What is the MTC?
The core activity of GLEN is the Multipliers Training Cycle. It consists of training seminars, an internship in the Global South and a phase of transferring the experiences gained to global education activities in Europe.
The uniqueness of GLEN’s training offer lies in the combination of
- training and practice
- North-South exchange with an inner-European dimension
- quality global education training with an innovative, participatory style
In order to see the offers of internships worldwide, see the section Internships.
Elements of the MTC
The training seminars are hosted by lead facilitators on the GLEN Members’ behalf. They are accompanied by a team of tutors – usually former GLEN participants. Concerning the content, the seminars are formed by the participants; active support is the be-all and end-all for all participants. Role plays and scenarios as well as inter-active and participatory methodology have a high value on the seminars. Furthermore, experts and external professionals are invited.
Contents of the training seminars:
- Global Education, global issues and development: theory on content and methods as well as practice,
- getting to understand GLEN more,
- team work with tandem/trinom partner(s) and within preparation group as such,
- intercultural communication,
- preparation to the hosting country (culture, history, Global Education issues),
- getting to know the team partner(s) and other participants from different European countries
- information on logistical and administrative preparation of the internship in the Global South
- evaluation methods etc.
For a more practical impression: This video has been taken by the Team of the GLEN francophone seminar group (GeCo) 2011:
Internship in the Global South
Usually between July and October the internship of the GLEN participants takes place, together with partner organisations in Africa, Asia, South-East Europe or Caucasus. The internship lasts three months.
Once the participants have been selected, it is their responsibility to get in contact with their hosting organisation and to organise on their own their internship in the Global South (accomodation, flight, visa, etc…). The committed collaboration and flexible co-operation of the participants with the partner in the host country is crucial. For the partner organisation, GLEN participants are generally short-time volunteers who at first do not necessarily know about the circumstances in the country but contribute with their previous experience, some skills and committed work. In many cases the internship is organised like a practical training in which participants join the local organisation’s ongoing activities, in other cases GLEN participants conduct a small rather independent project, under guidance of the local partner organisation. Some internships focus on a field study, e. g. contributing to the construction of solar plants, evaluating a programme or collecting materials for a photo exhibition.
The willingness to learn, interest in exchange on a cultural, human and professional level, high motivation to contribute to the local organisation’s work, a respectful attitude towards the local partners, and an ability to flexibly adapt to unfamiliar environments and unexpected situations are among the main requirements for the internships in the Global South.
After their return from the Global South, participants hand in an evaluation report and start conducting public global education activities using their experience from the internship in the Global South.
Global Education Practice Phase
The participants engage in global education in their home country and in Europe. Each participant needs to implement a Global Education activity in his/her home country or in Europe, supported by his/her tutor.
For this engagement there are several options: GLEN participants may become involved in global education programmes of their local GLEN organisation or in European activities of the whole GLEN network.
The particular activities of each GLEN cycle participant depend on the interest and skills of the participant, on the issues and conditions in the respective society and on the needs and expectations of the local GLEN Member organisation. Global education activities should contribute to increasing the target groups awareness and understanding of global interdependencies and encourage them to become active responsible citizens. The experience from an internship in a developing/transition country is a very good basis for global education in Europe.
The participants already get Global Education guidelines and support during the training seminars. This enables them to carry out their Global Education practical phase.
Note! Expectations and support of each Member organisation towards the participants’ activity in global education in the Global Education practical phase differ. If you wish to apply for the training cycle, please inquire at the GLEN Member organisation in your home country.
Examples of possible global education activities:
- production and dissemination of a film or slide show
- photo exhibition
- workshops or activity days in schools
- newspaper articles, radio or TV documentaries
- seminars at university, with NGOs or else
- contribution to campaigns, festivals, event days
- many more
RENew stands for – “Seminar for Review, Engagement and Networking”. All returned GLEN participants of the GLEN training cycle meet again for 4 days in order to evaluate their internship in the Global South as well as their Global Education activity. They prepare their future engagement in global education, develop common ideas and exchange with former GLEN participants, people and institutions working in this field.
After the RENew, the GLEN participants are ready to act as Global Education multipliers on their own in Europe! The participants are invited to initiate, individually or together with other GLEN participants, their own global education projects in their home country or on a European level and to act as Global Actors in their everyday life!