Get involved as a Host Partner!
Host GLEN interns in your organisation in the Global South!
GLEN qualifies multipliers in Global Education by combining training seminars, experiential learning, internships in the Global South, and actions in Europe. With this multitude of activities, GLEN aims at both a South-North and European exchange. For this purpose, GLEN participants engage in the so-called Multipliers’ Training Cycle. After two training seminars, they carry out an internship in a host partner organisation in a country of the Global South, where they contribute to the work of their host partner, gain new perspectives and ideas, and later use their experience to get engaged as multipliers in Global Education activities in Europe.
As participants, young Europeans – most of them students – with diverse backgrounds get together in multi-national tandems or trinoms (teams consisting of 3 participants) from the member countries of GLEN and carry out an internship together in different countries in Africa, Asia, and South-Eastern Europe. During their internship, the tandems or trinoms work for three months with a local partner organisation.
Each year, GLEN looks for approx. 60 internships proposed by organisations active in various fields of (community) development or global co-operation.
What do organisations in the Global South need to become a GLEN host partner?
- Be interested in an exchange with two to three students or young professionals from Europe
- Guarantee that the internship they offer only covers activities that are of non-profit nature: e.g. community work; social, environmental or cultural work; engagement in activities carried out by a non-profit organisation or local authority
- Dispose of sufficient organisational infrastructure to host two or three GLEN participants: i.e. adequate working conditions, a contact person to support participants in planning their internship (via e-mail communication), help to integrate them into the organisation, support them in gaining orientation in the new environment, provide for stability in the working process
- Have an interest in Global Education and mutual learning
What are the benefits for you as a host partner?
GLEN internships aim at promoting mutual exchange on the basis of equal co-operation. They provide organisations from the Global South with the opportunity to work together with highly committed stundents and/or young professionals from Europe. By hosting interns, you support young people in gaining experiences in different global realities and enable an exchange of knowledge and skills. As interns, GLEN participants will support your team with their specific backgrounds. Often, GLEN internships lead to long-term partnerships. After their return from the internships, GLEN participants stay involved in the field of Global Education and promote an understanding and a dialogue between South and North.
Your co-operation with GLEN implies only a minimum financial backup from your organisation: you only need to provide the necessary basic infrastructure, material for their work and a contact person who could be the mentor of the interns). The co-operation is based on personal exchange. Therefore, the GLEN network and the GLEN participants do not give any financial or material support to the host partner organisations.
What are the conditions of the co-operation?
The internships are proposed by non-governmental or other organisations from the Global South or from Europe and range from independent research stays to practical work with an organisation, such as, for example, conducting a theatre workshop on HIV/AIDS in South Africa, provide IT/computer courses in Bosnia or engaging in social work projects in India.
For their internship abroad, the participants receive a scholarship that contributes to financing part of their living and travel costs to the host country. No financial commitment is required from your organisation, except for the costs for the necessary work equipment that you will provide for the interns.
At the same time, GLEN internships are not expert missions of development cooperation! GLEN participants have diverse backgrounds and do not participate in GLEN as experts. Rather, they are active young people from Europe with many different qualifications, ready to engage in the exchange of experiences and willing to learn about global issues and local realities, so that they can involve in Global Education after their return to Europe.
Can GLEN participants work together with interns from the host country?
Over the last years, GLEN has made very good experiences with European tandems working in close co-operation with an intern from the host partner. If your organisation would like to select a student or young professional from your country to work together with the GLEN interns, you would need to organise this independently of the GLEN acquisition process.
GLEN warmly welcomes such initiatives, as they foster the co-operation and the integration of different perspectives to the learning process of all actors involved and also benefit the results of their work. In this case, the organisation, costs, preparation, and implementation needs to be covered by your organisation.
If you are interested in such a co-operation, please think of the tasks and qualifications of a local intern already while filling out the internship proposal form.
Thank you for your interest to work with us and host GLEN participants! GLEN has an annual training cycle, therefore you can propose an internship once a year.
The next deadline to submit a proposal is in September 2017.
You will get to know whether your internship is selected by October 2017.
In that case, GLEN participants join your organisation between July and October 2018.
For proposing an internship, please use the following documents:
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Lars Poignant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to browse the internships from the previous year, you can find them here.