World Leadership School

WLS Programs in Texas

In this program, WLS partners with a local non-profit, Annunciation House, to provide students with a unique and humanizing view of immigration. Students have a chance to see the government agencies responsible for controlling the border, including the U.S. Border Patrol, the Federal Court System and Detention Center, as well as the many non-profits and religious organizations working on behalf of migrant workers and undocumented immigrants. Students get a first hand glimpse into the complexities of immigration and the struggles for those on both sides of the issue.

Why El Paso, Texas?

El Paso, Texas, has always been pulled between two different worlds. Because of its history, El Paso represents a fascinating window into the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border – and, in fact, the complexity of many international borders around the world. The nearly 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico sees 350 million legal crossings annually, making it the busiest border in the world. The more remote areas of the border see another estimated 500,000 illegal entries, and the U.S. government is ramping up efforts to better secure the border and pass immigration reform.

While the debate over U.S. immigration rages on, a tight-knit community of government and non-profit agencies continue to adapt to the ebbs and flows of migration over the border near El Paso. El Paso has been ranked the safest large city in the U.S. for four consecutive years, in front of New York City and Austin. Its standing as one of America’s safest large cities is due in large part to the cooperation between all the different organizations, government, non-profit, and business, which come together here at the border.

Staff and Safety

The safety of our programs rests on the experience and skills of our Staff, Country Coordinators and Instructors, who convene at our annual training in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley.

  • The Staff of World Leadership School have decades of experience working in different educational environments. Their focus is logistics, risk management, program design, professional development, and consulting.
  • Our Country Coordinators live and work year round in our overseas countries. They screen our homestay families, evaluate our transport and other service providers, and provide ground support for our groups.
  • Our Instructors are veteran educators with extensive international experience. They have wilderness first responder training and often have past affiliations with Peace Corps, Outward Bound, NOLS, and/or independent schools.

We strive to responsibly manage risks. Our itineraries minimize highway travel and maximize immersion in rural communities that we know well. We update our risk management protocols, integrate feedback into program design, and invest in safety and communication equipment. Despite these efforts, World Leadership School cannot guarantee safety nor can it eliminate the inherent and other risks of international student travel. For information regarding program activities and associated risks, risk management, and student and parent responsibilities, please contact our office.

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