Facilitation Training

Become a virtual exchange facilitator! Facilitators are integral to the mission of virtual exchange programming: the quality and rigor of dialogue 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.

Virtual exchange facilitators are trained to act as third parties who help a group have a constructive, respectful, and authentic dialogue on various topics of (mutual) interest. Facilitators are multi-partial and neutral process leaders — they do not participate in the content of the conversation but do their best to ensure all participants feel free to express themselves and be heard by others, respecting certain agreed-upon ground rules and following the indications of a curriculum as well as the group’s needs and interests.

Facilitators seek to elicit self-group awareness and understanding by providing a safe space and effective learning environment. As a facilitator, it will be your aim to arm participants with tools to hold an effective cross-cultural dialogue where participants learn about one another and themselves, and are inspired to take this understanding beyond their participation in the project and into their communities. Facilitators are trained in utilizing facilitation tools such as active listening, summarizing, reframing, and making use of observations to foster such awareness and address group dynamics. 

As a facilitator with Soliya, you will gain:

An opportunity to get hands-on experience facilitating cross-cultural dialogue. globe-orange.png

Extensive training relevant to both in-person and online group facilitation. training-icon.png

An opportunity to work closely with a partner from across the globe and to be part of an extraordinary international network of volunteers. heads.png

21st century skills such as leadership and initiative, critical thinking and problem solving, cross cultural communication and collaboration, and teamwork. conversation.png

Access to Soliya’s dialogue facilitation resources and online learning materials. rubix-cube.png

Experience working with a growing international non-profit organization. people-alt.png

Access to continued development and training through Soliya’s volunteer growth path and unique engagement opportunities and workshops provided to our community. hand-leafs.png

Soliya’s Advanced Facilitation Training Certificate endorsed by the UN Habitat after completion of the Advanced Facilitation Training and one semester of facilitation practicum. certificate.png

To become a virtual exchange facilitator with us you must first successfully complete our facilitation training program. More info below.

Sign up for the Training

Recognizing the key role that effective facilitation plays in enabling constructive cross-cultural dialogue and altering how we deal with conflict, the Facilitation Training Program was designed to teach facilitation and conflict resolution skills that are applicable to a variety of conflict situations in addition to the unique experience that virtual exchange programs offer.

Trainings consist of a mixture of live online sessions, readings, and multimedia resources. Online sessions include interactive discussions, simulated facilitation practices, personalized coaching, and feedback.

Several times a year we run a 20 hour Advanced Facilitation Training consisting of live online videoconferencing training sessions supported by weekly assignments as well as a 4 week paced asynchronous Interactive Open Online Course "Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation". Both formats are accessible from anywhere in the world as long as you have a high-speed internet connect, webcam, and headset.

Facilitation Training includes the following components:

Skill-building activities in various facilitation tools such as active listening, summarizing and reframing, making observations, and addressing diverse group dynamics. people.png

Opportunities for hands-on facilitation practice with other trainees and extensive, individualized feedback from trainers. thumbs-up.png

Open discussions on issues that will be addressed in the Connect Program to build self-awareness among facilitators about their own perspectives and facilitation style. speach.png

Practice working with online tools to promote constructive online engagement and communication. laptop-with-globe.png

Discussions of relevant academic materials on facilitation and conflict resolution theory. discussion.png

Application information:

Applications for training cycles are received throughout the year; however, please find more info below about upcoming training cycles and deadlines. To apply to join training, please submit an application here. Please email facilitator@soliya.net with any questions/concerns.

Upcoming trainings:

Interactive Open Online Course "Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation"

Spring 10 Week Advanced Training

Interactive Open Online Course "Introduction to Dialogue Facilitation"

Professional Development Trainings

In addition to our Facilitation Training Program, each year Soliya designs and offers several professional development trainings as resources for continued learning to our community and the general global public. Trainings mainly consist of live interactive sessions held on our custom video conferencing platform. More info below on what is coming up! If you have ideas/requests about training topics related to conflict resolution and exchange that you don’t see offered let us know and it could be the next focus!

Upcoming Workshops

Communicating in Intercultural Environments

Power Dynamics and Dialogue (coming soon!)