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
*Apply Now via link above! Must be available for 10 hours between 27th July - 14th August*
Setting the scene:
What will I do?
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 Radical, Strategic, Embracing, 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!*
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!
- 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.
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
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
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.
- Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change through Policymaking
- Cultural Diversity and the City
- Unleash your Potential: Global Citizenship
- Improve your Intercultural Competence
- Cultural Diplomacy
- Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Crossing Borders
- Introduction to Intercultural Studies: The Branding of Culture