Here is some of the feedback we’ve received from former campers and United Nations guests...

It is so much fun! You will meet the most interesting people and do the craziest things. If you think you’ll be bored here, even if you don’t know anything about international relations, if you’ve never heard about the UN before, you’ll still have a great time. I would recommend it 100% to anyone!
— Rowan Ley, former student
One of the great things I took away from SUNIA was just a basic knowledge of how the UN works on a day-to-day basis. I also took away some really great and meaningful friendships. I definitely recommend this camp to anybody.
— Lauren Hall, former student
I’d say the best thing about SUNIA is that it’s a camp that isn’t only devoted to the UN. Although you do get to learn about social issues, you also get to spend a lot of time by a really pretty lake, going on great hikes where the view is unbelievable and you also just get to meet and hang out with a lot of new and really interesting people. I definitely recommend you check it out.
— Jasmin Bal, former student
SUNIA was one of the best camps I’ve ever been to. ... The counsellors are great: they have so much enthusiasm and they care for each and every one of the students who come here. It’s one of the best camps anywhere in the world. ... Everything about this camp and the bonding you do is phenomenal. It’s number one in my books.
— Connor Foy, former student
It has to be one of the best weeks of my life. All the activities we did, the counsellors and the people I met made it a blast.
— Harini Kav, former student
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It’s an experience like no other. There’s gorgeous mountains, a beautiful lake and great hikes. If you get the opportunity, please go to this camp!
— Tim Choi, former student
At SUNIA, no matter what you’ll be doing, it’ll be fun-packed!
— Sai Veumla, former student
SUNIA was amazing. They were so accommodating to all of my health needs and dietary concerns, which was great. However, my personal favourite part was all the people I got to meet, from the campers who I spent all the time with and now have lasting friendships with, to the counsellors who were inspiring and brilliant and ridiculous every minute of the day. There were also the guest speakers, who hung out with us and were so approachable and willing to share their stories and hear some of ours as well.
— Mallory McNiven, former student
What I really likes about SUNIA was meeting a whole bunch of different people that I normally wouldn’t meet, like I’ve got a friend from Fort McMurray and one from PEI. It’s just really fun coming together and sharing a common interest.”
— Jordan Turco Bagshaw, former student

UN Guests

Students at the Top of Mount Baldy
An invaluable opportunity for young students to gain first-hand and realistic experience in the area of international affairs and United Nations activities.
— Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN
I had the privilege and pleasure of attending SUNIA 2011 as guest speaker from the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Working as economist in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, I gave lectures on economic development issues and discussed with the students some of the major development challenges the world is currently facing – in a seminar, but also during lunches and recreational activities (such as amazing hikes in the Rockies). The week at SUNIA was a fantastic and very rewarding experience – for me and, I am pretty sure, also for the students, who showed enormous enthusiasm and excitement for the topics we discussed. What I loved most about the experience, was the sense of working and learning together to make our planet a better place in an environment where everyone had a great time. I am certainly looking forward to participating at SUNIA again one day and I can recommend it to each student interested in the work of the UN and the most important political, social and economic issues at the international level.
— Ingo Pitterle, UN Economic Affairs Officer
… for more than forty years students from throughout Western Canada have come to the Seminar to learn about the key problems facing the international community and the world Organisation’s endeavours to resolve them. This is an especially welcome tradition in view of Canada’s long-standing and active commitment to the United Nations, a commitment which initiatives such as the Goldeye Seminars help to sustain …
— Javier Perez de Cuellar, former UN Secretary-General
I have been associated with the Seminar on United Nations and International Affairs (SUNIA) since 1994. The educational program for high school students organized by university-aged students and held annually is the most rewarding experiences I have had throughout my career with the United Nations. I have participated in the program, so far, four times: 1994, 2006, 2008 and 2011. I can attest to the fact that the one-week learning experience for each group consisting of about seventy students each week is unique in many ways;

First; it is the only program that students stay at the learning centre the entire period. They get to know each other, work, travel, eat, dance and learn as an interactive group.

Second; it is the only program that invites two UN officials for each week. The UN experts stay in the same compound and share same activities. They lecture, hold seminars and discussions with students but also share with them recreation trips, sports, and social activities. They avail themselves to person–to-person discussions and get to know the students at the personal level. I, personally, established long lasting friendship with some of the students and counselors who visited me here at my UN office and my home;

And Third; SUNIA is the most diverse student-oriented program that not only teach about the United Nations and global affairs alone but includes, as well, a number of recreational activities, sports and talent and mental development-exercises.

I am so proud to have been associated with SUNIA for many years as a UN official and as a professor. I am so happy to know that many of the students I met at Goldeye Center became successful professionals in all fields. It is my pleasure to continue to work with such talented and dedicated counselors who are committed to bringing up globally-aware young professionals.
— Hamid Abdeljaber, Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies (Rutgers University), former UN International Staff, and member of the UNDPI’s Speakers List