Waterfalls and Hot Springs at the foothills of Kilimanjaro

The sight of the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain upon our arrival at the tiny little airport of Arusha was absolutely breathtaking. We disembarked from our small airplane and walked over to the arrival hall while still admiring the beautiful view surrounding us. An endless blue sky, white cottoncandy like clouds spread across it and Mount Kilimanjaro … Continue reading Waterfalls and Hot Springs at the foothills of Kilimanjaro

Meditation, yoga and mindfulness in the mountains of Thailand

Exactly one month left until graduation and the graduation dinner for secondyears is already over (blogpost about it is coming up soon)! Iam taking a very deep breath while writing this sentence. It is almost unbeliavable how fast time goes by! Secondyears have officially finished all their classes and will be swimming in books and notes … Continue reading Meditation, yoga and mindfulness in the mountains of Thailand

Ugandan Nights in Hong Kong: Watoto Children’s Choir

UNICEF approximates that 50 million orphans live in sub-saharan Africa, one quarter of whom have lost their parents to AIDS. Currently, 7.2 percent of Uganda’s population is living with HIV. This amounts to an estimated 1.4 million people, which includes 190,000 children. An estimated 62,000 people died from AIDS in 2011 and 1.1 million children have … Continue reading Ugandan Nights in Hong Kong: Watoto Children’s Choir

Green-blue Flannels and an unexpected stay in the hospital

While writing this post I was snuggling under a layer of three blue blankets surrounded by the beep-noise of monitors and ringing telephones paired with the sound of hurried pairs of white shoes on  peach-colored vinyl floor. To my left a very sweet old lady dressed in green and blue flannel pyjamas was snoring lightly … Continue reading Green-blue Flannels and an unexpected stay in the hospital

Second Year at LPC!

Hello my lovely readers! I am back in Hong Kong!  Well, well… the last weeks have been so busy that I simply didn’t have time to write, but my second year at LPC has started! Unbelievable how fast last year and summer went by! I have been back at Li Po Chun for almost three weeks … Continue reading Second Year at LPC!

ANZAC Day

This post is part of my attempt to catch up on a few events that I have not had the time to write about. (I am currently finishing up the blogpost regarding graduation day). So, for now, let’s go back in time and start with ANZAC Day: The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand … Continue reading ANZAC Day

We’re in the Radio! (Part 2)

It’s been a while, but if you recall, Cengiz (Turkey/Azerbaijan), Munya (Zimbabwe), Sakib (Bangladesh) and me had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by Hong Kongs biggest public broadcasting organisation, currently operating seven radio channels. We gave an interview for Radio Television Hong Kong’s “Teen Times” about Initiative for Peace. You can read the original blog … Continue reading We’re in the Radio! (Part 2)

I will be living with an indigenous tribe in summer! But I also need your help!

This is going to be a little longer and different than the previous blog posts. I am going back to Malaysia this summer! No, not for diving though: I have been very lucky to be selected into the Southeast Asian Leadership Network’s (SEALNet) Project Malaysia 2014 – Batang Kali. It is a two weeks service … Continue reading I will be living with an indigenous tribe in summer! But I also need your help!

The Newsletter and United World Magazine are out!

Exams are over and new version of our school newsletter is out! A must-read is the section about the “ul imin” Art exhibition of our second-year art students.The art pieces were absolutely beautiful (photos will be uploaded soon) Snapshots of events, such as the filming of the UWC promotional video, inspirational guest speakers and the Verbatim … Continue reading The Newsletter and United World Magazine are out!

When the President turns over his position to children’s representatives

Today is a very special day for children in Turkey and all over the world: It’s 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day! (23 Nisan Cocuk Bayrami)   The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It … Continue reading When the President turns over his position to children’s representatives

Surf ‘n Turf

No, this post is not about sea food and steak: It is about an attempt to hike up and down the mountains in the hope of finding one of Hong Kong’s best surf spots. Through my previous posts you might have noticed that I fell even more in love with hiking since coming to Hong … Continue reading Surf ‘n Turf

Graduation Dinner

Time truly flies by, there is about a month left before all of us hop back in airplanes and fly back to our homecountries. 250 students scattered across the globe again… But before that: exams and graduation. While the secondyears’ actual graduation is still a few weeks away, the graduation dinner – a wonderful occasion to … Continue reading Graduation Dinner

