Call for Applications

Initiatives of Change (IofC) Young Ambassadors Programme 2017 for Young Europeans

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Application Deadline: May 15th 2017

The “Young Ambassadors Programme” (YAP) is part of the European Project of Initiatives of Change (IofC), which aims to bring together young people caring about the future of Europe.


Launched in 2014, Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business (AEUB) is an Initiatives of Change programme that seeks to engage European citizens from all backgrounds to conceive and participate in actions developing a spirit of partnership and solidarity across Europe in order to achieve the needed peacebuilding efforts in this continent.

The CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation’s vision is a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which people act from a sense of global interdependence and responsibility. Established in 1946, the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC) organizes and coordinates international and local forums, seminars and training in Switzerland, primarily in its Conference Centre, the former Caux-Palace, bringing together a true diversity of people.

The programme consists of two days training designed specifically for the Young Ambassadors (14th-16th July), followed by full participation in the AEUB forum (17th-21st July).

Requirements:

This programme aims to invite young people from all over Europe who are actively and substantively contributing in the discussion about Europe. Young people who demonstrate their active participation through civil society initiatives, NGOs, political organisations and structures are invited to join this forum in order to bring their input, ideas and experiences.

Young people age 18-25 from countries who are members of the Council of Europe, plus Kosovo*, Kazakhstan and Belarus can apply (see the full list of the countries below).

People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including recently arrived migrants, as well as representatives of minority communities. Should you wish to represent any minority community or group, please specify in your application.

Applicants for the Young Ambassadors Programme are expected to fulfil the below:

  • Be present at Caux from 14th July 2017 (4pm) and not leave before the end of the Closing Session on Friday 21st  July, 2017 (12.30pm);
  • Be actively involved in civil society and other initiatives related to Europe;
  • Be able to communicate and work in English;
  • Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on Europe;
  • Be ready to share own challenges faced in their own communities and work about Europe;
  • Cover your travel expenses to and from Caux, Switzerland;
  • Complying with visa requirements (where applicable);
  • Help disseminate the event information among your contacts and on social media;


Benefits

  1. An opportunity for young Europeans to grow in their personal understanding and commitment to Europe, shared ethical values and one’s personal contribution to a better future.
  2. Experience the Conference Centre at Caux, Switzerland, as a place of reflection that provides an opportunity to listen to others and to oneself.
  3. Strengthen the network of committed Europeans who are working towards change starting with themselves.

List of eligible European countries for the Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP) 2017
Note that participants from countries marked with an asterisk (*) are required to apply for a visa to enter Switzerland.

Albania – Andorra – Armenia* – Austria – Azerbaijan* – Belarus* – Belgium – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark – Estonia -.Finland -France – Georgia* – Germany – Greece – Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Italy – Kazakstan* – Kosovo* – Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malta – Monaco – Montenegro – Netherlands – Norway – Poland – Portugal – Republic of Moldova – Romania – Russian Federation* – San Marino – Serbia – Slovak Republic – Slovenia – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Turkey* – Ukraine* – United Kingdom ​

Scholarships

The program provides scholarships for participation.
The scholarships cover the conference fee, accommodation and the meals. The scholarship DOES NOT cover the travel to and from Caux (the closest airports are Geneva and Zurich) or visa connected expenses.

The programme is possible thanks to the support of the Robert Hahnloser Foundation (Switzerland).

Application Procedure and Selection Process

How can I become an AEUB Young Ambassador?

To apply, please:

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Upload your CV
  3. Submit a short video[1] (90 seconds) in which you briefly state what you see as the most important problem facing Europe today, and outline what you would do about it. Post the video on YouTube (please check further instructions below). Should you prefer another platform please include the link in your application.


[1]By submitting your video you grant AEUB / Caux / IofC the right to use it on our websites, social media, and quote it in any materials connected to the AEUB forum and the Young Ambassadors Programme.

Application deadline: April 15, 2017 Midnight (CET) time.

We will select suitable candidates on the basis of their personal motivation and the demonstration of their active participation in initiatives and projects related to Europe, seeking regional, gender and other possible diversity.

All applicants will be notified of their application results by May 15, 2017.

For more information please contact us at yap@caux.ch

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Initiatives of Change (IofC) Young Ambassadors Programme 2017

 

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