Rondine Cittadella della Pace World House Program
2020 - Call for participants
The Rondine Cittadella della Pace Association, based in Italy, has been working for peace and dialogue for 20 years. The program aims at promoting conflict transformation through the experience of young people coming from conflict and post-conflict areas and belonging to different cultures by applying an original training approach
During a two-year experience, participants deconstruct the idea of the enemy and work activelyto develop projects with a social, political and economic impact in order to contribute to peaceful development in their own countries and the world.
To achieve these results, fellows receive high-quality training on topics related to conflict management, as well as improve their soft skills and learn about the necessary methodologies needed to create concrete opportunities for development and reconciliation.
In addition to this specific training program, fellows develop their professional and academiccurriculum by obtaining a master?s degree or specialization by high vocational education.
What is World House?
The World House is an international experience of civic engagement for conflict transformation. It takes place through the experience of cohabitation with other fellows and daily activities. This is a core part of the project where the education process and training take place - learning by living.
By being the core of the Citadel, the World House involves many innovative courses and projects. The young participants are prepared to become future leaders, in a context of fast transformation, deep change, high stake conflicts and increased complexity of relations.
It is the place where the promotion and the diffusion of the mission of Rondine begin.
It is now possible to apply to the current program which will run from July 2020 to June 2022 which is divided into four main areas:
1. Daily life: through cohabitation with others, participants practice respect for the other as a person. They are asked for responsible participation in the educative processes focused on the encouragement of personal growth. The whole experience is based on relations and the commitment to take care of them, in order to be able to handle them constructively and understand social, cultural and religious diversity. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the daily life of Rondine and to adopt a proactive attitude.?
2. Training: it is divided into a series of activities aimed at deepening personal competences and soft skills such as leadership, communication, storytelling, public speaking, active learning, etc. The core of the training is conflict transformation, which aims to cover the understanding of the causes and consequences of the war in the respective countries of the participants, through the confrontation of different conflicts experiences. The training program also covers topics like human rights, conflict analysis and, in the second year, it includes a special project management module, aimed at understanding professional vocation and providing adequate tools to fulfil it. The training is conducted by international and local mediators, trainers, scholars and specialized psychologists. They act as a facilitator to enable fellows to share their views on personal identity issues, starting from their own culture, history, customs, traditions and stereotypes, to finally deal with
their own approach of the conflict. The topics are addressed through activities and lectures that foster interpersonal communication and gradual expression of their experiences by considering different points of view.
3. Civic engagement: participants of the World House are involved in institutional events, promotion and communication interventions, training, meetings with schools and associations, voluntary activities. Participation and attendance to this kind of activities are crucial and it is the occasion to show and exercise skills developed during the training courses.
4. Formal education: through an academic master or another type of vocational training courses at the main universities or institutes in Central Italy (Tuscany, Umbria), participants will complete their study curriculum started in their country, getting prepared for the job market with greater sensibility and focus on social changes. Rondine fellows generally attend a one-year master (60 ECTS) on a part-time basis, to be compatible with the Rondine training. The choice of the course will be agreed upon with the educational staff, and it will be bound by the level of the study stated in the Dichiarazione di Valore, a legal document necessary for academic enrolment and to be obtained by candidates before their arrival in Italy. Rondine welcomes participants from all academic backgrounds since we strongly believe in the possible impact on conflict transformation through civil society and all the professional sectors.
Rondine staff periodically interviews fellows in order to assess their proactivity and involvement in the group, punctuality and presence, level of Italian language, motivation. The objective of the interview is to evaluate if the student can continue his/her experience in Rondine.?
Who can participate?
Participants will be selected among candidates showing the following characteristics:
Aged between 21- 28;
Sensibility and readiness to work on the topics of conflict of the country of origin and conflicts in general
Predisposition to leadership
Predisposition to public speaking and communication
Predisposition to team and group work and active listening
Predisposition to take on roles of responsibility
Predisposition to team building and active involvement
Predisposition to civic engagement and volunteering
Project-oriented attitude, aiming at implementing social projects upon return to his/her home country
Predisposition to entrepreneurship and social innovation
Knowledge about civil society and the non- profit sector
Sensibility about global sustainability or at least about some of the following topics: climate change, cooperation, welfare, civil and social economy
Please, note that Italian is the official language for communication and activities in Rondine. For this reason, the program starts with a 3-month intensive course of Italian language and culture. Knowledge of English is desirable for a profitable participation in the Rondine training.?
The deadline and the documents for completing the application
Those interested in participating in the Rondine program must send the documents mentioned below before the 24th November 2019 to the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
The required documents are:
Application form (here attached);
Copy of passport, valid at least until?? June 2021;
Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
Copy of the last qualification or certificate, diploma or degree earned;
Rondine Project Proposal Form (here attached);
At least one recommendation letter, signed by a professor from the student?s university, ora supervisor of a non-profit or association in which the candidate is active;
Copy of the driving license;
Notice on personal data protection (hand-signed; here attached)
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