Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 27, 2018

Arctic expedition opportunity!

February 27th, 2018|

Are you a candidate to go on an Arctic expedition for global change makers?

Along with other UWCs, we have been asked by Norway-based FutureTalks to help them recruit a total of 10 young leaders (18-25 years old) to go on an expedition to the Arctic, August 2018, as part of a group of 100 global leaders and change makers. The other participants of the expedition are current leaders in different fields; politics, arts, research, business etc.

UWC RCN will nominate a max of 2 current students and max 2 recent alums to be put forward to a pool of candidates from which 10 individuals will be chosen.

The ship has warming suits + life jackets for all. All delegates will receive a gift bag from Future Talks with wool underwear. Participants will need to bring normal warm hiking boots.  The expedition is mostly on the ship with on shore excursions. Nothing out of the usual will be needed. But warm clothes and hiking boots – yes.

What are they looking for? FutureTalks wants to invite individuals with a passion and a clear drive to make a change.

How do you apply?
Please fill in the attached form by 4th of March and –
Alumni should send the form to: mostak.rahman@uwcrcn.no
Current RCN students should send the form to: hildegunn.arstein@uwcrcn.no

Cost implications: FutureTalks will cover the costs of the actual expedition for each UWC. Alumni can apply to RCN towards covering the costs of flights from Oslo to/from the Arctic (booked through Hurtigruta at NOK 6000 per person) and accommodation in Oslo for two nights.

FutureTalks is an impact initiative co-founded by a UWC alumna, Silje Vallestad, whom is also a serial entrepreneur that has been honoured as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and one of the top 20 business thinkers in the Nordics. With FutureTalks she continues her mission to connect and engage passionate and entrepreneurial youth with global leaders from all sectors in discussions around the future of humanity and our planet. Cross sectors. Cross national borders. Cross generations.

From August 23-28th this year 100 hand-picked delegates are invited on an Arctic expedition. This will be a true adventure and journey – both literally as they explore the Arctic dessert together, and personally connecting with brilliant people and discussing the path forward for humanity and our planet. This expedition will initiate FutureTalks and the community of FutureThinkers cross generations, sectors and borders. A one day conference in Oslo will kickstart the journey.

FutureTalks wants to engage the young, and has teamed up with the UWC International to help find a diverse group of youth aged 18-25 to join the expedition. We are looking for the “changemakers”. Those who see challenges and opportunities – and act on them. The future entrepreneurs and leaders. They need to be passionate and have a fire in them. Be the ones who start things. The ones who jump on this opportunity because they understand that this is only the start, and that this network can help them scale and grow any initiative in the future.The organizers are looking for diversity and especially encourage students from non-western countries to apply.

21.02.18 Arne Osland

Neil Davis Friluftsliv PBL

February 25th, 2018|

Here is  report written by one of the participating students on this years Neil Davis Friluftsliv PBL.  Each year the family of deceased RCN alumnus Neil Davis offer funds towards supporting this event appreciating the memory of Neil’s enjoyment of his friluftsliv experiences at RCN.

I was really shocked and surprised in the best way possible when I found out that I had been accepted into the snow caving PBL, and until we had the first two meetings about equipment and the theory behind snow caving and food and other stuff I didn’t quite realise that it was actually real. I guess I didn’t even realise that it was real before I sat on the bus, backpack packed, wearing outdoor clothes and with skis next to the seat! And so, the PBL started. After a 90-minute drive up and into the Gaularfjell, and a short ski trip of 45 minutes, we found a place that looked good to build a snow cave – where snow had collected and with no possibility for avalanche. When we checked with the snow probe, it didn’t hit any ground, there was so much snow! It took us about three hours of hard shovelling to build the cave, and it felt like an eternity, but the result turned out surprisingly cosy and warm. It was really difficult to get a smooth roof and an even floor, something we felt in the night when we slept on bumps and water dripped, but it was still cool to see what one can build out of only snow! After all the digging, we were exhausted, so we made some dinner and went to sleep early.

The next morning, we woke up at around nine, and it was great to get that much sleep for the first time in weeks. We got more than twelve hours of sleep every night, and it was amazing how happy and energised that made us! After porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast, we went on a ski trip to explore the local area: some skiing, some falling as we got used to the telemark skis. Then we had some lunch, and split up as people wanted to do different things. Some continued to ski, trying various techniques (jumps; face-plants; etc) and enjoying the sun; two built a wall out of blocks sawn out of snow in front of the cave to shelter us from wind, and one artist carved some beautiful faces into the hard snow. Then dinner, tomato soup as the day before, with noodles for some and couscous for others, to varying degrees of satisfaction, and much debate on preferences. As it got darker, some went into the cave to sleep while others skied a bit more and enjoyed the stars. Some were even better at skiing in the dark, maybe because they didn’t see the trees?!


Waking up the next morning, it felt kind of weird to realise that it was already the last day, and we all tried to make the most of it, even as it was very cold – minus 8 degrees C? After breakfast of porridge and hot chocolate, we went on another ski trip, and it was really cool to see how much everyone had improved. After lunch we packed our bags and skied back, filled with incredible memories and ready to continue the busy life on campus.

Florina Hugenschmidt (UWC RCN ’16 – ’18)

Gender Week at the College

February 17th, 2018|

24-hour Notice Board

Gender Week is a student-initiated event that encourages discussion on topics related to gender and sexuality. We started it off with an engaging panel on inter-sectional feminism that sparked discussions about historical reactions to feminism, cultural differences and questions related to raising children in today’s society.

During a panel discussion

There were some powerful performances in the Vagina Monologues, organised by the Feminist Club, with personal original pieces being performed. Another panel centred around the #MeToo Campaign discussing the role that gender plays in sexual harassment and also raised the question if positive discrimination should be promoted within institutions. Four second year students presented their gender-related extended essays. The driving forces of the week have been the student groups GAS and the Feminist Club. They managed to create events that promoted genuine dialogue and sharing of perspectives, under the guidance of teacher Lisa Jokivirta.

Nordic United World Screens

February 12th, 2018|

Harald Møller and Zoya Taylor have offered to commission a video project in cooperation with Kim Køste of Nordic Screens with the aim to increase the visibility of our work. As part of the planning process Kim visited us this weekend to share his ideas, meet with interested students, listen to their ideas and get going. We will develop a youtube channel as a platform for telling student stories through vlogs and other short videos. Interested to see the first ones? Watch this space!

Here’s Kim’s first vlog, made during and after his recent visit. (The first three minutes are in Norwegian, the rest is in English.)