Have you got what it takes to represent Wales on an international stage? Find out how to apply for a chance to attend the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in the British Virgin Islands!
It’s a dream opportunity that many young people wish for, and The National Assembly for Wales is excited to offer once again the chance to represent Wales on an international stage at the Commonwealth Youth Parliament in the British Virgin Islands.
*The application process for this opportunity has now closed. We would like to thank everyone for their interest and applications.*
What is the Commonwealth Parliament?
The Commonwealth Youth Parliament is hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary association (CPA) and brings together young people from across the Commonwealth to experience aspects of modern parliamentary democracy first-hand. The event is held in a different Commonwealth country each year, and this year’s conference is being held between 8-12 October in Road Town, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean) so you’ll need to be prepared to travel!
What will I be doing?
Our representative/s will be expected to take part in formal parliamentary business such as raising questions in the debating chamber, scrutinising policy and voting to pass legislation. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a politician, this is your chance.
You will also get the chance to meet other young people with similar interests from all over the the Commonwealth – from Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia to South America and of course the UK’s other nations Our previous representatives have visited locations like Australia and Canada, and here’s what they’ve had to say about their experiences:
“I ended up becoming a member of the Conservatives ‘Commonwealth United Party’ and therefore part of the minority Government. My experience gave me an insight into the brutal reality of how Parliaments work. Any legislation that we wanted to pass needed to equally satisfy the Independent Members so they would support. This meant that there was a great deal of negotiation needed to try to ensure that they would support our initial motion.”
Alex Aiken, Representative to the 7th CYP in Australia
Read Alex’s full report
“I was fully prepared that the enormity of the experience would not fully sink in until I returned home. Having been able to reflect on the CYP, it has become clear to me that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one I will treasure forever. Being able to gain practical experience of the parliamentary system whilst working with like-minded young people who have a range of different backgrounds and life experiences would be very difficult to replicate elsewhere.”
Laura Elliot, Representative to the 8th CYP in Canada
Read Laura’s full report
More information about the Commonwealth Parliamentary association is available on their website.