Student Resources

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston believes in helping young people to become global citizens. That’s why we offer a wide range of opportunities for Houston high school students. Resources include Student World Affairs Councils (SWACs) and our Global Scholars Academy.

Virtual Tours

Art Museums Around the Globe

Houston Zoo

Every day at 11 a.m., the Houston Zoo hosts a Facebook Live to show the lives of the animals in the zoo.

National Parks

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is a new Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary timed to launch in celebration of this month’s NPS Centennial. The exhibit allows you to take 360-degree tours of some of the most remote and beautiful U.S. National Parks.

Student World Affairs Council (SWAC)

The Council provides high school students with opportunities to hear and meet distinguished scholars, authors and political leaders from around the world. SWAC chapters compete in trivia challenges and other events. SWAC also provides scholarship opportunities for high school students in Houston. Students can even start their own chapter under the guidance of a faculty sponsor.

The Global Scholars Academy

Through this academy, we offer students from grades 7th through 12th a globally-focused curriculum that includes classes, projects and extracurricular activities and trips. The academy provides foreign affairs student resources in Houston that broadens their perspective on and understanding of the world.

Students who complete the academy receive volunteer service hours that they can use for school club and honor society requirements. Of course, completion of the academy always looks good on college applications as well.

Who We Are

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. We’re committed to providing unbiased learning opportunities for people of all ages. However, our work with students and teachers is particularly important, because they will be the global leaders of tomorrow.

We want our young members to have the best foreign affairs student resources in Houston. Even if they don’t pursue a career in foreign affairs, the experiences and education they get through the Council will help them be better citizens of the world, which is becoming more interconnected every day.