2018 WLSA Student Conference Review

The 2018 Student Conference featured:

BUILD Sessions

During the conference the BUILD model was introduced and led by students from the African Leadership Academy. Students were placed into small groups of 4-5, and focused on one topic to extensively work on through the use of the BUILD model. Throughout the week, the groups worked on their projects with a final presentation (Deliver) at the end of the conference. 


The BUILD model is an entrepreneurial leadership tool. It is a human-centered, iterative approach to entrepreneurial thinking used to develop innovations that address the root cause of problems. The BUILD model takes participants through the steps of Build, Understand, Invent, Listen, Deliver. Each step contains it's own objectives, as well as challenges, for participants to learn to believe in themselves through an increase in confidence and motivation.


Keynote Speakers

Holistic Life Foundation | The Holistic Life Foundation from Balitmore, USA spoke about the power of finding their individual inner peace in times and surroundings that may be stressful. The group took students through meditation practices, yoga sessions and mindfulness.


Tanatsei Gambura | Tanatsei Gambura from the African Leadership Academy opened the conference with a speech about finding a passion and using that passion to change the world. Tanatsei challenged students to find value in one another, to be thankful for their resources and to exercise self-love.


Zena Edosomwan | Zena Edosomwan provided testimonies of university life and finding your place after high school.

Cultural Experiences

The location and hosts of this year's conference offered an engaging cultural experience for students.  The week included excursions around Jeju Island and Korean Culture Night hosted by students from the Korean international School. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Gil-ja-byi Taekwondoe
  • Seongsan Sunrise Peak
  • Manjanggul Caves
  • Hyeop-jae Beach
  • K-pop Music & Dance
  • Calligraphy & Korean symbols
  • Traditional Games
  • Food Tastings
  • History of the conflict between the North & South

6 Continents | 25 Schools | 200 Students



Congratulations to Caitlin Chung from Harvard-Westlake School for being selected as Best Delegate. Caitlin will speak at the 2019 WLSA Conference in Prague.


We would love to hear your stories from the Student Conference. If you would like to share your experiences, please write in to info@wlsafoundation.org


The 2019 WLSA Conference will take place July 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. The 2019 Conference is for education professionals. Click the icon for more information.

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