King’s Academy, November 11—On a recent trip to South America to encourage trade and economic cooperation between Jordan and countries of the region, His Majesty King Abdullah II invited two King’s Academy students to accompany him.
Hana Mufti ’11 and Lawrence Shweihat ’10, along with two members of the All Jordan Youth Commission—a program established by King Abdullah in 2006 in an effort to build a generation of young leaders who are able to advance Jordan’s global interests—had an exclusive opportunity to attend economic fora hosted by the Jordanian government in both Chile and Brazil.
“It was an eye-opening experience to see how partnerships are created between different countries,” Hana said.
The students, along with their chaperone, King’s Academy Junior Fellow Pam Paniagua, accompanied His Majesty in Santiago, Chile as he received the tile of “Illustrious Guest,” the highest honor bestowed on any visitor. They also visited the Chilean Parliament where King Abdullah addressed the legislature in a speech where he called for cooperation among developing nations and for a worldwide partnership in order to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Making sure to also take in some Latin culture, the student delegation visited famous Chilean landmarks such as Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s house by the sea in the town of Isla Negra and Santiago’s Basilica de la Merced, or the “cathedral of mercy,” which boasts a mix of classic 17th century architecture and intricate interior decorations.
During their time in Brazil, Hana and Lawrence took in the beauty of the region while visiting landmarks such as Brasilia’s cathedral and observing the city skyline from the top of a radio tower. The tour included a traditional Brazilian-style lunch consisting of waiters who circled the restaurant with different kinds of roasted meats, called churrasco, for their sampling. The visit ended with an exciting Jiu-jitsu tournament attended by His Majesty.