Type of Funding
Rondine Cittadella della Pace, an association based in Italy, is inviting nationals of the Balkans, the Middle East, Nigeria and the South Caucasus, to apply for the 2019-2021 Rondine Cittadella della Pace Program, entitled “Free to Remain, Free to Leave”. During the 2-year training program which will run from July 2019 to June 2021, participants from different cultures and countries live together to deconstruct the idea of the “enemy”. The aim is to be able to eventually develop projects with social, political and economic impact in order to contribute to the development of peace in their own countries and in the world. The association aims to promote cohabitation, dialogue, conflict transformation and peace-building through the realization of cooperative development projects and social entrepreneurship initiatives among members of divided communities.
To achieve these results, students receive high quality trainings on topics connected to conflict management, as well as improve their communication skills and learn about the necessary methodologies needed to create concrete opportunities for development and reconciliation. In addition, participants will develop their own professional and academic curriculum by obtaining a Masters degree or a specialization in high vocational education.
Thus, the Rondine Cittadella della Pace Program is divided into 3 main areas: daily life, trainings and formal education.
- Everyday life: Sharing and confrontation in daily life represent the most important elements of the Rondine experience. Participants will be in continuous contact with other, living under different conflict situations, and having different cultures, experiences and emotional backgrounds. They will then get to know different points of view. Cohabitation is a process that over time leads to the deconstruction of the idea of the enemy and to the uncovering of a real person behind that.
- High level training: Participants receive high level training on topics related to conflict management, communication abilities and methodologies.
- Formal education:The third part of the program is a professional and academic specialization, which includes the participation in a Masters degree program or some other advanced professional qualification to prepare for the work life with more sensibility towards social change.
The Rondine Cittadella della Pace Association will cover the cost of the training activities in Rondine, the cost of lodging and board and the cost of the academic or vocational training (enrolment fees, learning materials and transportation).
Expenses under the responsibility of the student include: expenses for the travel to/from Italy and visa procedures, holiday travels, personal and medical expenses and any other cost not specifically included among the expenses covered by the Association.
Upon completion of the program, participants will return to their countries of origin and work actively to develop projects with social, political and economic impact. They will join Rondine International Peace Lab (RIPL), the network of Rondine’s alumni. RIPL supports former students in realizing cooperation and development projects, in the effort towards building peace.
Applicants must be nationals of the Balkans, the Middle East, Nigeria and South Caucasus countries. They should be aged between 21 and 28 and possess the readiness to work on topics of conflict in their own countries and conflicts in general. They should have leadership potential and are comfortable with public speaking and communication. They need to be able to work and a team or a group and are good listeners who are willing to take on responsibility.
They should have the aptitude for team building and active involvement and are inclined towards civic engagement and volunteering, and entrepreneurship and social innovation. They need to have a project-oriented attitude, and target to implement social projects upon their return to their home countries. Applicants should have knowledge of civil society and the non-profit sector and are aware of global sustainability, or at least about some of the following topics: climate change, cooperation, welfare, and civil and social economy. They must have the desire to deal with conflict management.
As Italian is the official language for communication and activities in Rondine, the program will begin with a 3-month intensive course of Italian language and culture. Knowledge of English is also required.
Preference may be given to applicants who are sponsored by legal entities such as foundations, NGOs or other non-profit organizations.
Applications are to be sent via email by 13 January 2019.