CPLP 2017
Participants' Guide
Caux Peace and Leadership Programme

YOUR GUIDE TO BEING A PARTICIPANT IN THE CAUX PEACE AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

This programme has replaced the Caux Interns Leadership Programme and the Sponsored Participants/Volunteers and offers training and experience tailored to the needs of participants and those of their communities.

Caux Peace and Leadership Programme (CPLP) participants benefit from an intercultural community, practical experience, new networks and responsibility, and the opportunity to explore their own values, and those of Initiatives of Change (IofC), through their service to the Caux Forum community.

 

 

1. THE PLACE

The Caux Palace has been owned by the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC), the Swiss national body of the worldwide movement known as Initiatives of Change, since 1946. It is an international conference centre in a small village above Lake Geneva, which does not have any shops or restaurants. The conference centre is very much the main part of the village.
 

THE CAUX FORUM

The Caux Peace and Leadership Programme is part of the Caux Forum, which aims to inspire, equip and connect people, groups and organizations to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Its annual summer conferences and programmes (Caux Scholars and CPLP) in the Caux Palace offer a safe space where people can meet in a true diversity of ages, genders, cultures, sectors and beliefs. Now in its 72nd year, Caux encourages participants to explore their potential as changemakers, on the principle that everyone can make a difference. Its unique approach focuses on taking time to reflect, sharing stories and taking part in the tasks involved in the running of the conference centre. The Caux Forum is organized by the CAUX-IofC Foundation in collaboration with the Initiatives of Change network and its partners. 

SHARING OUR VALUES

People connected to Initiatives of Change believe that change in the world begins with themselves and that by taking time to listen in quiet, we will have the opportunity to see where we can change, and how that can affect our own community, leading to a change in the world. This time for reflection is part of the culture that has been developed in Caux, and is why many people return. At Caux we provide a safe space for honest conversation where change can begin.

The Foundation's values are those of respect for human dignity, truth, solidarity and care. We don’t always succeed but what we ask of each other, while in Caux, is to practise love through tolerating different views, cultures, faiths or any other areas where we may not feel as one. This challenge is at the very heart of beginning to take personal initiatives of change, which can have an impact at a much wider level.

 

 

2. PRACTICAL INFORMATION

TRAINING SESSIONS, SERVICE AND FORUM ACTIVITIES

During your stay and participation in the programme, you will

  • attend the training sessions of the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme,
  • put into practice your training within the different hospitality and Forum departments of the Conference Centre,
  • participate in a selection of workshops and activities of the Caux Forum

We will endeavour to help you to find a good balance between the day-to-day activity of Caux and personal reflective time.

 

IN WHICH DEPARTMENT WILL I PUT MY TRAINING INTO PRACTICE?

You will be allocated to one of the hospitality or Forum departments according to your skills and experience, and in line with their needs. The HR team will do its best to consider your personal preferences. Successful applicants will be informed of their department before arriving in Caux. This may be subject to change, so please be flexible.

 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY

Participants are required to arrive and depart on the exact dates of a session.

Session 1: Arrival 22 June 2018 (afternoon) – Departure 19 July 2018 (morning)

Session 2: Arrival 15 July 2018 (afternoon) – Departure 11 August 2018 (morning)

Exceptions may be made to accommodate people travelling from far away who need to arrive earlier, but we will address these on a case-by-case basis when the applicant has been accepted.

Early departures will not be possible in order to keep the positive team spirit and ensure that you fully benefit from the programme until the very end of each session.

Do not book flights other than on the dates mentioned above, unless you have confirmed this with the HR Manager. Please be aware that full commitment and presence during all training sessions and service shifts are required. Therefore, before you apply, make sure that you are available during the entire session.

 

BED & MEALS

As part of your participation, your bed and meals will be provided. You will stay in a shared single gender room in the Caux Palace or in one of the nearby houses on the premises. Shared rooms can vary between two to six people per room. If this is a difficulty for you, please let us know before you arrive, as our allocation team has the tricky job of finding the right bed for each individual through the summer.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

The working language of Caux tends to be predominantly English, so proficient English is essential. The local languages of French and German will be very helpful for all roles which require communication with visitors and conference delegates. Any other language is a plus.

 

HOUSE RULES

Smoking is prohibited in the house and on the balconies. We don’t allow alcohol to be drunk or stored in the house. As we have representatives of all faiths and cultures in the Caux Palace, we aim to respect others by considering what we wear, what we say and how we behave, and we keep male and female sleeping areas exclusive to those who live there.

 

WHO PAYS FOR WHAT?

The programme’s costs are partly covered through donations by supporters and participants, supplemented by the CAUX-IofC Foundation.

Your accommodation and meals will be provided but you are expected to fund your travel costs to and from Caux, your visa costs and to have adequate travel and health insurance for Switzerland. It is mandatory to have an international health insurance policy that will cover your stay in Switzerland. Switzerland is an expensive country.

If you or someone you know is able to contribute to the cost of someone who would not otherwise be able to attend the programme, please contact us. Diversity of background is of the highest importance to us.

 

WHAT IS MY LEGAL STATUS WITH IOFC DURING THE PROGRAMME?

Because of the practical service within the different hospitality departments of the Conference Centre, Swiss law will require you to have a work contract and permit. We will arrange the necessary papers for successful applicants. To do this, unless you are Swiss, we need to go through an authorization process with the Swiss authorities, to ensure your stay in Switzerland. This procedure can take up to 12 weeks.

 

 

3. APPLICATION PROCESS

HOW TO APPLY?

The application form will be online from the 1 December until 15 January.
Be sure to send all the documents required so that your application can be processed in time.

 

FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

Once your application is accepted you will receive a letter of confirmation. This will also give you the next steps in preparing for your journey to Caux. Please respond to our letter within 48 hours.

 

WHEN WILL I HEAR IF MY APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL?

We endeavour to inform you of the result of your application at least three months before the beginning of each session. Swiss Embassies do not accept visa applications earlier than three months before their use.

A small number of people may be kept on a waiting list. You will be informed if your name figures on this list. Please provide us with your correct email address and check it frequently. We have tight deadlines and want to give clarity to those on the waiting list as soon as possible. So if you are invited to attend the programme, we ask you to confirm your acceptance within 48 hours.

 

WHAT IF MY APPLICATION IS NOT ACCEPTED?

Please note that we receive hundreds of applications. The choice is always extremely difficult. A negative decision does not reflect a lack of desire to have you as part of the wider Initiatives of Change community, but simply the limited space within the programme.

 

VISA REQUEST AND INFORMATION

If you are successful, the working permit process will start. At the same time, the Swiss visa department will be informed and will work on delivering the authorization to process your visa request in your residential country.

If you need a visa, it will probably mean travelling to your nearest embassy, so please plan for this.

 

 

4. The Final Word

Caux is a fantastic place. You will meet more people from different places, viewpoints and cultures than you will meet virtually anywhere else. We are here to help you have the best time in Caux and we hope you are successful in your application and that we get to meet you in person.

 

 

Photos: Aicha Hajoui