Waleed Nassar, Soliya facilitator, Toronto
Arij Guenaoui, Soliya facilitator, Tunisia
Erin Williams, Soliya facilitator, UK
Greg Tuke, Soliya facilitator
Ibrahim Fouda, Soliya facilitator, Afghanistan
Ola Bakri, Soliya facilitator
Facilitators are integral to Soliya’s mission: the quality and rigor of Connect Program sessions rely on the highly skilled and extensively trained facilitator community. This global community draws from a wide range of professions and backgrounds and represents a variety of interests, politics, countries, and cultures. But all share a curiosity about the world and a passion for engaging an inclusive, diverse community in constructive dialogue.
Led by an experienced trainer, participants meet in small online group sessions to develop and practice the necessary dialogue facilitation, technology, and conflict resolution skills to guide and deepen cross-cultural discussions. By engaging in an interactive group learning process with an international training group, participants also build key 21st Century skills including critical thinking and cross-cultural communication and collaboration.
Facilitation training also includes a practicum of facilitating one semester in Soliya’s Connect Program; after doing so, successful facilitators receive a United Nations Advanced Facilitation Training Certification and will be invited to continue as volunteer facilitators in the Connect Program.
Facilitation Training includes the following components:
“Serving as a facilitator was a tremendously inspirational experience. Beyond reinforcing my commitment to cross-cultural education, facilitating has helped me to become a better listener and empathizer.”
— Chelsea, Facilitator
“I’ve learned to embrace the unexpected and to lean into the uncomfortable moments because these are the opportunities to learn more about each other and to problem solve together.”
— female, Facilitator
“The first semester is always overwhelming, but you learn to relax and roll with the punches. I love meeting new people each semester. I get a lot out of Soliya on a personal level and the skills are useful and transferable.”
— Keith Williams (California, USA), Super facilitator, coach and Soliya ambassador
Become a Facilitator
Recognizing the key role that quality facilitation plays in supporting meaningful cross-cultural dialogue and, more broadly, in how we deal with conflict, Soliya designed trainings that teach facilitation and conflict resolution skills that are applicable to a variety of professional interpersonal interactions, as well as the unique experience of the Connect Program.
Through our Facilitation Training and Practicum Program you can become part of Soliya's mission, develop your skills in facilitation and leading virtual exchange, and connect to our international community.
As a facilitator with Soliya, you will gain:
Soliya Facilitation Training and Practicum program
Our trainings consist of a mixture of live online sessions, readings, multimedia resources, and group activities. Online sessions include interactive discussions and activities, simulated facilitation practices, and feedback.
The training program takes place in two formats: Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation, and Advanced Training.
Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation Training:
This 10-hour training provides trainees with an introduction to the fundamental skills and concepts of dialogue facilitation. Trainees will have opportunity to explore these concepts in a group learning environment and practice skills in various activities. Participants who successfully complete this training can proceed to the Advanced module.
Advanced Facilitation Training & Connect Program Facilitation Practicum:
This 20-hour training and 16-hour facilitation practicum is tailored for those with a strong foundation in conflict resolution and facilitation. It allows trainees to take on a more challenging curriculum, hone specific facilitation techniques, and gain real dialogue facilitation experience.
Successful completion of the Advanced Training qualifies trainees to move to the facilitation practicum and they are invited to facilitate for the Connect Program. After completing one semester of facilitation, trainees will receive a Soliya Advanced Facilitation Training Certificate endorsed by the UN Habitat and will be invited to continue as volunteer facilitators in Soliya’s Connect Program.
Individual Application and Fees
Introduction To Dialogue Facilitation
Individual applicants may choose to apply to this training by selecting a preference for the “Introduction training” in the application and an interviewer will assess each applicant for placement in this training. Soliya provides the training free of charge; however, once a trainee moves to the Advanced module the advanced fees will apply.
If you are a Connect Program alumni applying for this training, please indicate this in your application and include the name of your university.
Advanced Facilitation Training
Individual applicants may choose to apply to this training by selecting a preference for the “advanced training” in the application and an interviewer will assess each applicant for placement in this training.
Once an applicant is accepted to join the Advanced training, the below fees will apply. Payments can be made online using a debit or credit card. Wire transfer and mail in check (for US based applicants only) payment methods are also available if preferred. More information about how to make a payment will be sent with the registration process after an applicant is accepted into the training.
Registration fee: 50 USD
Tuition: 425 USD
Scholarship: Soliya is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to cover tuition costs. Please explain in the cover letter of your application towards what goals you wish to apply your training. Educators and applicants who express interest in advancing to facilitation upon the successful completion of the training will be given priority in scholarship placement. If you qualify for a scholarship, you will only be responsible for the registration fee.
What does the registration fee cover?
Payment of the registration fee confirms your placement in the facilitation training program. Limited places are available for each training cycle. The fee also covers the cost of scheduling, as well as some of the initial communications and support to keep you well informed on the training process and address any concerns or questions you may have. As an online program, we provide technical support to help you successfully participate in the training.
Partnerships and Group Fees
Group rates are available for organizations, campuses, and companies interested in offering Soliya’s facilitation training to their employees as a professional development tool or as part of their employee engagement programs. Custom-designed cross-cultural facilitation training and dialogue programs may be made available on demand per a partnership agreement.
For more information on partnerships and group rates, contact Ayca Ariyoruk at email@example.com.
We provide several annual trainings and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for the closest training cycles.
If you are ready to apply, please click APPLY and fill in the application form. You should receive an email confirming that we have received your application.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the training, facilitation, or your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Training Calendar
Winter Intensive Advanced Training: January, 5 weeks, 4-hour weekly sessions
Spring Introduction Training: March, 4 to 5 weeks, 2-hour weekly sessions
Summer Advanced Training: April/May, 10 weeks, 2-hour weekly sessions
August Introduction Training: August, 4 to 5 weeks, 2-hour weekly sessions
August Intensive Advanced Training: August, 5 weeks, 4-hour weekly sessions
Fall Advanced Training: October, 10 weeks, 2-hour weekly sessions.
Connect Program Facilitation Schedule
Trainees who successfully complete the training will become part of our international team of volunteers and are considered as facilitators for Soliya’s Connect Program. The Program runs twice a year for an 8-week semester, in approximately March/April and again in October/November. During the Connect Program, all of the two–hour sessions take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 7am and 2pm Eastern Standard Time.
For more information on the Connect Program, click here.
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