‘From Local to Global’

Inspiring young leaders to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world.

This will be an opportunity to discover another culture, and truly become global citizens.

About the programme

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), in partnership with Clarion Futures, invites eligible individuals to apply for an exciting youth exchange programme, which is designed to foster connections between young people in the UK and Cyprus. We are recruiting for 10 exchange participants from Cyprus, with a start in early November for a 12 month period.

The main aim is to promote positive values, share learning on the global issue of COVID-19 on young people, and lead on social action projects that can change the world.

The exchange programme will enable a wide variety of young people to come together in England and Cyprus with a common purpose: building and maintaining connected communities during and post the COVID-19 crisis. Participants will then share the knowledge acquired through this experience with their networks on their return. 

What are the costs?

Costs for participating in the programme, including flights, accommodation, meals and other logistical expenses relating to the international exchanges, will be met by the RCS, Clarion Futures and their partner, donor organisations and individuals. Bursaries to assist with the delivery of qualifying Social Action Plans will also be considered.

How can I apply?

Please submit an application form to express an interest in joining our Social Action Youth Exchange Programme. Please send your answers on the below application form to [email protected]

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 11:59PM GMT, TUESDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2020.

All applications will be acknowledged, and a member of the team will contact you if you have been successful to arrange an informal interview and provide you with more information about the programme. Please note that individual feedback will not be provided for unsuccessful applications.

Please note all participants should be:

  • 18-25 years old;
  • A Cypriot national; 
  • Passionate about creating positive change in your community;
  • Have some previous experience of engaging in social action, volunteering or activism;
  • Knowledge of grassroots organisations and social action opportunities in your local area;
  • Knowledge of young people in your community and the issues that affect them;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Enjoy meeting new people and would be excited to attend a 4-day online training programme in December, and a 5-day Youth Exchange in Cyprus;
  • An active team member who will commit to attending all meetings and virtual training/exchange activities, as well as participate in the programme for a 12-month period.

Please submit answers the questions in the application form by typing your answers in the boxes or by answering the questions on a video recording of yourself. Because good communication and energy are such important parts of this role, we will take into account any videos received. This doesn’t need to be a Hollywood production; something recorded on your phone is fine. The video should be no longer than 5 minutes, using the questions below as inspiration. 

Please also send us your CV if you have one and details of two references. 

Download the application form