial aid,” said Martinez. “It costs around a year of college tuition.”
Luckily, UWC offers blind need for all students applying, and everyone receives a scholarship. And under Global Citizen over 80 percent of participants receive financial aid.