Terms of participation

The selection of candidates for one-year full-time programme of the Peace Engineers School is open for interested and highly motivated people aged 25 to 60, with varied professional experience from all the regions of Ukraine involved in the project (starting from the group 6). Before the candidates where selected from Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Odesa, Zaporizhia and Kyiv oblasts.
Training is free of charge, participants of the programme receive monthly financial compensation.

We expect the candidates selected to participate in the School to be:

· highly motivated to learn the new profession of a Peace Engineer, a skillful practitioner in the field of building peace and restoring ties between conflicting groups at different levels of Ukrainian society

· ready to devote their time to full-value study and practice within their own communities during one calendar year

· willing and have the courage to actively practice the acquired skills and knowledge in their communities

· willing to integrate the acquired knowledge on the personal level and implement it in everyday life

· prepared to co-reside in the PE House together with other participants of the School — their fellow group members

· be in good physical and mental shape and actively maintain it throughout the training

· live their lives caring for natural resources and environment and be open to implementation of methods that serve this goal

COST-FREE PARTICIPATION:
Our training programme is free of charge for its participants. The funds for financing it are provided to organisers by the donor, based on the experience of previous cooperation and with great confidence as to their targeted and effective use. Therefore, the organisers are very hopeful the participants will contribute to the programme with their commitment to learning, eagerness, diligence and honesty.

FULL-TIME PARTICIPATION:
Peace Engineers School requires the full-time engagement of the participants for one calendar year. Judging by previous experience, we assume that it will be difficult for participants to combine work with studies during the school period. We expect participants to devote themselves fully to the learning process.

COMMUNITY-TYPE STUDY FORMAT:
Workshops (the first 4 months) are aimed at developing not only individual skills but also at building up and developing the community. Living in the House of PEs, participants will study together and share their household duties between themselves, including cleaning, arranging coffee-breaks, gardening, etc. After the training cycle and during the cycles of practical work, the sense of community will be preserved through mutual feedback and teamwork.


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“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” Martin Luther King