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Deadline: March 4, 2018 18:00 (CET)
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Dates: August 12-18, 2018
Eligibility: Participants should be between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the summit
Application fee: USD 35,-
Location: Switzerland

Global Youth Summit 2018

Global Youth Summit 2018 will be gathering 60 Changemakers for a fully-funded, life-changing youth opportunity – a week of training sessions, networking and workshops.

Participants will learn skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations, pitching and more!

The 2018 Changemakers will join the global family of young people making a difference all over the world and be eligible to receive grant funding from Global Changemakers.

Why apply?

  • If you are selected, your flight (from your country’s main airport), transport from Zurich to the summit, accommodation and food costs will be covered for the duration of the summit.
  • Insurance and additional personal expenses, as well as visas, to enter Switzerland (for those who require one) will not be covered.
  • Participants will learn skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations, pitching and more
  • The Global Youth Summit is a fully funded, life-changing youth opportunity – a week of training sessions, networking and workshops.

More reasons to apply

Here are some of the highlights of past summits which you may experience as a Global Changemaker 2018!

  • Peer Facilitators

Global Changemakers is an international youth network with Changemakers in 180 countries and each year they draw from this network and select a group of Peer Facilitators through a competitive selection process.

The Peer Facilitators use their knowledge and experience to co-create and join our team in delivering each summit. The Peers form an integral part of each summit, offering sessions, leading activities, providing mentorship and more.

  • Working in Issue Groups

The summit brings together young people working on issues as varied as climate change, human rights, equality, corruption, peace, mental health and so much more!

At each Global Youth Summit, participants are grouped by the issues that they work on in order to learn from each others experiences as well as use their issue to practically understand useful concepts such as Design Thinking Methodology.

  • Skills Marketplace

No two Changemakers are alike. The organizers appreciate that each Changemaker may require different skills to increase their impact from one of the others.

Therefore each year they create a “Skills Marketplace” where we bring in experts on a range of topics from critical thinking to branding, public speaking, networking, fundraising, project management and so much more!

Participants choose which skills they most need and breakaway to these skill sessions to ensure maximum gain from the summit.

  • UnConference

All coming from different backgrounds and experiences, each Global Changemaker has a unique set of skills. Global Youth Summit throws the idea of a traditional conference setting away for part of the summit where the participants decide what they want to learn, source these skills from within the group and then design and leads their own sessions in order to share their skills with each other.

  • Expert Speakers

As part of the programme each year, Global Youth Summit invites experts from various fields to share practical, groundbreaking insights from the front lines of trying to change the world.

From bestselling authors to activists, policymakers, business leaders, campaigners, social entrepreneurs and others from organizations such as Global Citizen, Kids with a Cause, Films for the Earth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Scaling4Good, Pangea and more.

  • Swiss Excursions and Leisure Activities

The summit takes place in beautiful Switzerland and each afternoon and evening the advantage of the long European summer days is being taken by organizing optional activities such as nature walks, meditation, crossfit, epic frisbee games, juggling and talking until the early hours under the endless stars at the bonfire.

Each summit programme includes a day spent exploring Zurich including a boat tour on Lake Zurich and a cocktail reception in one of the cities many wonderful venues.

  • Enabling Panel and Financial Support for Projects

The summit offers you the chance to learn how to increase the impact of your work, to create innovative ways to further improve your community and our world as well as pitch your idea to an enabling panel for constructive feedback.

Global Changemakers is a pioneer in youth-led development and has supported over 300 projects worldwide, affecting more than 4 million people. By becoming a Global Changemaker you too will have the opportunity to get the financial support you need to make your change happen!

Interested in attending the Global Youth Summit 2018? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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