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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Facilitators

We are looking for facilitators! Facilitators are an important part of virtual exchange programmes. Different programmes use facilitators in different ways.

Facilitators are third parties who help a group have a constructive, respectful and authentic dialogue on various topics of (mutual) interest. Facilitators are multi-partial and neutral process leaders in that they do not participate in the content of the conversation but do their best to ensure all participants feel free to express themselves and be heard by others, respecting certain agreed-upon ground rules and following the indications of a curriculum as well as the group’s needs and interests. 

Facilitators seek to elicit self-group awareness and understanding, by providing a safe (albeit challenging) and effective learning environment. As a facilitator, it will be your aim to arm participants with tools to hold an effective cross-cultural dialogue where participants learn about one another and themselves are inspired to take this understanding beyond their participation in the project and into their communities.  Facilitators are trained in utilizing facilitation tools such as active listening, summarizing, reframing and making use of observations to foster such awareness and address group dynamics.  

As a facilitator, you will engage in reflective practice where it is hoped you will actively strive to improve your facilitation skills and knowledge.  In order to become a facilitator, one has to have a certain level of knowledge about current events and the general context of the groups and identities represented in dialogue, as well as a certain level of cross-cultural sensitivity. They also need to be good listeners, multi-taskers and team workers.

Interested in qualifying to become an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Facilitator? Please fill out our expression of interest and you will be contacted about the training opportunities.

Meet the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange facilitators here >>  
 

When?

The next training sessions will run as follows:

Facilitation Training
Language: Arabic
7 April - 11 May 2019
Deadline to Apply: 31 March 2019
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Introduction to Facilitation Training
Language: English
28 April - 26 May 2019
Deadline to Apply: 15 April 2019
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Intensive Advanced Facilitation Training
Language: French
12 May - 8 June 2019
Deadline to Apply: 21 April 2019
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Facilitation Training
Language: Arabic
16 June - 20 July 2019
Deadline to Apply: 9 June 2019
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Intensive Advanced Facilitation Training
Language: English
18 August - 20 September 2019
Deadline to Apply: 21 June
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Advanced Facilitation Training
Language: English
6 October - 13 December 2019
Deadline to Apply: 25 August
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Facilitation Training Length
- Advanced Facilitation Training is 20 hours long
- Introduction to Facilitation Training is 10 hours long

The Facilitation Training was developed with the expert contribution of various conflict resolution, mediation and facilitation practitioners, invested in 21st century education and in broadening knowledge and use of peacebuilding methodologies in a diverse and global landscape. Successful completion of training qualifies trainees to UN endorsed certificates.

Through the Facilitation Training participants will enhance key 21st Century Skills including: 

  • Leadership and initiative: Trainees will lead a group of Connect Program students through a semester of intercultural dialogue. Trainees will plan weekly sessions on the basis of Soliya’s curriculum and guide students through a dialogue process and challenging group dynamics. 
  • Critical thinking and problem solving: Trainees will learn how to become more self‐aware of their triggers and biases, discuss assumptions and beliefs, and practice neutrality. Trainees will practice how to bring forth critical thinking in a discussion, and will exchange ideas and knowledge to address common challenges.
  • Cross‐cultural collaboration: Trainees will work with international peers and learn about culturally sensitive topics from each other; they will discuss how to approach and lead difficult conversations in multicultural settings.
  • Teamwork: Trainees will work closely with a co‐facilitator and will be part of an international community of professionals and conflict resolution experts.

If you are interested in qualifying to be a facilitator and are a resident in one of the programme countriesplease click here.