What is the MTC?
The core activity of GLEN is the Multipliers Training Cycle. It consists of training seminars, an internship and a “practice phase” in which participants use the new experience and skills gained to carry out global education activities. The uniqueness of GLEN’s training offer lies in the combination of
- theory and practice
- participants from multiple European countries do an internship together in an African, Asian, Southeast Europesn or Caucasian country
- innovative and participatory non-formal training
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 seminars is to create spaces for participants to learn and develop their potential as responsible global citizens, through the methods and tools of global education. Participants get an input in basic concepts of “global interdependencies”, “critical whiteness” and “racism, privileges and power structures”, among others, and are encouraged to reflect on the newly gained knowledge on an individual and group level.
The seminars are moderated by teams of tutors and lead facilitators but are equally formed by the participants themselves: 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 these events. Ocassionally, also experts and external professionals are invited to provide input on a specific topic.
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
- 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
For a more practical impression: this video has been taken by the Team of the GLEN GéCo seminar group in 2011:
In order to see the offers of GLEN internships worldwide, see the section Internships.
Generally between July and October the internship of the GLEN participants takes place, together with partner organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Southeast Europe or Caucasus. The internship lasts three months.
Once participants are selected, it is their responsibility to get in contact with their host organisation and to organise their stay and work (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 host 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 experience, 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 the guidance of the local 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.
After their return to Europe, participants hand in a report and start the “practice phase” of the GLEN cycle.
In this phase of the cycle, participants implement a so called “global education activity” individually or in groups, where they share the newly gained/acquired skills, experiences, concepts, ideas with a wider audience. Often, new projects are born from this exercise. Ideally, global education activities should contribute to the increase of public awareness and understanding of global interdependencies and it also encourages members of the audience to become active, responsible citizens.
Expectations and support of each member organisation towards the participants’ activity may differ. 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
Please find a number of videos of GLEN award winning “global education activities” explained by the participants here.
RENew stands for – “Seminar for Review, Engagement and Networking”. All returned GLEN participants of the cycle meet again for 4 days in order to evaluate their internships 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, participants become GLEN “global education multipliers”. Participants are encouraged to initiate individually or together with others, their own projects as responsible global citizens.