Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Community Xchange


Thirty development professionals from the Philippines and the UK.

Cultural and professional immersion.

Six weeks. One life-changing experience.

Are you ready to raise your organization to the next level?

Take part in Community Xchange and take your organization to the next level.

Global Xchange is a partnership program that develops and delivers international volunteer exchanges and other activities to help create active global citizens who value volunteering, diversity, community development, and social action.

Through Global Xchange, the international professional development program Community Xchange (CX) was created in partnership between British Council and VSO. CX seeks to make a positive difference to the communities. Community leaders and development workers from the Philippines and UK will work together and learn from each other towards effecting impact at three levels: on the individual participant; their organization; and within their community.

We are inviting 15 Filipino community workers who will act on behalf of their organization or community to undertake a three-week work placement program in Northern Ireland as well as host a UK counterpart in their organization for a corresponding three-week work placement program. Community Xchange will open your organization to new prospects and perspectives in development. Build new networks and engage in active dialogues. Challenge perceptions and stereotypes of global communities. Promote volunteering and measure impact of community initiatives. Increase effectiveness of community leaders in promoting active citizenship. You can be one of the fifteen Filipino participants if you are:

§ At least 25 years old

§ Completed at least secondary education with a good standard of written and spoken English

§ Have significant experience of working with young people (3 years +)

§ Responsible for the implementation of youth oriented program/projects in the Davao region (Davao City and Davao provinces)

§ Can commit 44 work days to the programme: 3 consecutive weeks of work in your organization with a UK counterpart in January 2010 and another 3 consecutive weeks of work attachment in the UK in March 2010, and time to attend preparatory activities

§ Willing to fundraise

§ Willing to explore new and creative approaches to tackle youth issues within one of the programmes themes

§ Supported by an organization that views this program as an opportunity for institutional growth as well.

Visit www.vsobahaginan.org.ph to access more information about the exchange and to download the necessary forms. Deadline for submission of application is on 13 November 2009. Only applications received on or before the closing date will be screened. Short-listed applicants will be invited to an Assessment Day scheduled on November 18-19, 2009. Preparatory activities start in December 2009. Exchange proper will commence in January 2010. For inquiries, please send an email to lilian.delavega@vsobahaginan.org or call 02-3746450 loc. 12

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