Get involved as Host Partner!
by hosting GLEN interns in your organisation in the Global South!
GLEN qualifies multipliers in Global Education by combining training seminars with experiential learning in the South and actions in Europe, for North-South and inner European exchange. For this, after two training seminars, the GLEN participants make an exchange in a partner organisation in a Southern country in order to gain new perspectives and share afterwards their experiences with the population in Europe upon their return.
For this GLEN selects, trains and places bi-national tandems of young Europeans (mainly students) from its member countries for an internship with a clear task in countries in Africa, Asia, South-Eastern Europe. During the internship, the tandems or teams work for three months with local partner organisations in a certain field of global cooperation and development.
GLEN looks every year for approximately 60 internships proposed by organisations active in this field in the Global South.
GLEN partner organisations in the Global South are organisations with:
- Interest in exchange with two-three students/young professionals from Europe
- Guarantee that the internships consist of non-profit nature activities, such as community work, social, environmental or cultural assistance carried out by a non-profit making organisation or local authority
- Sufficient organisational infrastructure to host two or three GLEN participants i.e. adequate working conditions, a contact person to help participants plan the internship (via email communication), integrate into the organisation orientate themselves in the new environment, a firm conduct of the working process
- Interest in global education and mutual learning
What are the benefits of this cooperation for the partner organisations in the Global South?
The GLEN internships are to promote mutual exchange and equal cooperation and give organisations the opportunity to work together with young committed students and/or young professionals and to assist them in getting personal experience in different realities of the development field. On the other side young Europeans will support your team by sharing their specific knowledge, and very often long-term partnerships develop out of the cooperation. The participants stay involved in global education after their return and promote the understanding and dialogue between North and South.
The cooperation with GLEN implies minimum financial backup from your organisation (only necessary basic infrastructure, material for their work and a contact person who could be the mentor of the interns). The cooperation is based on personal exchange; that is why the GLEN network and the GLEN participants do not give any financial or material support to the host partner organisations.
GLEN has made in the last years very good experiences with European tandems working in close cooperation with an intern for the hosting country.
For their internship abroad, the participants receive a scholarship supporting them in financing part of their living and travel costs to the host country. The internships are proposed by non-governmental organisations or other organisations from the South or from Europe and range from very independent research stays to practical work in an organisation, starting with theatre workshop on HIV/AIDS in South Africa, going on with realisation of IT/computer courses in Bosnia and ending with social work projects in India.
No financial commitment is required from your organisation except for the costs of the necessary work equipment that you will provide for the interns.
At the same time internships are not to be understood as expert missions of development cooperation! The participants are no experts but active young Europeans with good qualifications and preparation who want to share their experience with you and learn more about global interdependencies and development issues, in order to do global education once they are back in Europe.
Interns from the host country
If your organisation would like to select and organise the participation of a student or young professional from your country, in order to work as a third participant in the group during the internship, GLEN welcomes this initiative. This might foster the cooperation and the integration of different perspectives to the learning process of all actors as well as to the results of their work. In this case, costs, preparation and implementation for this need to be carried by your organisation.
If you are interested, please also think of the tasks and qualifications of a local intern while filling in the internship proposal form.
How to apply?
Thank you for your interest to work with us and host GLEN participants! GLEN has an annual training cycle, therefore you can propose a project once a year. The next deadline to submit a proposal is in September 2017. The necessary documents to apply will be made available in due time. In case your project is selected (in October 2017), GLEN participants join your organisation between July and October 2018.