The School Enterprise Challenge 2014

Deadline: 23 June 2014
Open to: schools worldwide
Prize: cash prizes of maximum $5,000, laptops and cameras


The School Enterprise Challenge is a competition to inspire and reward the next generation of social entrepreneurs. From milkshake bars in Mauritius, to fish farming in Uganda, to a Fair Trade cafe in Scotland, thousands of young people from all over the world are setting up inspirational school enterprises that are giving them hands-on business experience.

This year the School Enterprise Challenge is a three stage, global competition:

  1. Register and submit business idea  (1 month) – Schools register online and gain access to a free suite of educational resources;
  2. Develop and submit business plan (6 weeks) – Opportunity to connect with other schools and apply for mentors;
  3. Implement a school business and submit a final report (up to 4 months).


  • Schools win fantastic prizes including $5,000 in cash, laptops and cameras;
  • Teachers get easy to follow lesson plans and resources;
  • Students gain real life, transferable skills in a practical and fun way;
  • Schools get international recognition as an entrepreneurial school;
  • Participants in 2013 earned on average $810 USD in extra income for their school.


The School Enterprise Challenge is open to schools worldwide.


Registration for this year’s School Enterprise Challenge is open until 23 June 2014. Register your school HERE

For further information visit the official website HERE.


IDEA Summer UNPAID Internship Programme

IDEA Internship Program


Your interest in undertaking an internship with the IDEA office is acknowledged with great pleasure. We hope the information below will further increase your interest and encourage you to apply for our internship program.



Objective of the Programme

The internship will be beneficial to the interns, as the program will familiarize them with the overall IDEA working system and with its multidimensional activities in the country and abroad. The program will further provide interns with practical knowledge and skills in the field of environment, sustainable development, public relations etc.

Additionally, the IDEA office will also benefit from the wide variety of academic knowledge, professional experiences and personal creativities of interns. Candidates with new, refreshing ideas are welcome.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should:

  • have (or be in the process of taking) a university degree in one of the required fields (environmental studies; journalism; linguistics; public relations; international relations)
  • reflect their interest in environment and sustainable development in the curriculum vitae and motivation letter
  • have some work experience (internship, volunteering is accepted)
  • have a good command of Azerbaijani and English (Russian is an asset)


The duration of the internship program is 3 months: From June 15, 2014 to September 15, 2014. In exceptional cases, it may be extended for another two months. Working hours for interns in the office are either 9:30-14:00 or 14:00-18:30. Deadline for application submission is June 5, 2014.


Responsibilities for the interns working with environment, sustainable developmentissues:

  • preparing, reviewing, and updating environmental investigation and recommendation reports under the instructions of  the Supervisor;
  • monitoring progress of environmental projects of the Union;
  • providing administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, and performing other general administrative duties;
  • producing detailed proposals for events (e.g. timelines, venues, suppliers, staffing and etc.);
  • liaising with staff, especially with PR Manager for events promotion;

Responsibilities for the interns working with PR:

  • planning and implementing PR strategies under instructions of the PR or Project Supervisor;
  • liaising with and answering enquiries from media, individuals and other organizations via telephone or email;
  • researching, writing articles, preparing information (for media sources) and media mentions under the instruction of PR Supervisor;
  • writing and editing monthly reports, newsletters;
  • giving valuable inputs to the organization of events including exhibitions, open days and etc.;
  • updating information on the union’s website if needed;

Responsibilities for the interns working with translations:

  • translating materials such as press releases, newsletters, reports and etc.;
  • checking original texts to ensure that translations retain the content, meaning, and feeling of the original material;
  • checking translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions;
  • proofreading, editing, and revising translated materials under the instruction;
  • reading written materials such as scientific works, or news reports, and rewriting material into specified languages (mostly into English and Russian);
  • referring to specific materials such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks as needed to ensure translation accuracy;
  • providing an efficient interpreting service for support workers;

Facilities in the office

Interns will be provided with a supervisor who is approachable at any time. The interns will be provided with all needed facilities including computer, seat and etc. during working hours and will attend biweekly staff meetings.

NOTE: The internship in the IDEA office is unpaid.


Please send your CVs and motivation letters (with max. 300 characters) to  till June 5, 2014. Please do use the subject “IDEA internship program_summer” for your e-mail.


For additional information on internship opportunities in the IDEA Office, please, contact:

Phone: +(99412) 4976316

IDEA Summer Internship Programme


G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit‏, Australia

Deadline:  15 July 2014
Open to: participants  from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UK, the USA, South Africa and Argentina
Venue: 18 July 2014 – 22 July 2014 – Sheraton on the Park Hotel (149 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia)


The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20YEA) is a collective of leading entrepreneurship support organizations representing the G20 countries who seek to promote youth entrepreneurship as a powerful driver of economic renewal, job creation, innovation and social change.

