Become a Facilitator

Soliya facilitators are an extraordinary group, drawn from a wide range of professions and backgrounds. It is a true global community –on average, each semester we work with 70 facilitators drawn from more than 25 countries.


Facilitators are absolutely critical to the success of the Soliya dialogue. We would love to have you join our team!

Why Facilitate?
Through their experience with Soliya facilitators gain:

  •   An opportunity to get hands-on experience facilitating international conflict resolution dialogue;
  •   Personalized feedback and coaching on their facilitation skills and style;
  •   Extensive training relevant to both in-person and online group facilitation;
  •   An opportunity to work closely with a partner from across the globe and to be part of an extraordinary international team of volunteers;
  •   Experience working with a growing international non-profit organization.

 

Ideal candidates will possess:

  •   Dialogue experience with groups from diverse cultural backgrounds, preferably as a facilitator or mediator;
  •   A knowledge of international affairs, particularly related to the relationship between the “West” and the “Arab & Muslim World”;
  •   A passion for the issues that Soliya addresses;
  •   Flexibility, creativity, the ability to be honestly and openly self-reflective and a good sense of humor;
  •   Fluency in Arabic a plus.

Graduate students in conflict resolution, psychology, and international relations are encouraged to apply.

Logistics:
All meetings take place online, using Soliya’s webconferencing application. All that is needed to participate in the dialogue is a typical web-cam, microphone/headset, and a high-speed internet connection. Facilitators can work from home, school or their office – wherever they have access to a computer with high-speed internet.

Training Schedule:
Soliya offers two Advanced and two Basic facilitation and conflict resolution trainings a year. The recently added Basic Training now allows for more people to become Soliya facilitators, regardless of their academic and professional backgrounds!

Basic Training:
Occurs twice a year, in the spring sometime between March and May and again in August. Basic Trainings are held over a 3-5 week period and consist of a mixture of online sessions, readings, and multimedia resources. All Connect program Alumni can automatically take a basic training if they are interested; simply indicate that you are an alumni and your university in your online application (explained below in the Application section). If you are not an Alumni but feel that you need more of a foundation in intercultural dialogue/facilitation or want to see what Soliya facilitation is all about, please indicate this preference in your application.

 Also if you are currently a Soliya participant, let your facilitators know about your interest in facilitating and indicate it in your end of semester student evaluation. Already filled in you evaluation before reading this? Just go ahead an fill out an online application, making sure to indicate that you are a Alumni and your university.

Advanced Training:
Occurs twice a year, in the summer June/ July and again in the fall October- December. The fall advanced training is an 8-9 week training during which you meet your group once a week for 2 hour sessions. The summer advanced training is an intense 5-6 week training during which you meet your group once a week for 4 hour sessions. These trainings are tailored for applicants that have a strong foundation in conflict resolution and facilitation and are ready to move on to more advanced and specific techniques for Soliya facilitation.

 For both types of trainings, the day/time trainees meet each week with their groups is tailored to fit each trainee's schedule. Because our facilitators are our greatest asset, we do everything in our power to accommodate their busy schedules.
 
Note: All applications are subject to review by Soliya to determine training level placement, even if a preference has been given.

 

To learn more about the contents of the training, click here.
 
Application:
If you are ready to apply, please click Apply

Applications are accepted all year long on a rolling basis, but space is limited.

The deadlines for each training cycle are the following:

Basic: Spring Training: January 24th

Basic: August Training: June 24th

Advanced: October - December Training: August 24th

Advanced Intense Format: June/July: April 24th

If you submit your application after these deadlines, you will be automatically wait–listed and considered for the following training. Depending on our need, however, wait–listed candidates might still be considered for the training they had intended to apply for. But, applying earlier makes it more likely that you will be interviewed and invited to train.

Facillitation Schedule
Trainees who successfully complete the training will be considered as facilitators for our Connect Program, which runs twice a year – in approximately March/April and again in October/November. During the Connect Program, all of our two–hour sessions take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 7am and 2pm Eastern Standard Time. (Training schedules are more flexible.) For more information on our Connect Program, click here.

Questions?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the training, faciliation, or your application, please contact facilitator@soliya.net.


Hear for Yourself:
If you want to email a current Soliya facilitator with questions please contact info@soliya.net with the subject “contact a facilitator” and we will forward you the email of a group of facilitators who have agreed to correspond with interested candidates.

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