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
The participants go through the cycle either in a mixed European group or in a French-German group, depending on the group they apply for: GLEN-Anglo or GLEN-GeCo.GLEN Anglo
GLEN Anglo counts around 65 participants coming from various European countries, bringing in various perspectives and backgrounds: Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia , receiving training in Global Education and reflecting on the role of Europe in global development and gathering practical experiences in host countries in English speaking Africa, French speaking Africa, Asia and Caucasus. The working language is English. The internships topics are in various fields, such as education, health, economy, fair trade, environment, etc.
GLEN-GeCo is the group focusing on the German-French exchange: it counts around 55 participants, receiving a training in Global Education and gathering practical experiences in German-French tandems in host countries in various regions such as English speaking Africa, French speaking Africa, Asia, Caucasus and Latin America. The main working language on the seminars is French. Some tutorials and working groups might take place in English or German.
Within GLEN, GLEN-GeCo aims at promoting the exchanges between the 2 neighbors France and Germany in Europe. GLEN-GeCo wants to support young people in understanding and reflecting the role of 2 two countries in the global context and to enable the exchange on their perspectives concerning their different histories in North-South relations and their consequences on the citizens and societies globally today.
GLEN-GéCo focuses on the global issues linked to agriculture and sustainable development, during the seminars and in the internships abroad. The participants of GLEN-GéCo can benefit from the exchange of experiences and knowledge on a technical, political and educational level on these topics.
Elements of the MTC
The main objective of the Multipliers Training Seminars is to train Global Education multipliers in Europe, ensure their smooth participation in the GLEN cycle and encourage their further engagement in Global Education activities at all possible levels (local, regional, national, international). During the seminars, participants get trained and encouraged in their reflection on Global education and Global interdependencies, their personal development (conflict management skills, intercultural communication, reflection on privileges and racism at individual level) and networking and engagement in Global education on a long term. The seminars are prepared by the Training Teams, consisting of Tutors and Lead Facilitators.
The seminars are also very much 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.
More details on the main content of the training seminars:
- content and methodology of Global Education and global interdependencies
- personal development training such as conflict management skills, intercultural communication, critical thinking, reflection on privileges and racism at individual level
- team work with European tandem/trinom partners
- reflection on the role of Europe and of European citizens in global issues and political matters
- in GLEN-GeCo: reflection on the role of Germany and France within Europe and of German and French citizens in global issues and political matters
- networking and engagement possibilities in Global education
- accompaniment in the individual preparation for a 3 month-long internship phase in Africa/Asia/South-East Europe/Caucasus in European teams
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
In order to see the offers of GLEN internships worldwide, see the section Internships.
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!