People of RCN2018-10-25T09:15:50+00:00

People of RCN

Hans Walter (RCN ’03-’05)

I met Juan José, a bright 8-year-old boy, in a soccer training program in Medellin, Colombia in 2013. I still remember Juan José because he was special: he had just recovered from brain tumor treatment. His doggedness to learn by playing soccer and his keenness to share with other kids later became core principles of the out-of-school programs I began to work on. The story of Juan José [...]

May 13th, 2019|

Kainat (RCN ’17-’19)

UWC Red Cross Nordic is Kainat’s tenth school. The frequent school changes were not a result of the family moving to new places but came from her desire to get a good quality education.  She is the first born to a family of three children and started reading books at an early age. Kainat sees the connection between her desire for a quality education and her love of [...]

April 23rd, 2019|

Maarten Hillebrandt (RCN ’01-’03)

If ever a national stereotype applied to a young adolescent, for me, it would be the famed Dutch directness. From a young age, I strived to “tell it as I see it”. In high school, this got me into trouble with the board, when the school newspaper of which I was editor-in-chief published a series of less-than-favourable articles about disruptive building works on the school grounds. As I entered Red [...]

November 14th, 2018|

Guðmundur Hegner Jónsson – Rektor

Guðmundur and Katarina "This place is so full of life, even before we have started the term." Katarina has arrived here to work together with Guðmundur, who is starting his new position as Rektor at UWC Red Cross Nordic. He expands on her early impressions with enthusiasm, "This is a place where people can embrace the people around them and discover themselves in ways that are unique [...]

September 21st, 2018|

Junette Maxis (RCN ’05-’07)

Clinton Global Initiative Stay Hungry In 2011, I was attending the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) event when the former US president Bill Clinton said to me, “Stay hungry”. I must admit, although I heard the words, it would take a few years for me to understand exactly what he meant. Back then, I was a senior at Luther College in Iowa. During my years at UWC [...]

August 29th, 2018|