We run a number of different courses at CICD. We have aimed to make a course plan to enable many different people to enrol for our volunteer programmes and contribute to a better world by doing useful volunteer work in Africa and India. Some participants have a long time, some only a few months, some are proficient in English, some are not, some are particularly concerned with issues of the environment and climate change, some want to travel and see and experience a lot of different things. We have a very diverse group of students and are happy about and proud of that.
Our programmes have one thing in common – a deep involvement in the big issues of our time. CICD is a school for activists and for world changers. People at CICD have the dreams of a better world and we have the will to do something about it.
The challenges that face us as world changers can seem daunting. Half of the population of the world is still living in extreme poverty. The gap between rich and poor in Europe is widening – a growing part of the population in the UK, for example, is experiencing serious hardship. Our planet has been mistreated by those in power to a degree, where we are now facing catastrophic consequences. Wars are raging. People in their millions are forced to flee their homes to try to escape poverty and war.
We cannot wait for those in power to change their ways – we have to act.
And that is what we do as Development Instructors and Climate Activists. All programmes contain a training period, a service period and final period with the headline “Bringing It to the Public”.
The training period contains theoretical learning and practical learning. We believe we have to deepen our understanding of why things are as they are in order to act. This understanding comes from studying, researching, meeting people, investigating. And it comes through actions – at CICD, in the local community, in the UK and other places in Europe. We start to Take Action already in the training period.
The service period you spend as a volunteer in Africa or India, at a project working for sustainable development. We have chosen to work together with the NGO Humana People to People that runs hundreds of development projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Slowly but surely thousands of Development Instructors and Climate Activists have left their marks in countries devastated by poverty, preventable childhood deaths, AIDS and malaria, and the consequences of climate change. For the project period your team will organise in trios, so you go in a small group together to volunteer in the same place.
The last period – Bringing It to the Public - is the time to pass on what you have learned and done, so that many more people can learn from the good examples. This can take many forms – live presentations, articles for papers and web sites, tour of Europe.
We said before that the challenges are daunting – but when we get together we realise that we CAN make a real change. It takes longer than we want, but it happens.