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GLC-TeachDemocracy 2017 Professional Exchange Program in the USA (Funded)

Application Deadline: December 1st 2016

Applications are invited from professionals in any region of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia to apply for participation in a 42-day fellowship in the U.S.A in 2017. GLC encourage submissions by professionals who are actively involved in programs related to citizen participation and advocacy (NGO/civil society development), civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, community activists and/or community organizers who work with minority groups. The overall goal of the program is to provide a professional development opportunity for mid-level emerging leaders; create a forum for American and foreign participants to collaborate and share ideas and strategies; and build a global network of professionals able to work effectively in an interconnected environment.

This program is a two-way exchange involving professionals and leaders from the U.S. and selected European countries who will effect positive change in their communities. U.S. mentors will share their professional expertise with fellows of this program and travel for a two-week reciprocal visit to their counterpart organizations for consulting and jointly workshops to share experience and to promote mutual understanding and partnership between key professional groups in the United States and counterpart groups in the selected European countries.

Objectives

  • develop enhanced leadership and professional skills and effect positive change in their workplaces and communities;
  • build mutual understanding, and create lasting and sustainable partnerships.
  • EU fellows will learn U.S. practices in sustaining civic participation and advocacy with minority communities
  • explore diverse community organizing methods for citizens solving problems in their own communities
  • learn skills in community leadership development and gain hands-on experience at civil society organizations in the U.S.
  • European participants will observe the role of their U.S. counterparts and gain in-depth knowledge and experience as well as adaptable approaches that they can implement after their return.

Requirements:

To apply for the Fellowship Exchange Program applicants need to:

  • be age 25 to 40;
  • have good organisational and management skills
  • be interested in long-term international cooperation
  • have good communication and presentation skills
  • be proficient in written and oral English
  • be self-directed and able to work in effectively in cross-cultural setting
  • demonstrating leadership abilities
  • be available for the 42 days in U.S.A.
  • be available for hosting U.S. mentors in their own countries for at least 3 days

Application Procedure:

To apply for the Fellowship Exchange Program applicants need to fill the application form and attached the following documents:

  1. Please write an essay in English why and how you are working with minority population and list any field experience or success story that you may have in working with them (No more than 2 typed pages, single spaced.) Please be ready to provide additional information on this later if you are selected.
  2. Statement of Interest from the organization whom you would like to represent in this program stating that they are interested in using community organizing in their activities and will welcome the U.S. mentor to their organization and support your activities before and after the U.S. trip.
  3. Action plan for 6-8 month field work before the U.S. trip (on GLC template).
  4. Scanned copy of your passport bio pages (with your photo and date of birth on it)
  5. A passport size of head shot photo in front of a white wall in high resolution

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the GLC-TeachDemocracy 2017 Professional Exchange Program

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