Project Cycle

How it works: GLEN time schedule 2006/2007

15th October 06
Submission of project proposals from organizations or individuals

End of October 06
Selection of projects out of the proposals

10th November 06 - January 07
Publishing the GLEN catalogue of projects on the web page. Interested young Europeans can apply. Deadlines for applying differ according to the partner organisations. Please, see the websites of each national organization!

January to 23-24 February 07
Selection of the participants.

April - June 07
In case of South-North Projects: stay of the participants from the East or South in Europe

March - July 07
Preparation phase (individually and on two preparation seminars)

English speaking Africa preparation group
16 - 21 April (Germany)
11 - 16 June in Kostelecke Horky (Czech Republic)

English speaking Asia preparation group
30 April - 5 May in Slovakia
11 - 16 June in Werftpfuhl (Germany)

French speaking Africa preparation group
23-28 April in Airion, Picardie (France)
7 - 12 June (Germany)

July - December 07
Stay of the European GLEN participants in the host countries. Length of stay is three months.

After their return from abroad, participants hand in an evaluation report and use their experience from the project stay for conducting public awareness raising activities in their local communities/ home societies.

March / April 08
RENew seminar - "seminar for Review, Engagement and Networking": Evaluation of the stay in the host country, preparation of and exchange about future engagement in Global Education, networking with people and institutions working in this field.

From the end of 2007 on...
Engagement in global education in the home country and in Europe

Building on their experience gained abroad, GLEN participants become active as multipliers in global education. 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. Many of them also initiate, indivudally or together with other GLEN participants, their own global education projects.

Course of the project

No matter if the project involves building awareness with drama against AIDS in Ghana or in carrying a study on school education in rural areas in India, all the GLEN projects require an active contribution of the participants.

GLEN work and study stays in the South and East are subdivided into four phases:

1. Preparation
Preparatory seminars for GLEN projects:
English speaking Africa preparation group
16 - 21 April (Germany)
11 - 16 June in Kostelecke Horky (Czech Republic)

English speaking Asia preparation group
30 April - 5 May in Slovakia
11 - 16 June in Werftpfuhl (Germany)

French speaking Africa preparation group
23-28 April in Airion, Picardie (France)
7 - 12 June (Germany)

Contents of the preparation seminars:
- global / development education
- development of intercultural competence and understanding of global contexts,
- improvement of capacities in team work and communication,
- improvement of the language skills,
- study of the geography, history, culture etc. of the host countries,
- getting to know your project partner(s) and his (their) home country(-ies),
- getting in contact with the partner organization in the host country in order to organize the course of the project.

GLEN projects are not ready-made for a simple implementation by the participants. The GLEN participants carry a high responsibility in developping, within their project teams and in co-operation with their hosting organization, their detailed project plan. An experienced GLEN tutor is supporting this process.

Some of the GLEN projects are "South-North exchange projects" which include the three-months stay of two participants from the South or East in Germany/ Europe (April to June 2007) as well. During this time, the Southern participants will be accompanied by their European colleagues and by former GLEN scholars.

2. Stay abroad
Your committed, collaboration and flexible co-operation with the partner in the host country is crucial. For the partner organisation you are generally a short-time volunteer who at first does not necessarily know about the circumstances in the country but contributes with his/her previous experience, some skills and committed work. In many cases the stay is organised like a practical training in which you join the local organisation's ongoing activties, in other cases you conduct your own quite independent project, under guidance of the local partner organisation. Some projects focus on a field study, e. g. contributing to the construction of solar plants or collecting materials for a photographical exhibition.

A will to learn, interest in exchange on a cultural, human and professional level, high motivation to contribute to the local organization's work, a respectful attitude towards the local partners, and an ability to flexibly adapt to unfamiliar environments and unexpected situations are some of the main requirements for the projects.

3. evaluation of the stay abroad and preparation of the transfer of experiences
- attendance of the RENew seminar in March/ April 2008 (four days),
- brief evaluation report.

4. Development Education in Europe
- Global / development Education activities in your local community and home society in Europe.
- Voluntary engagement within the GLEN network, the partner organisations and/or the European network.
Note: Expectations of each partner organisation towards the participants' engagement in development education after their stay in the South differ. Please, consult the website of the partner you are applying to.