On the agenda this year,G20 YEA will look at how entrepreneurship can help reduce youth unemployment. Global unemployment is at world record rate with 73.4 million young workers worldwide reported unemployed in 2013. Youth unemployment has incredibly negative social, political and economical implications and it is a critical topic to tackle as part of the G20 summit. See video here:


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UK, the USA, South Africa and Argentina. The European Union is also represented in the G20YEA
  • 40 years of age or under (exceptions may be considered on prior application and acceptance by the summit managers)
  • The business founder, co-founder, majority shareholder
  • Or a leader in building entrepreneurship ecosystems
  • Clear on the outcome to build an action plan on youth employment and communiqué driven to support prosperous economic growth
  • High revenue or high potential business
  • Able to add significant value to the action plan through experience within at least one of the 6 pillars of entrepreneurship ecosystems:
  • Trade and globalization
  • Investment and access to capital
  • Government, taxation and regulation
  • Innovation and technology
  • Education and coordinated support
  • Entrepreneurship culture and equality

It is preferable that the applicant also provide a link to a 1-2 minute YouTube video introducing yourself and your business


  •   observer registration and sponsored attendee registration at AUD1,500
  • members registration AUD1,100


In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, write to:

The official web-page.


The Peace Conference of Youth 2014 in Osaka, Japan

Deadline:  30 May 2014
Open to: students who are aged 25 or under as of August 2014
Venue: 25-30 August 2014, Osaka city, Japan


The Peace Conference of Youth [PCY] 2014 is not intended to be a closed debate. Ideas and proposals generated by the groups will be presented in an open discussion environment to discover the best ways to achieve “lasting peace on Earth”. It will be an environment to gauge opinions and make connections. The starting point for sustainable actions and problem- solving solutions is for young people to actually feel that the would can be changed by small actions taken by themselves. The theme of PCY 2014 is “Expanding region harmony from education”. We would like you to challenge yourselves to make a feasible Action Plan through discussions and presentations. The PCY (Peace Conference of Youth) is a program aimed to cultivate leaders who can take proactive actions and use their initiative for the achievement of world peace. Junior Chamber International Osaka (JCI Osaka) provides an opportunity for students from all over the world to learn and discover world peace, and to reach a conclusion of what needs to be done for world peace. We hope that members of PCY will use the International network constructed since 2010 in the continues effort and action to bring a permanent world peace to reality. The PCY provides an opportunity for students to learn about a number of different programs during the pre-event activities. Guest speakers will be invited for learning more about contribution to international peace as preparation at pre-PCY. Participants will be able to picture ideal world by learning what is actually done in the real world. Discussion at pre-PCY will be deepened by sharing knowledge and experience with students from different countries. All the participants build up ideas and proposals by working together and the problem-solving plans will be implemented.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must be aged 25 or under as of August, 2014. Must be an active university or graduate student who can attend all events during the program.
  2. Former participants or students may NOT apply.
  3. Applicant must join PCY2014.


We at PCY(Peace Conference of Youth) strongly support the fostering of young leaders able to make a change actively.
To offer students from around the world with vitality, who can look into the future, a place to play an active part in making change, JCI OSAKA will provide the following expenses needed to participate in PCY.

Transportation Expenses:

For distant participants, Shinkansen expense to Shin-Osaka or Airplane expense to Osaka.
Expense needed to move during PCY.
※We asked that transportation expense needed to move from participants home to the nearest Shinkansen station or airport, and from Shin-Osaka or airport to meeting place (Osaka) for domestic students will be personal expense.

Travel Expense:

  • Accommodation Fee(Designated accommodation by JCI OSAKA)
  • Meal Fee(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner provided by JCI OSAKA during stay)

Overseas training(Domestic student only)
We will post further details as soon as details have been decided.


Deadline is May 30th, 2014 (Domestic students, Exchange students studying in Japan, Students studying outside of Japan). The selection results will be sent to all applicants around the end of June by e-mail.

Download the application entry form from HERE before applying.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, contact Here

The official web-page.


The Community ACTion Ukrainian Style 2014, Ukraine

Deadline:  31 May 2014
Open to: volunteers from around the globe (age 19+)
Venue: 11-21 July 2014, Ternopil, Ukraine


CACTUS (Community ACTion Ukrainian Style) is an international English language program that involves Ukrainian and international volunteers and youth leaders, and is aimed at promoting civic society development and youth activism in the next generation of young leaders in Ukraine.

This year, the CACTUS Forum will take place in July 11-21, 2014 in the city of Ternopil in Western Ukraine. The forum is prefaced by a three-day staff training period. During this time, staff members learn more about project design, Team Time activities, social events, games, activities, and collaborate with their teaching partners to put final touches on their lesson plans. Each staff member is a team leader, a project design teacher, a teacher of an elective subject (courses agreed upon every June), social event organizer, as well as required to do other small duties such as set up coffee breaks and escort participants to different locations.

The 10 – day forum is a high-energy, all-English speaking forum in which the seventy participants are separated into six teams led by two to three staff members. The teams each have their own name, color, motto, and song. While staff members stress the importance of bonding to participants with their teammates, all participants interact with each other through their various classes so as to increase the feel of a genuine community.

