K-12 Outreach Program

Since 1944, WACNO has provided numerous educational and social opportunities to local adults interested in learning about global issues. Now, with the development of our new K-12 Outreach Program, we hope to reach local youth. The program was created in 2012 to provide New Orleans area students with community-based educational programs that will help them develop into internationally-minded citizens and leaders. In addition to sponsoring local teacher workshops and developing partnerships with local schools and nonprofits, the K-12 Outreach Program is currently developing two projects in which local students, teachers, and other community members can participate.

Academic World Quest Competition

Academic World Quest is a youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. Teams around the country, each comprised of four high school students, spend months studying materials provided by WACA. At the end of their studies, approximately 4000 students representing 45 communities in 26 states participate in competitions hosted by local World Affairs Councils. During the competition, students prove their knowledge of international affairs by answering questions covering ten unique and engaging thematic categories.Each World Affairs Councils’ winning team is invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the national competition, held in the spring in Washington, DC.

Academic World Quest provides students with the opportunity to learn geography, world history, and world affairs in a fun and competitive format which is aligned with the Common Core Standards. We are presently seeking high schools which might be interested in forming teams for the next Academic Year.

Teachers and Speakers Project

The WACNO Teachers and Speakers Project is a network that allows teachers to contact local, national, and international community members interested in sharing their knowledge in local classrooms. The use of guest speakers can be an excellent way to build upon social studies, science, arts, and world language units. We are presently seeking local community members who might be interested in sharing their international expertise in local classrooms.

If you are interested in joining WACNO in its mission to develop internationally-minded students in our state by participating in either of these programs, please contact Christina Kiel, WACNO K-12 Outreach Program Coordinator, at

Speaker Series

WACNO’s main vehicle for educating people on foreign affairs is our Speakers Series Program. The Speaker Series Program provides an opportunity for first-hand exposure to prominent statesmen, diplomats, journalists, educators, scholars, and business and military leaders. Ample time is allowed for questions and interactive discussion with individuals who are making today’s headlines and affecting the policies and initiatives of the global village. The briefings take place in a variety of forums, including luncheon and dinner programs, lecture presentations, and informal discussion groups.

Great Decisions

Free and open to the public, Great Decisions is designed to create a more informed and engaged citizenry by bringing people together to talk about global affairs. Each meeting, a facilitator will give an overview of the topic and then lead a balanced, yet thought-provoking, discussion.

The Great Discussion series is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). Each session focuses on a topic that the FPA has identified as of vital interest to the US. To support these discussions, the FPA publishes a book of articles, which provide historical background, relevant facts, policy options, analysis, recommended supplemental readings, and suggested discussion questions.

The Great Decisions book may be purchased from WACNO during any session for $20. For advance purchase or more information, please contact us at

Dining Internationally

Who doesn’t love to eat in New Orleans? How about eating with a little learning as lagniappe? Join us at our signature program, Dining Internationally, where WACNO foodies meet and mingle at an ethnic eatery to sample the cuisine and listen to the chef, who dishes about the culinary culture of the country represented by the restaurant.

A very popular program with members and future members, Dining Internationally provides a unique way to learn more about the people of the world through food and fellowship. For further information contact WACNO at


Members of the World Affairs Council of New Orleans meet each month for “PubNite,” an evening of fun and fellowship.

Our evening is Dutch treat, casual, and inclusive and provides an opportunity for our members of all ages to get to know one another and discover the many interests–cultural, linguistic, geographic, civic, professional, academic–they have in common. Please join us!

Travel Opportunities

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia has been offering tours to its members and to Cooperating Councils for more than 20 years. These trips offer all the highlights of touring plus access to political leaders and other local experts who give behind-the-scenes views and briefings that make these trips special and unique. Because of its reputation as one of the nation’s leading forums, the Philadelphia Council program has established connections around the globe that offer travelers insights into cultures and countries beyond that attainable through other touring experiences. See Travel the World or contact