United Nations & Red Cross, Switzerland

This past week our entire house visited the United Nations in Geneva and the Red Cross in Geneva. 

Because our group is so large, we split into two groups based off our house floors. Our morning started off with a tour of the United Nations and in the afternoon we went to the Red Cross. 

The tour began by waiting in a long line through security to make sure we were safe to enter. Imagine it just like airport security but dressed in buisness casual attire.

During the tour of the United Nations and Geneva, we visited many of the conference and seminar rooms where we learned about the system and unction of the UN. We also learned about seminars and meetings are translated into the main languages of the United Nations. 

During the tour of the United Nations and Geneva, we visited many of the conference and seminar rooms where we learned about the system and unction of the UN. We also learned about seminars and meetings are translated into the main languages of the United Nations. 

After lunch in a beautiful park in Geneva, we went to the Red Cross which was a walking tour of how the Red Cross was formed and why it was created. It was very moving. One room was filled with letters back and forth from soliders during World War One that help track the location and their stories regarding injuries and deaths. It was incredible. 

Throughout the exhibit there were various activities that you could interact with. In order to get to the mail room (where all the letters I was talking about were held) you had to walk through the the metal chains above. 

Another activity was focused on how people follow along with the leader and it was shown by placing your hand on the wall and a light image would follow it around. Some people attracted the light more than others. It was really fun to place with but also had an interesting message. 

On another wall was hundreds and hundreds of pictures of children who were missing their parents after a natural disaster and these were copies of the photographs the Red Cross took in order to help parents reconnect with their child. 

In another room was a banner from a war in Middle East. It was powerful to see these pieces in an exhibit the way they were layed out.

The day ended by taking the bus back to Lausanne and reflecting on all that we had witnessed.