We’re in the radio! An interview for the RTHK Teen Times

I never thought I would be in the radio. But life is full of surprises and so Munya (Zimbabwe), Sakib (Bangladesh), Cengiz (Turkey) and I had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by RTHK, Hong Kongs biggest public broadcasting organisation, currently operating seven radio channels. After a short bus ride, we arrived at the RTHK … Continue reading We’re in the radio! An interview for the RTHK Teen Times

“Point of parliamentary inquiry”: Model UN Day

This week has been declared Model United Nations Week at LPC. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. I have participated in several MUN conferences back home, but being a delegate at Li … Continue reading “Point of parliamentary inquiry”: Model UN Day

SAS Project Week: Witnessing the Effects of Forced Prostitution

A week ago I blogged about project week, orphan trafficking and our school’s anti-human trafficking organization, Students Against Slavery (SAS), one of the Quan Cais which is most dear to me, as I strongly believe in the freedom of the individual and in female empowerment.  Now it has been several weeks since we returned to … Continue reading SAS Project Week: Witnessing the Effects of Forced Prostitution

United World Schools E3 Ponlufest: A charity for education

Last week our school hosted the “E3: Ponlufest” a charity concert with the aim to raise funds for United World Schools (UWS). Now you might be wondering: United World Schools? Wasn’t it United World Colleges? United world schools is an independent charity, founded in 2008, providing the opportunity to read, write and count to children … Continue reading United World Schools E3 Ponlufest: A charity for education

Orphan Trafficking

Would it have crossed your mind that by sponsoring an orphaned child  to give it  opportunity to go to school or by volunteering at an orphanage you would be unintentionally supporting a criminal business? Search Google images for “Volunteering Orphanage” and you will be surprised at the number of pictures showing children with foreigners who … Continue reading Orphan Trafficking

It’s cold!

Time for a little update! What’s new? Besides preparing for tests, first-years are busy thinking about topics for their Extended Essay an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper, which is required to pass the IB. It aims to provide practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level … Continue reading It’s cold!

Middle Eastern Hospitality

  One of the most beautiful sides of attending a UWC is the opportunity to explore and “taste” different culture, as well as share your own. Last night, Belce (Turkey), Jessica (Lebanon/Slovakia), Louise (Uganda), Sarah (USA) and me went out for Turkish dinner at Istanbul Express, a Turkish restaurant in East TST. It was absolutely … Continue reading Middle Eastern Hospitality

Chinese New Year Part 2: A fishing village, a temple and MTR announcements

The second day of Chinese New Year was just as wonderful, if not even better than the first one. Miranda (HK/Singapore/US) had invited Jessica (Lebanon/Slovakia), Jane (Armenia), Miren (Spain) and me for dinner and a sleepover at her house, where we were greeted with warm smiles and the friendly bark of her dog “bear”. Our … Continue reading Chinese New Year Part 2: A fishing village, a temple and MTR announcements

The hardships of being a refugee: Initiative for Peace and Amnesty International COP Day

This week we had another Change of Pace Day (COP Day), organized by our school’s Amnesty International and Initiative for Peace (IFP) Quan Cai. As a member of both groups, I had the wonderful opportunity to facilitate throughout the entire day. At 9 am the assembly hall opened its doors to all first years that … Continue reading The hardships of being a refugee: Initiative for Peace and Amnesty International COP Day

Guru Shops and Sting-of-a-Bee-Cakes: Christmas Break in Berlin

The Guru Shop. Still not quite convinced by the fact that I am actually back in Berlin, and actually walking through my absolute favorite place to be – the Bergmannstraße – and passing by this famous little store again, I decided to expand my blog post location to good ‘ole Germany. One week of Christmas … Continue reading Guru Shops and Sting-of-a-Bee-Cakes: Christmas Break in Berlin

Highlights Part 1: A Wedding and the European Cultural Evening

Cultural Evenings are always something we all look forward to. But only during ECE I realized that having your own Cultural Evening is very different from just participating in one. As during all cultural evenings, we changed our facebook profile pictures as well. After quite a hard time deciding between many creative options, we decided … Continue reading Highlights Part 1: A Wedding and the European Cultural Evening

A visit to the Anatolia Cultural and Dialogue Center

Our MESCA (Middle East, South- and Central Asia) group went to ACDC on the weekend. I am not talking about the famous rock band, no, we went to the Anatolia Cultural and Dialogue Center. ACDC is is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 to promote better understanding and closer relations between the Turkish and the Hong … Continue reading A visit to the Anatolia Cultural and Dialogue Center

