The World House is the experience that you are looking for!
The World House is an international experience of civil commitment for conflict transformation. It takes place through the experience of cohabitation with other students and through daily activities. This is the central part of where the education process and training take place – learning in living. It is the core of the Citadel, where many innovative courses and projects are explored, and where the young participants are consciously prepared to become leaders, in a context of fast transformation, deep change, high stake conflicts and an increased complexity of relations. It is the place where the promotion and the diffusion of the mission of Rondine begin.
It is now possible to apply to the current training program which will run from July 2018 to June 2020 and is divided into three main areas: daily life, trainings and academics. All areas are strongly oriented toward the principles and values of Rondine’s mission:
1. In the daily context, through cohabitation with others, the participant has to practice respect for the other as a person and is asked for responsible participation in the educative processes. The entire experience is based on relations and active listening, in order to understand social, cultural and religious diversity and to be able to witness its previous and current experience and to develop projects having social impact. In practice, the participant is expected to actively contribute to the daily activities of Rondine and to adopt a proactive attitude. Participation and attendance to activities is crucial and present an occasion during which the participant can show and exercise the skills developed during the training courses.
2. In the training context, together with the attendance to high quality courses organized by Rondine, the participant has to work on his/her own competences, to improve and nourish his/her strategic and leadership abilities. They do so by exploring topics and methodologies appropriate to act in contexts of fast transformation, profound change, high stake conflicts and increasingly complex relations which are usually typical for the countries they come from. On this level, Rondine develops and works with students on the macro topics of human rights, conflict and its transformation, and mediation, coupled with methodologies of information transmission, knowledge and skills like non-formal education, active learning, testimonies and storytelling.
3. In the academic context, through the work on a master’s degree or other type of vocational training courses at the main universities or institutes in Tuscany and Umbria, the participant will complete the personal study curriculum started in his/her country, getting prepared for the job market with greater sensibility and focus on social changes. The duration and the attendance to this course will be agreed upon with the educational staff. Rondine welcomes students having all academic backgrounds since we strongly believe in the possibility to impact on conflict transformation through civil society and through all the professional sectors.2 In all of these contexts, a big consideration has been given to the arts, in all its forms, for its capacity to be a privileged vehicle of a dialogue that is able to overcome borders and resistance.
Music, drawings, photography and all other expressive forms are an important part of Rondine activities and a characteristic sought for in the candidates. Therefore, it will be possible for students to attend courses in art-related international institutions in order to consistently continue and improve the curriculum that the participant started in his/her country.
After the end of the experience in Rondine, participants go back to their home Countries more motivated; they join their families and are ready to face the difficulties of managing the sociocultural changes of their realities. Once participants are back home, they become part of an association of former Rondine students, named “Rondine International Peace Lab” (RIPL). Founded in 2017, RIPL is comprised of a network of around 170 students, managed by a Board and a President elected by consultation among the alumni.
For further information about the 2018 Scholarship announcement and all the new deadlines see:http://www.rondine.org/callforparticipants/it/