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CfP - CrossCulture Internships/ Eastern Partnership programme

Deadline:

June 21, 2015

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This guideline serves as assistance to fill in the CrossCulture Internships/ Eastern Partnership programme (CCP) application forms. Please refer to this guideline while completing the application forms part one and part two.

Content of the guideline

  • Aims of the programme
  • Target groups
  • Working areas
  • Benefits
  • Application form and deadline for submission
  • Selection procedure and organisation of the internship

1) Aims of the programme

The CrossCulture Internships Programme (CCP) is an exchange and dialogue programme of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). The programme is implemented in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office. Since 2005 it offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their professional and political competence as well as to gather international experience through a stay in another cultural context.

The CCP transfers our commitment to intercultural dialogue into action. It gives young people from Germany, Islamic countries and – from 2015 on –European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries the chance to gather varied experiences abroad within their fields of professional activity and to share those experiences in their home countries. Besides the objectives of vocational and specialist qualification, the participants also gain an overview of the cultural, social and political structures in the host country. They establish new personal and professional contacts for future co-operation and familiarise themselves with cultural characteristics and behavioural patterns of the host country. Thus, the programme offers a forum for open dialogue and mutual learning for all those involved. The intercultural exchange fosters on-going dialogue of people and institutions and boosts the formation of networks between organisations in Germany, Islamic and EaP countries in a sustained manner. Further information about CCP: www.ifa.de/en/crossculture

1) Target groups

  • Participants can come from one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and
  • The target groups are young professionals and committed individuals in different areas of civil society as well as multipliers in media and other relevant organisations (see working areas below).
  • Applicants should not exceed the age limit of 23 to 45
  • Requirements for taking part in the programme include a good command of English and/or German and a permanent employment or volunteer involvement in an organisation

or institution in one’s own country. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection.

  • The applicants must be in good health. Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the

2) Working areas

CrossCulture Internships for the Eastern Partnership countries are mainly offered in the following fields:

  • human rights, migration & refugees
  • political education & youth participation
  • intercultural dialogue, mediation & reconciliation
  • media
  • renewable energy

3) Benefits

  • a monthly grant of 550 Euro
  • travel costs round-trip
  • urban public transport in Germany
  • accommodation (small furnished apartment or private room)
  • visa fee
  • health insurance

Applicants from EaP countries

Application

The announcement of the CrossCulture Internships programme (CCP) – Eastern Partnership is carried out by ifa with the assistance of the German diplomatic missions in the six countries involved: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Applications have to be sent via e-mail to ifa.

Requirements

The CrossCulture Internships programme for the a.m. countries targets young professionals or voluntarily engaged individuals permanently involved in an organisation or institution in one of the following fields of activity:

  • human rights, migration & refugees
  • political education & youth participation
  • intercultural dialogue, mediation & reconciliation
  • media
  • renewable energy

Applicants need to have a good command of English and/or German and should be aged between 23 and 45 years. Furthermore, the applicants must be in good health: Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.

Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection.

Benefits

The interns' travel and subsistence expenses are covered by programme funds. This includes a monthly grant of 550 Euro, travel costs to Germany and urban public transport, as well as visa fees, health insurance and accommodation. The latter is either a private room in a shared flat (according to gender), a private room in a host family or a small furnished apartment. Accommodation includes cost for electricity, water and heating; whereas telephone and internet facilities are not included.

Selection Procedure

The filled in and signed application forms along with a passport picture are submitted via e- mail to ifa in Stuttgart, Germany: bewerbungen-ccp@ifa.de.

Application deadline is 21 June 2015 (date of receipt at ifa). Only complete e-mailapplications will be processed! Please pay attention to the technical requirements of e-mailapplications (refer to the application guideline 2015).

The CCP team at ifa in Stuttgart, Germany will screen all applications according to a set of criteria. Candidates might be invited for an interview either at the German Embassy or via phone/skype. The final selection of CrossCulture Internships participants is done in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.

The nomination of the participants will be announced in early July. Letters of refusal will be sent without further explanations end of July. No one has a legal right to be selected for the CrossCulture Internships programme.

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