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The Inside Change Caux-Leadership programme is an opportunity for young people to experience the full richness of the Caux conference centre: to contribute their service to the conferences, and through the training program to engage with what it means to offer leadership for this century. Forget what you would expect from a ‘normal’ internship and traditional ideas of ‘leadership’ – this programme asks you to challenge everything, starting with yourself.
The Inside Change programme is for people who care about personal and global change; and who care enough to challenge themselves – that includes the faculty. Much of the training programme will be based around the exploration of tools that address both these dimensions of change. An inquiring spirit - looking for better questions, not bringing pre-formed answers – is central to the experience.
The reason we do this is because people can study in a classroom about Politics or International Relations or Sociology, and yet so often the theory breaks down at the personal level, between people who can’t find the trust between each other to move a situation forward – with friends or family, with States in international negotiations, and everything in between. So this program is designed to invite more introspection, and develop a lifestyle of leadership that includes taking a hard look at ourselves and how we relate to people in everyday life?
The programme is structured around three cornerstones of workshops, department work, and space for reflection. And all this is experienced in community.
Caux international conference centre, 1000m above Montreux, Switzerland.
The International Caux conferences attract hundreds of people from all over the world. As part of the community-building process, elements of the day-to-day practical work of the centre are done by conference participants, led by Inside Change participants. Participants have a unique opportunity to develop skills and receive training in leading international teams, as well as follow a series of leadership workshops offered specifically for the participants team. Completion certificates are given.
Hospitality is a core value of the Caux conferences and of the Caux-leadership programme. The spirit in which we welcome people from all corners of the world, make them feel at home and include them in hosting the house, is central to the Caux approach.
This "community in service" is the place where we put into practice the values we talk about – teamwork, trust-building, inclusion, multiculturalism, and community-building. We experience it by becoming aware of the skills needed to create authentic communities. The departments where participants will be involved, for roughly 26 hours each week, include: dining room, kitchen, economat, housekeeping, technical, secretariat, allocation, reception and flower arrangements. Participants may spend some time in different work areas depending on the needs at any given time. A willingness to serve and help where needed is important. If you don’t believe that there’s any link between making a bed, or cooking a meal, and finding ways forward in intractable international conflicts, don’t apply. But if you’re intrigued by that link, come and explore it with us! For more information about each of the different department roles, please click here.
Beyond the service contribution to the day-to-day running of the house, and the orientation sessions of the programme, there will also be a parallel training programme, which is central to the Inside Change experience. This will primarily be structured around the Inside Change course, which is a series of 14 two-hour workshops. If you want a training course that gives you volumes of ‘information’ and ‘knowledge’, that’s great – look elsewhere! If you are looking for a training course where you can challenge yourself to explore your own life and experience more deeply, to challenge yourself, and unlock your creative potential, apply now! Inside Change aims:
The facilitation and training will draw on:
Interns will also have the opportunity to meet with conference participants. You should note that opportunities to attend the conference sessions will be limited by commitments in the training programme and the departments – if you want to experience a conference fully, you might consider taking part as a participant directly after the Inside Change programme (for the first session) or immediately before the programme (for the second session).
For a flavour of the Inside Change experience, have a look at this webpage created by one of the interns from 2013
There will also be a number of optional workshops, and details of the plan for these will be updated as they are refined for 2015 – watch this space!
Session 1: 18/06/15 - 21/07/15 Inclusive Session 2: 13/07/15 - 15/08/15 Inclusive
The travel days are final, interns are required to arrive and depart on these dates. Session 1: 18/06/15 - 21/07/15 Inclusive (You must* arrive 18/06/15 and depart on 21/07/15) Session 2: 13/07/15 - 15/08/15 Inclusive Inclusive (You must* arrive 13/07/15 and depart on 15/08/15) *Some exceptions will be made to accommodate people traveling from far away. We will address this on a case by case basis when the intern is accepted to the program.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 2015 but no more than 30 years, and with a good command of English and preferably another language. French is especially useful (and is a requirement for work in the reception). Previous leadership and organisational experience is an advantage, as are skills related to the areas of service. That said, one of the riches of the programme is the huge diversity of experience, education and background, injecting unexpected elements.
There are also some basic expectations that all applicants should have of the programme. Please read these before you consider applying:
Interviews of a short-list will take place in February 2015, and the final selection will be made by mid-March, 2015.
Board and lodging are fully covered, but participants are expected to fund their travel costs to and from Caux. As the Caux centre is charitably funded through the contributions of many volunteers' time, talents and money, any financial contribution you are able to raise for your stay will be greatly appreciated.
If you or someone you know is able to contribute to the cost of an accepted intern that otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the program, please contact us. Diversity of background is of the highest importance to us and in no way do we want to limit anyone's ability to participate due to their financial situation.
For all Participants who are selected, there will be a registration fee of 250 CHF for the Programme.
Once your application as an intern has been accepted, you may pay this fee by clicking the button below or by direct transfer to a Caux account.
Foundation CAUX-Initiatives of Change, CH-6002 Lucerne:
To donate, click the button below or download a one page donors' brochure here.
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