Happy Thanksgivukkah

Yesterday we celebrated “Thanksgivukkah” the collision of Thanksgiving with Hanukkah. This festive overlap is rarer than a planetary alignment, having occured just a couple times in history. And because of the differences in the Gregorian and the Hebrew calendar this is basically the last Thanksgivukkah that will happen for more than 75,000 years! Thanksgiving is … Continue reading Happy Thanksgivukkah

China Week: Teaching children, experiencing tribal life and discovering Guangzhou

First of all I would like to apologize for not blogging in the past weeks. The days were packed with activities and with IP’s (Individual Projects – Theater Performances written and directed by our lovely second-years) and ECE, the European Cultural Evening coming up there is barely any free time. Well… and last week I … Continue reading China Week: Teaching children, experiencing tribal life and discovering Guangzhou

Art Underwater

I came across something incredible that I would like to share with you – an absolutely beautiful combination of art and marine conservation: The latest cement sculptures of British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor  that are going to  join the over 500 others off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte), a monumental … Continue reading Art Underwater

Change of Pace Day – Dragon’s back and Big Wave Bay

Yesterday way  “Change of Pace Day (COP-Day)”,  a day in which the school is “slowed down” to improve the quality of learning and  give us student the opportunity to take a little rest from the academic work. Each block had planned a different activity, most of them being hikes on different trails in Hong Kong. … Continue reading Change of Pace Day – Dragon’s back and Big Wave Bay

Saving the ocean

Together with a few Coral Monitors and Eco-Monitors I attended a lecture on marine biodiversity and conservation of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong University. The lecture was held by Professor Brian Morton, a world-renowned professor specializing in marine biology, marine ecology and malacology. He spent almost 34 years working in The University of Hong Kong (HKU) … Continue reading Saving the ocean

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery: Turkish-Israeli Outing

Today was the day of our first “Turkish-Israeli-Outing”, meaning that all Turkish (Belce, Cengiz and me) and Israeli (Shira and guy) students got together to spend a day with each other (besides the wonderful time together, this also had diplomatic value). Cengiz my secondyear and Shira, Guy’s secondyear, had planned the day: a visit to … Continue reading Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery: Turkish-Israeli Outing

Amber rain

The sky was quite dark when we woke up. Just before breakfast it started to rain. I have to admit that the weather is quite confusing for me.😀 In Germany it is impossible to wear shorts and a T-Shirt when it’s raining because the weather instantly cools down. Here it is still warm! It was … Continue reading Amber rain

Orientation week Day 3: Campus Sustainability and tutor dessert

We went back to the assembly hall for the Campus Sustainability Meeting.  Campus Sustainability is not a CAS-activity, it is a committee that is free to join. The members are constantly thinking about new ways of saving energy and making the school “greener”. On of the Environmental Systems teachers gave us a little presentation about … Continue reading Orientation week Day 3: Campus Sustainability and tutor dessert

Orientation Week: Day 3 – Quan Cai Fair and Dancing in the rain

After being introduced to the different areas of Community Service yesterday, today was focussed on the academics and other service groups (Action, Creativity, Campus Service) The morning started with a briefing in the assembly hall. Nick, the Director of Studies gave us an academic introduction in which he outlined the components of the IB, the … Continue reading Orientation Week: Day 3 – Quan Cai Fair and Dancing in the rain

Flying to Hong Kong

When I arrived at Tegel airport, I finally realized that I was truly going to Hong Kong. Slowly everything was falling into place. Exchanging money, checking-in my (overweight) luggage, finding the gate… My friends surprised me once again… and one more time I don’t know how to thank them for everything. When you see the … Continue reading Flying to Hong Kong

Camera on board!

After  years of saving up money, going to flea markets to find people who’d buy all my clothes that don’t fit anymore and selling all my electronic devices (including my “old” camera that went through literally “everything” with me) it was just about time for me to get a new camera. Finally! I have to … Continue reading Camera on board!

Farewell-Party

“Can miles truly separate you from friends. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” ― Richard Bach  Last Friday, my family and friends surprised me with a big farewell party, which was held in the café at my school. The entrance door was decorated with a beautiful poster made … Continue reading Farewell-Party

Support Me!

I finally set up my fundraiser page! Attending UWC in Hong Kong is be a lifetime opportunity for me. I am lucky to receive a partial scholarship, however it does not include the costs for airfare to Hong Kong and back and the spending money. Even with the support of my entire family I am … Continue reading Support Me!