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Soliya’s global network is made up of extraordinary individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, professions, and passions. This network plays a crucial role in Soliya’s mission, contributing to the success and quality of the online engagement that is central to our programming.

Soliya supports our vital community through continued learning, engagement, and professional growth opportunities, including specialized trainings on advanced facilitation themes, skill-building workshops, and access to our online community space where members can share resources and opportunities. All community members are encouraged to progress into different roles within our programming to gain more experience with virtual exchange, technology-enabled education, and intercultural dialogue while honing 21st Century skills.

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Facilitators are central to the Connect Program as they ensure that dialogue remains meaningful and participants experience a valuable learning process.

To become a facilitator, individuals must apply to participate in Soliya's online trainings that prepare trainees with facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Training includes one semester of practicum facilitation with the Connect Program, after which facilitators are awarded Soliya’s UN Habitat endorsed certification of dialogue facilitation.

Facilitation is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. If you are already a facilitator, see below for opportunities for increased involvement with Soliya.


Senior Facilitators are seasoned Soliya facilitators looking to take on a challenge by solo facilitating multiple dialogue groups per semester. To be eligible, you must have co- facilitated with Soliya for a minimum of two semesters, have excellent facilitation skills, and be able to commit at least eight hours per week for the duration of the program semester.

Long-term (one year) and short-term (one semester) contracts are available for a stipend, and both are perfect for freelancers, students, and those able to make their own schedule. Applications for senior facilitation can be found in the invitation to facilitate sent out six weeks before each semester launch.


Coaches are experienced facilitators who support Soliya’s facilitator community by helping to address challenges, leading community coaching activities, and observing facilitators in action. 

To be eligible, you must have facilitated with Soliya for at least two semesters, demonstrated a strong commitment to Soliya’s mission, been receptive to (coach) support and feedback, have excellent facilitation skills, and be able to commit three hours per week during the Connect Program semester. 

Coaching is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Coach applications can be found in the invitation to facilitate sent out six weeks before each semester launch.


Trainers are a specialized group of individuals with extensive facilitation and coaching experience. They lead training sessions, provide feedback, and assess trainees as they guide them in the group learning process. Trainers are key in building the facilitator community and helping individuals hone and refine their facilitation skills.

To apply, you must have experience facilitating and coaching for the Connect Program (ideally two successful facilitation semesters and one coaching semester). Successful applicants will receive a Training of Trainers (which includes one cycle of training a group) and must commit approximately five hours per week per training group in Soliya-related activities. Trainer levels include:

Co-Trainers are individuals who have just completed their Training of Trainers and are beginning to co-train sessions with a more experienced Soliya trainer. After training six training groups as a co-trainer over a two-year period, or four training groups over a one-year period, Co-Trainers become eligible to become Senior Trainers.

Senior Trainers can solo train all groups, except for those in intensive training. Though unpaid, Senior Trainers who train several groups may receive a stipend.

Lead Trainers: Senior Trainers become Lead Trainers when they train three or more groups each cycle for at least three training cycles each year. Lead Trainers received stipends whenever they train three or more groups per cycle and receive priority placement (limited only by scheduling restrictions and group availability).

To apply to become a Soliya trainer, please email Katja Riikonen at outlining your interest and experience with Soliya.


Observers are a team of seasoned community members who contribute to Soliya’s quality control monitoring and support systems by observing dialogue sessions. 

Observers must have been with Soliya for a minimum of three semesters (inclusive of one semester of coaching) and must commit at least four hours per week observing the Connect Program. 

The observer role is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Observer registration can be found in the invitation to facilitate sent out six weeks before each semester launch.


The Facilitation Fellowship is a great opportunity to deepen your involvement with Soliya and its mission while developing practical skills in facilitation, coaching, and quality control.

To qualify, you must have successfully facilitated at least two semesters with Soliya (those with coaching or senior facilitation experience are preferred), as well as have demonstrated strong facilitation skills, knowledge of program protocols, excellent communication and writing skills, solid computer skills, and proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite.

Facilitation fellowships are paid short-term contracts and include either full or part time hours (20/40 hours per week) for a nine-week contract, starting date commensurate with Connect Program dates. Applications are accepted in December for the spring semester and August for the fall semester. Check here for more information.