Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Networking Asian & European Young Volunteers

27-31 January 2008
International Youth Centre (Dreamtel), Seoul, Korea

Co-organised by ASEF, the International Work-camp Organisation (IWO) and the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), the conference will be based on a strong need for regular inter-regional meetings to encourage better co-operation among young volunteers and volunteer organisations under the framework of Asia-Europe co-operation, and in order to follow-up on the first NAEYV, which took place in Vietnam in June 2006. This Conference will gather participants to exchange information and experience regarding voluntary activities as well as to follow-up on projects between and within the two regions. Concrete aims are to promote voluntary service, share information and experiences between individuals and organisations concerning voluntary activities, including management skills and fund raising, thus promoting better co-operation amongst them. The creation of a Steering Committee and a website is also part of the expected outputs of this project. The programme shall engage up to 30 young participants, between 18 and 30 years old, coming from all ASEM countries.

For more information and to download application form, visit:


The deadline for applications is 14th December 2007

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

The Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) extends the application deadline for the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (FF-IFP) to 15 January 2008. The IFP is a scholarship program that provides a comprehensive grant package to Filipinos interested to pursue masteral studies in the following Ford Foundation grant-making areas: Arts and Culture; Civil Society; Community and Resource Management; Community Development; Economic Development and Economic Security; Education and Scholarship; Governance; Human Rights; Religion, Society, and Culture; Media, Sexuality and Reproductive Health; and Workforce Development.

IFP applicants must have a track record demonstrating their commitment to national and community service, leadership, and academic preparedness. We seek individuals who will constitute a new generation of potential leaders from groups and communities that have traditionally lacked access to higher education. These candidates must therefore know first hand the problems facing their communities.

The fellowship program is on its sixth year in the Philippines since it was launched jointly by the Ford Foundation and PSSC in October 2001. Ford Foundation International Fellows now total 144 Filipinos including 35 selected in 2007 who will start their studies in universities of their choice by September 2008.

To qualify, IFP applicants must be a Filipino citizen; residing and working outside the National Capital Region; has obtained a baccalaureate degree with above average grades; with at least three years of work experience (relevant to the proposed graduate study program and to the type of work or community service planned after completion); and has never attended any school outside of the Philippines.

For more information on the IFP and the application process, please visit www.ifpphil.ph or call Dada Doble or Isagani Lachica at tel. nos. (02) 922-9630 or (02) 929-2671.

Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths

May 13-22 & 22-29, 2008

The National Youth Commission is pleased to inform that the application for the Japan – East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program is now open.

The JENESYS Program is a Japanese government sponsored exchange program that aims to harness the youths’ full potential through the sharing of experiences and expertise on common youth leadership and practices, as well as, to promote cultural understanding, appreciation and respect among the youths of all countries involved.

The NYC will be recommending 200 Filipino youth to participate on this program and the selected participants will be going to Japan on May 13-22 and 22-29, 2008, all expense paid by the organizers, Japan International Cooperation Center.

1. Filipino, single, must be between 16 - 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2008
2. Of good moral character
3. Must be currently enrolled in a college or university with a GWA of 2.25 or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester
4. Physically and mentally fit to travel
5. Must be a first time traveller to Japan and/or must not have been a grantee or recipient of any NYC funded international tavel or Japanese Government grant
6. Must be knowledgeable of the history, geography, culture and arts, and the current issues on the Philippines, and fairly knowledgeable in those of Japan and other East Asian countries
7. Must be an officer or an active member of a youth organization at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application
8. Must be willing to be an active NYC volunteer after the program to be covered by an appropriate memorandum of agreement and to continue to promote the learning about Japan and the Japanese culture gained from the JENESYS Programme

* Area representation would be based on the place of the school, college, university enrolled in

1. two (2) copies of the application forms (JENESYS entry form, application form for student ambassadors and nyc volunteer form) with passport sized pictures with white background attached to each forms (all original, no scanned pictures)
2. two (2) copies of resume, not more than 3 pages
3. two (2) copies of certificate of good moral character, issued by the school, college or university (1 original and 1 photocopy)
4. two (2) copies of the certified copies of the grades
5. two (2) copies of the Police or NBI clearance
6. Four (4) passport sixed pictures (not scanned)
7. completed NYC volunteer forms

For more information, please feel free to get in touch with NYC: (02) 781-1163 loc. 107 and please look for Commissioner Princess Abante or Ms. Rochel Ferrancullo.

Forms can be downloaded at www.youth.net.ph

Deadline: December 31, 2007.