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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young International Development Expert Weekend


The Young International Development Expert Weekend


The Young International Development Weekend gives students aged 15-18 a chance to test-drive life in the world of international development. Learn from top professionals in the industry, as they guide you through a series of interactive activities: design a humanitarian relief package, develop a sustainability project and respond to an unfolding humanitarian crisis. You will also get expert advice on how to break into the industry, with guidance on university choices, extra-curricular activities, work experience and more.

You can attend either in-person in London or live online. Register now to gain an edge over other students aspiring to work in this field, and a super-curricular experience to add to your university application. 


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An Interactive Masterclass:
  • International Development professionals  will coach you through a range of interactive activities:
  • Design your own humanitarian relief project: learn the difference between good and bad intervention 
  • Crisis response: work in teams to respond to an unfolding humanitarian crisis 
  • Develop a long-term sustainability project and pitch it to your board of directors
Expert Career Coaching:
  • You will be trained on how to fulfil your ambitions of becoming an international development expert
  • An action plan of how to break into the field, starting now
  • Coaching by experts on: A-level/IB/college class choices, university and degree selection; extra-curricular activities; work experience; application and interview techniques
An Audience with Top International Development Specialists:
  • Hear from successful forensic scientists and ask them all your burning questions
  • Q&A panel with forensic scientists from a range of backgrounds 
Boost Your Career Potential:
  • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as: teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications    

The World of International Development

  • Enlarging people’s freedoms, opportunities and well-being
  • Life ‘on the ground’
  • The key players, challenges, pressures and expectations

Designing a Humanitarian Relief Project

  • Understand what makes a good and bad intervention
  • Encounter the four key components of development projects: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence and Neutrality
  • Learn the difference between ‘parachuting in’ vs. sustainable development

Crisis Response

  • Work on the ground in your teams and respond to a ‘live’ unfolding humanitarian crisis
  • Understand the processes and pitfalls involved in dealing with disasters
  • Prioritise responses to a crisis and help a nation through the aftermath of a natural disaster
  • Take on a variety of roles to overcome the challenges thrown at you throughout the crisis




The Impact of Intervention

  • Impact evaluation and future intervention direction
  • Analyse your intervention: re-evaluate your methods and identify unintended effects

Long-Term Strategy

  • Short-term aid vs long-term solutions
  • Consider responsibility and sensitivity to the local context
  • Develop a proposal for long-term sustainability and pitch it to a board of directors

Career Coaching: Breaking into International Development

  • Coaching on how to break into International Development, starting now
  • A-Level, degree and university choices
  • How to stand out: skills, work experience and extra-curricular activities

Panel Discussion

  • Live panel Q&A with International Development professionals
  • Receive valuable advice
  • Hear their real-life experiences
  • Inspirational stories



This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is the same for both. 

Programme Fee:

'Live Online’: £165/student for full day

In-Person: £195/student for full day

There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited.

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 12th March 2023


  • University College London (UCL)

Accommodation location:

  • University College London (UCL),

As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.



In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will receive a refund. We have never yet had to cancel a London summer experience, having successfully delivered programmes during the summers of 2020 and 2021, with strict social distancing and excellent feedback. We shall of course adhere to all Covid-related government guidelines in place at the time of the programme and keep student safety as the highest priority.

If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full.



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You may wish to try on your mobile device instead. Alternatively, please email with details of the programme you want to register for. We will reserve your place immediately and send you a link to pay by card online.