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‘I wanted to give something back’ 

ESU governor Gillian Day tells us about her Secondary School Exchange to Brooklyn in 1983

Lincolnshire kick-starts fundraising

A private view of Doddington Hall’s summer exhibition was the perfect start to the season’s fundraising for Lincolnshire branch

‘I hope that Martin Luther King did not die in vain’

ESU alumna Daphne James reflects on her time in Washington DC in 1968 in light of the recent surge in support for the Black Lives Matter movement 

‘An unforgettable experience’ 

From circus skills to managing a budget, Abhijith Subramanian learnt more on the ESU’s Secondary School Exchange than he ever could have imagined

‘I have been inspired to be the best version of myself’ 

Oscar Houseago reflects on his time at The Stony Brook School, New York, on the ESU’s Secondary School Exchange 

Summer reads 

Books to transport you, as picked by friends at International ESUs around the world

10 things you didn’t know about Japan  

From an island full of rabbits to ways to say sorry, Natasha McGowan uncovers some little-known facts about the land of the rising sun

How debating can make the world better

Julian Bell, Head of English and Debating at Godolphin and Latymer School, offers his thoughts on the importance of debating

‘Knowing how to express yourself is key to absolutely everything’ 

Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis is impressed by the students in the West Sussex area finals of the ESU’s Performing Shakespeare competition

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