Rondine Cittadella della Pace Program: Call for the selection of participants for the project “Free to Remain, Free to Leave”, 2019-2021, Italy (Fully Funded)

Rondine Cittadella della Pace Program: Call for the selection of participants for the project “Free to Remain, Free to Leave”, 2019-2021, Italy (Fully Funded)

Deadline: 13th January 2019

The Association Rondine Cittadella della Pace, based in Italy, has been working for peace and
dialogue for 20 years. Utilizing an original training approach, the program aims at promoting
conflict transformation through the experience of young people coming from different cultures or
conflict and post-conflict areas.
During a two-year experience, participants deconstruct the idea of the “enemy” and work actively
to develop projects with social, political and economic impact in order to contribute to peaceful
development in their own countries and in the world.

To achieve these results, students receive high quality trainings on topics connected to conflict
management, as well as improve their communication skills and learn about the necessary methodologies needed to create concrete opportunities for development and reconciliation.
In addition to this specific training, students develop their own professional and academic
curriculum by obtaining a master’s degree or a specialization by high vocational education.

The project ‘Free to Remain, Free to Leave’

The aim of the project is training young Nigerians in Rondine Cittadella della Pace on the subject of
reconciliation, development and to support them in planning a social impact project to be implemented when returning to their country of origin. Projects are expected to have a social impact that may actually trigger a deep social, economic and political change in Nigeria.

It is now possible to apply to the current training program which will run from July 2019 to June
2021 and is divided into three main areas: daily life, trainings and academics. All areas are strongly
oriented toward the principles and values of Rondine’s mission:

(1. In the daily context, through cohabitation with others, the participant has to practice respect
for the other as a person and is asked for responsible participation in the educative processes. The entire experience is based on relations and active listening, in order to
understand social, cultural and religious diversity and to be able to witness its previous and current experience and to develop projects having social impact.

In practice, the participant is expected to actively contribute to the daily activities of Rondine and to adopt a proactive attitude. Participation and attendance to activities is
crucial and present an occasion during which the participant can show and exercise the skills
developed during the training courses.

(2. In the training context, divided into series of activities aimed at deepening personal competences and soft skills such as leadership, communication, storytelling, team building, active learning and etc. The core of the training is about conflict transformation, which aims
to cover the understanding of the causes and consequences of the war in their respective countries, through the confrontation of experiences of different conflicts. The training
program also covers human rights, mediation, project writing and management conducted
by international and local mediators, trainers and specialized psychologists.

They act as facilitators in confrontation between students to be able to share their views on personal
identity issues, starting from their culture, history, customs, traditions and stereotypes, to their own approach of the conflict. The topics are addressed through activities and trainings that foster interpersonal communication and gradual expression of their experiences by
taking into consideration different points of view.

3. In the academic context, through the work on a master’s degree or other type of vocational
training courses at the main universities or institutes in Central Italy (Tuscany, Umbria), the
participant will complete the personal study curriculum started in his/her country, getting prepared for the job market with greater sensibility and focus on social changes. Rondine
fellows generally attend a one-year master (60 ECTS) on a part-time basis, so to be compatible with the Rondine training.

The choice of the course will be agreed upon with
the educational staff, and it will be bound by the level of study stated in the Dichiarazione di Valore, a legal document necessary for academic enrolment and to be obtained by the candidate before his/her arrival in Italy. Rondine welcomes students having all academic backgrounds since we strongly believe in the possibility to impact on conflict transformation through civil society and through all the professional sectors.


During the whole period of the participant’s stay, the association takes responsibility of covering the following costs:

  • Cost of the training activities in Rondine
  • Cost of the lodging and board
  • Cost of the academic or vocational training (enrolment fees, learning material, transportation)


Participants will be selected among candidates showing the following characteristics:

  • Ages between 21- 28;
  • Sensibility and readiness to work on the topics of conflict of the country of origin and conflicts in general;
  • Predisposition to leadership;
  • Predisposition to public speaking and communication;
  • Predisposition to team and group work and active listening;
  • Predisposition to taking on roles of responsibility;
  • Predisposition to team building and active involvement;
  • Predisposition to civic engagement and volunteering;
  • Predisposition to entrepreneurship and social innovation;
  • Project-oriented attitude, aiming at implementing social projects upon return to his/her
    home country;
  • Knowledge about civil society and the non- profit sector;
  • Sensibility about global sustainability or at least about some of the following topics:
  • climate change, cooperation, welfare, civil and social economy;
  • A wish to deal with conflict management, during his/her own personal professional growth.

For Enquiries:

For more information

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contact Rondine International Relations Office via
telephone: +39 0575 299666 or

e-mail: [email protected]

How to apply:

Those interested in participating in the Rondine program must send the documents mentioned
below before the 13th
January 2019 to the following email addresses:

[email protected],


[email protected]

The required documents are:

  • Application form (here attached)
  • Copy of passport, valid at least until June 2020;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
  • Copy of the last qualification or certificate, diploma or degree earned;
  • The social impact project proposal that the candidate is planning to develop during his/her experience at Rondine and to implement upon return to his/her home country. The project should include the following points:

◦ Social and geographical contest in which the project will be developed;
◦ Objectives of the project;
◦ Expected activities;
◦ Methodologies to be used;
◦ Expected time-frame;

  • At least one recommendation letter, signed by a professor from the student’s university, or
  • a supervisor of a non-profit or association in which the candidate is active;
  • Copy of the driving license
  • Notice on personal data protection (hand-signed)

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