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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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Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation Training
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.
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.
As a training moderator, you will be working with a team of moderators and trainers to help guide trainees through Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation – an asynchronous online course. Through this role, you will gain skills in training and mentorship, leadership, and feedback development.
This role is aimed at those senior facilitators wanting to diversify their facilitation experience and especially those thinking of becoming trainers. You should have a solid background in facilitation and interest in taking on a mentorship type role with new facilitators-to-be. At least two semesters of facilitation and experience in coaching and providing peer feedback is required.
The moderator role is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Express your interest here to join the training team as a training moderator.
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 their group learning process. Trainers are key in building the facilitator community and helping individuals work on their facilitation skills.
To apply, you must have experience facilitating and coaching, and working as a training moderator. Successful applicants will receive a Training of Trainers (including practicum of one cycle of co-training a group) and must commit approximately five to six hours per week per training group in training-related activities.
As trainers gain experience, they are able to reach different trainer levels and become eligible for trainer stipends. To indicate your interest in becoming a trainer, please fill out this form.
Co-Trainers are individuals who have completed their Training of Trainers and are beginning to co-train sessions with a more experienced Soliya trainer. After successfully training a minimum of three training groups as a co-trainer over a one-year period, Co-Trainers can become eligible to become Senior Trainers.
Senior Trainers can solo train groups and work independently in leading groups through the learning process. Though unpaid, Senior Trainers who train several groups may receive a stipend.
Lead Trainers: Lead Trainers are Senior Trainers who commit to train multiple training groups each training cycle for at least three training cycles each year. Lead Trainers receive stipends whenever they commit to sustained involvement and receive priority placement (limited only by scheduling restrictions and group availability).