Would you like to get some practical experience and tools to become a peacebuilder? And you’d love to come together with like minded people over summer and dive into this topic and the Mediterranean Sea? Then join Peace Power, train your peacebuilding muscles and learn, work, and have fun in Thessaloniki, the 2nd city of Greece, based on Pace e Bene’s new study program, Engaging Nonviolence. Find more information here.
Peace Power is a month long summer program (taking place in Greece July 25-August 24) with workshops and volunteering meant for young people who want to become or improve being a peacebuilder. Participants follow the curriculum of the Study Program “Engaging Nonviolence. Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World”, during an introduction weekend and weekly workshops. And they will volunteer with local NGOs to gain work experience and apply their new skills.
The program starts with an introduction weekend, in which we follow the curriculum of Pace e Bene’s study program Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World. To give you practical experiences, the rest of the month you will be volunteering and following workshops. You will volunteer at a local organisation of your choice for 4 days a week. The group will meet Thursday afternoon for reflection, knowledge exchange, and designing a collective project. The workshops will be on Fridays, where you will learn more Peacebuilder skills. There will also be opportunities for community-building gatherings.
This summer program will give young people across the globe the opportunity to:
Gain practical skills to become effective peacebuilders in their local communities, as well as internationally;
Gain knowledge and understanding of the necessary elements of developing a culture of peace and nonviolence;
Immerse in volunteering to get hands-on working experience;
Expand horizons by spending time in a diverse group with people from different backgrounds.
practical skills to become effective peacebuilders, such as conflict prevention, management and resolution, nonviolent communication, allyship and other anti-oppression work, emotional resilience and self-care, caring for the Earth, and social movement dynamics and organisation.
knowledge and understanding of structural and cultural violence and nonviolence.
work experience in the non-profit sector, such as refugee support.
increased open-mindedness and cultural sensitivity.
a support network of international peacebuilders; practitioners who share a common commitment to nonviolent social change, that inspire and encourage each other and sustain the motivation to be socially engaged.
FOR WHOM? This summer program will give young people across the globe the opportunity to: The program is meant for young people (between around 21 and 31) who have been engaged with something relevant to peacebuilding through study, (volunteering) work or social activities, so that they can apply and share what they've learned and enhance and grow in the process of becoming a peacebuilder.
HOW TO APPLY? Please fill out our online application form, and email us your CV (max. 2 pages). We will have 10 to 14 spots. Applications open until June 10.
ORGANISATIONS Please check the website for an updated list of participating organisations for volunteering.
The participation costs of the program are 350 euro*, for which we will cover housing, workshop materials and lunch+dinner on the introduction weekend. Travel expenses are for your own account, but for those that live far and need assistance we organise a crowdfunding campaign. Please help us share it, to make the program accessible to more people.