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Global Virtual Opportunities

Despite the on-going uncertainty around the world, now is a great time to take advantage of some fantastic virtual global experiences that are completely free and can be done from the comfort and safety of your home. The below options offer a wide range of interesting topics, the chance to connect with others around the world, and gain new skills and knowledge. We aim to add more opportunities as they become available, so keep checking back!

We'd love to hear from you! It would be incredibly helpful if you can share your thoughts on virtual global experiences, and what other opportunities you would like to see City offer. This survey should take only a few minutes of your time: Virtual Global Experiences Survey

Thinking Ahead - Light Up!: TEDI-London

*Apply Now via link above! Must be available for 10 hours between 27th July - 14th August*

Setting the scene:

A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Our attention spans are at the lowest ever recorded.

According to the World Health Organisation, 50 million people live with dementia and this is set to rise to 82 million by 2030, with one new case diagnosed every three seconds. About 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's ADDM Network. About 1 in 6 (17%) children aged 3–17 years were diagnosed with a developmental disability, as reported by parents, during a study period of 2009-2017.

Globally, it is estimated that at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness. Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts. Most people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years.

According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Despite this, nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional.

What will I do?

You are tasked with designing a prototype of a community structure which, by using light and colour as its primary aesthetic, encourages people to visit and caters for the individual needs of one or more of the groups detailed above. The proposed location is the area next to Canada Water tube station and Canada Water Theatre, close to the TEDI-London campus. Your choice of structure could be a building, a sculpture, an installation, or an immersive experience.

You are encouraged to try and gain further understanding relating to light and colour and combine this knowledge to create an engineered and/or artistic solution. Depending on your approach, you could develop an understanding of applying geometry, mathematics and physics in architecture. You could also learn about construction skills and the manipulation of given materials as well as how to find inspiration from a diverse range of sources. You could also delve deeper into the psychology behind the effect of colour and shape – all of these resources will be made available to you.

UK101: Common Purpose Leadership Programme

Common Purpose asked 1000 young people across the UK what kind of leaders they want to become. They condensed the insights they gained, and the result is UK101 Leadership Programme.

UK101 Leaders combine and strike a balance between four elements: being RadicalStrategicEmbracing, and Resilient.

UK101 is a free, online leadership development programme that explores the concept of UK101 Leadership. As a participant, you will learn alongside a diverse group of peers to develop your own UK101 leadership skills through interactive exercises, engaging articles, and discussion forums. You will also hear stories of UK101 leadership from a wide range of senior and emerging leaders, such as a migrant rights activist, a social entrepreneur, a scientist, an Extinction Rebellion organizer, a former NHS doctor, a mother and daughter duo, and the head of a university business school. The programme takes between 4-6 hours which you can complete at your own pace during the 7-week cohort.

*Click on the link above to sign up and for more information! The next programme starts on 17th August - apply now!*

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange 

The Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project proposes different models of Virtual Exchange activities with different formats, duration, time investment, thematic scope and number of participants. These opportunities are all free!

Cultural Encounters:  The Big Climate Movement

  • Application Deadline: 28th September
  • Dates: 12th October - 11th December

The flagship Virtual Exchange course 'Cultural Encounters' focuses on key debates around climate change As young people mobilise around one of humanity’s biggest questions, this course asks: what is the impact of climate change on the planet; political action and the movement of people? Participants have the opportunity to access multimedia lecture series with materials from expert academics and practitioners. In addition, participants meet online in their intercultural dialogue groups to discuss the themes and engage in interactive skill-building activities.

The conversation about climate is a conversation about movement. Scientists point to the slow but steady upward movement of the planet’s temperature. Activists demand movement and change from governments and policymakers. Unprecedented global youth movements have emerged and shifted public discourse. New and more extreme climatic events are forcibly displacing people from their homes or livelihoods, and depleted natural resources threaten stability and peace.

Students from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean region can learn with, and from, each other through Virtual Exchange. With the guidance of certified dialogue facilitators, they will meet weekly to discuss the themes of the course and engage in interactive assignments building 21st-century skills and bringing their online experience to their offline realities. Participants develop transversal skills such as self-esteem, curiosity and cross-cultural communication skills and will be awarded Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange digital Badges highlighting the skills achieved.

Social Circles:

Participants discuss current issues that matter to them and develop a better understanding of each other’s viewpoints in small group discussions. Online facilitated dialogue activities offer opportunities for young people to connect together in safe online spaces. Participants build meaningful relationships across borders and cultures, and practise important employability skills such as; critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, team-work and media literacy.

2020 Topics and Dates

"How to balance local culture and globalization?”

  • August 3rd - 14th
  • Live sessions: 7th & 14th August 2020
  • Application deadline: 19th July 2020
  • Language(s): English, French, Arabic

Debate Team Leader Training:

Provides a better understanding of the intercultural youth-led debate methodology, equipping participants with debate and dialogue techniques.The aim of the Debate Team Leader Training is to enhance young people's parliamentary debate skills, such as: building arguments, active listening and rebuttal, organisation of speeches and the use of a specific format for discussion. Participants are first taught to listen, understand, and absorb what others in the group are saying before responding to the messages being relayed.

3 upcoming start dates to choose from: September 19th, October 10th, October 31st

Future Learn: Cultural Skills

Online learning offers a new way to explore subjects you’re passionate about. Have a browse on the Future Learn website for topics and courses that may be of interest. Keep in mind some courses require a fee, but many others - including the below options - are completely free. The below courses run between 2-4 weeks, depending on the topic, with dates ranging from End of May - July/August.