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RS European Council in Marrakech: revisiting Ermitage project, regional elections, and dining with the King!

From the cold winter weather of Maisons-Laffitte to the warm Moroccan sun, the small Ermitage delegation arrived in Marrakech for the bi-yearly European Council Meeting (ERC) for the European region.

Now you may be asking yourself, European Region Council Meeting... in Morocco? Yes, you've heard right, Round Square truly believes in crossing borders, whether they be physical or cultural. In this historic conference, the first ERC to ever be held in a region not its own, the various RS schools came together to look at all aspects of the organization and how to make them run smoother. Think of it like a car-inspection, making sure all the links are in place, that the tires are pumped, and that the engine is running smoothly.

Hosted by the Eleraki School, Marrakech, the RS Reps and Heads of the European schools were treated to traditional Moroccan dishes such as Tajine, Tanjia, Pastia, Mint Tea, and even... pigeon crêpes! With full stomachs, they were able to trek up to a small local school in the Atlas mountains 60 km outside of the city: Ighalen School. Last year, three Ermitage students joined a team of Eleraki School students to participate in a solidarity project. They helped improve a poor school by building toilettes and an enclosed courtyard.

During the meetings, Ermitage's own Round Square Rep, Benjamin Hunter, was elected as Regional Rep Coordinator for the European Region, further strengthening Ermitage's ties with partner schools and enhancing the possibilities available to our students.

The ERC members were truly lucky this year to be joined by His Majesty King Constantine of Greece, who presided the meetings, with his son His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas. Admissions Coordinator, Kaitlin Hunter, is shown with His Majesty after dining together at the home of the Elaraki founding family.

Posted by katie in Conferences on Wednesday January 30, 2013 at 11:52
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