Learning Journey into Leadership for Young Changemakers

March to October 2021

If you answered "yes" to the above questions, the Learning Journey into Leadership may be for you!

An initiative of cinfo, the Swiss centre of competence for international cooperation, supported by Fondation Botnar, the aim of this program is to help you sharpen your vision, grow your leadership style, and develop the skills you will need to make a positive difference. Entirely online, and free of charge, this program will take place over a period of 6 months, from March to October 2021.

The Learning Journey into Leadership is aimed at young people, especially future changemakers, who intend to launch a concrete project with the aim of bringing positive change in their living or working environment. Those who have already started such a project may be accepted in some cases.

This online learning program is offered once a year, from 2021 to 2024, with a minimum of 30 and up to 60 participants in each cohort.

The learning journey is aimed at future changemakers

Conditions of participation
  • Participants must be under 30 years of age (born afer 1990).
  • They must be nationals of, or residents in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Switzerland, Tanzania, or Vietnam. To ensure a global exchange between participants, we aim at having 3 to 4 participants from each country.
  • Participants may be studying or working in one of the abovementioned countries.
  • Attendance in the program is entirely free of charge.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have never attended a similar program.
  • During the learning journey, a micro grant (up to CHF 501.-) will be made available to help the participants who have submitted a concrete proposal to implement their own leadership project. 

Please note: the learning journey focuses on personal growth, mindset and attitudes. It will not provide you with any ready-to-use solutions, business plans or recipes for starting up your own enterprise.

If you commit and participate with all your heart, the program will help you to:

  • clarify your intentions, both on a personal and collective level
  • identify your core values and your strengths
  • sharpen your self-awareness
  • develop your communication skills in a multicultural setting
  • stimulate your creativity and your courage to step out of the comfort zone
  • develop attitudes and acquire tools you can apply and experiment within your own context
  • network with a diversity of young changemakers around the globe

Your contribution – What the program requires from you

To ensure you and the other participants enjoy the benefits of the program, you will need to commit and abide by a few rules and principles. Watch the video to learn more:

Time investment and program

Participants are expected to invest a total of approximately 50 to 60 hours to complete the entire course:

Download learning hours and program setup (PDF)

Interested in joining? This is what you need to produce:

  • your updated CV
  • a motivation letter (maximum 1 page)

Click here to apply

Selection criteria 

  • Candidates will be selected upon the basis of their CV and motivation letter. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an individual online interview, during which they will need to demonstrate their motivation and their command of English.
  • cinfo will also ensure an equal geographical representation among the participants, as well as a gender and age balance. 
  • Candidates who are not shortlisted or who are unsuccessful at the interview will be informed in writing before 21 March 2021.

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