The Sapien is an international youth organization dedicated to uniting students all over the world in a shared passion for learning through hosting discussions on the human-centered
What do we do?
We host sessions on Zoom with participants joining from all over the world to learn about a different human-centered topic each week. Topics include anything concerning humanity and society from philosophical questions to societal issues. Every other week, we also invite specialist guest speakers to present the topic and share their insights.
Our 1 hour sessions are structured with the aim that participants enter not knowing much about a topic, to leaving having gained a deep understanding of it, infused with the perspectives of others from differing backgrounds and cultures from around the world.
Why The Sapien?
Diverse & Global
As our sessions take place on Zoom, students in any geographic location are able to participate. Being able to converse and build friendships with others all over the world is an opportunity found almost nowhere else and is core to a Sapien session experience.
Breaking down barriers of new cultures and backgrounds to achieve constructive conversations and relationships shapes participants to be more open-minded and global citizens, preparing them for cross-cultural interactions in university life and beyond.
Inclusive & Open
Too often in formal learning settings, students feel unwelcome or aren’t even permitted to share their opinions and ideas on a subject.
In the ‘Open Discussion’ segment of our sessions, all participants are invited to share their own inputs on the topic in a non-judgmental and safe discussion space. No prior knowledge of topics is required; only a passion for learning!
A Close-Knit Community
When students sign up to our sessions, not only do they become a member of The Sapien, they become part of a family of warm and like-minded youth. Convening weekly with familiar faces adds the sense of community to our sessions and fosters a safe environment where all participants feel welcome to voice their inputs.
In addition, participants engage on our Community Discord server and on our social media pages to both deepen friendships and continue discussions outside of sessions.
Learning & Skill Building
Overwhelming research has shown that a large proportion of young people’s education takes place outside the classroom, as informal learning.
Our sessions serve as a platform to not only learn about a multitude of human-centered topics in an engaging and friendly environment but a place to cultivate soft skills like public speaking, critical thinking, teamwork and more.
Meet Our Members!
We have reached participants in:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Côte D’Ivoire, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the USA and Zimbabwe.
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