The most important aspect of the CACTUS camp is learning how to identify, design, and implement a community project relevant to the participants. The Project Design classes are made up of participants from roughly the same region of Ukraine so that each participant will have one to two others to collaborate on a project with. There are usually about 12-15 regional participant groups. The teachers and mentors for each group of participants are those staff members that are geographically closest to the regional groups. Mentors assist, but do not lead, the groups throughout the entire project.  During these lessons, participants learn all the steps for creating a project (identifying community needs and resources), designing the decided project (creating an action plan and assigning jobs to each participant), funding a project, and writing a grant. Unlike other current programs in Ukraine, every regional group will have the opportunity to apply for a CACTUS grant in the amount of 300-500 UAH (depending on CACTUS’ funding). After the summer forum, participants then implement their project with the aid of their staff mentors. Once the project is complete, they must properly close the grant.

Aside from Team Time and the Project Design classes, participants choose two extra classes that they are interested in. The list of offered courses varies from year to year according to staff’s desire and knowledge base. However, in its five years, CACTUS camp always offers the immensely popular Spanish language class. This past year, Photography, Spanish, Healthy Lifestyles, African Culture, World Religions, Music, Art and Poetry, Journalism, Professional Advancement, Public Speaking and Rhetoric, the Counselor in Training program, Economics, Psychology, and English Slang and Colloquial Speech classes were offered. Large periods of free time are also included in the schedule. This allows participants and staff members to bond with one another through organized and unorganized activities such as sports, games, art projects, and clubs. In addition, every night features a social event. Planned almost entirely by staff members (with one night organized by Counselors-in-Training), social events vary from scavenger hunts around Ternopil, dances, lectures about social issues, movie night, and so on. Eight out of the ten days are dedicated to classes. On the very first day this year we will also have our all-CACTUS clean-up in Ternopil and use this project as an example for the PDM activities. On a Sunday, staff members will host a picnic for participants that will end with a movie night. The final day of CACTUS will be the community service project presentations.


All volunteers who:

  • are 19 and older;
  • are fluent in English (any other language is a plus)
  • would like to discover Ukraine and meet young Ukrainian activists and people from other parts of the world and help Ukrainian youth make a positive change in their country are eligible to apply.


No special qualification is needed. Staff will be required to teach an elective class, but it is mostly up to them which one to choose.


The program covers accommodation and meals, as well as materials necessary for the lessons and other activities. Transportation to and from Ukraine will be covered by staff.


Please go to and find the link on the homepage  to fill out the CACTUS Staff application online by 31 May, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of the evaluation by June 7, 2014 at the latest.


If you have questions, please contact us:




The Tyumen Summer School 2014, Russia

Deadline:  15 June 2014
Open to: participants who are interested in intercultural communications, Russian culture and language.
Venue: 14-27 September 2014, Tyumen, Russia


The two-week Summer School will take place in Tyumen, Russia, on 14-27 September 2014. The Western Siberia today is a unique region where we can see the combination of the growing economy, the peculiarities of administrative and territorial organization and the indigenous cultures of the people populating it. The history of the Western Siberia which had started in the ancient times includes many stages – from the continuous exploring by the indigenous peoples till its inclusion into the political interests of the different medieval powers (as Golden Orda, Siberian khanstvo, Moscow Russia). Under modern times the Western Siberia was an outpost for the Russian colonization to the East. The new stage of the Western Siberia exploring began in the 1970s with oil and gas production. Today these mineral resources are the ground of the Siberian economy but the life of the region does not limit itself with that. The Western Siberia is a continuum of cross-roads of traditional culture of khantys, mansis, tatars with the cultures and customs of those who came to explore rich territories behind the Ural. This factor has been creating for many years the ground of interethnic and intercultural dialogue.

In that sense the idea of the summer school “Siberian Western: Life, History and Culture” is to give to its participants academic and practical experience in constructing their own image of the new territory on the example of Western Siberia by means of a gradual distancing behind frontiers and a well-known “locality”. The Western Siberia for Russia represents such a frontier. That is why within the summer school we offer a various group of methods to “moving” further to the Western Siberia: from academic lectures on human geography, history of Western Siberia exploration, sociology and even political studies of the region to workshops and “round-tables”, excursions and ethno-geographical expeditions. As a result participants should present their film about their image of Western Siberia.

The first part of the school will be dedicated to the educational ground which contains courses of the Russian languages for foreign students and the courses of the German one for Russian students, the academic lectures on different disciplines. The second part presumes practical learning through visiting suburbs and towns of indigenous people settlements, Museum of oil and gas production and Western Siberian Technopark, corporate field visits to enterprises and the tour to “Jugra” to Khanty-Mansiisk etc. and through attending workshops on movie production with the consultancy of university channel “Eurasion”. The last can help participants to make a group feedback of the school.

The target group of the summer school is young and active students who would like to get an experience of field-research, working in groups, intercultural communications, regional studies and social projecting. Taking part in the summer school participants can get the knowledge and practices on common research of history, culture and society of a region from many sides in order to create their own image of the Western Siberia and to give suggestions to its improvement. The summer school will take place during the 14-27 of September 2014. This time the participants will have a good opportunity to enter into the new educational year. Thus, they can get more full and comprehensive acknowledgement with students, lectures and life of Tyumen State University as well.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

Foreign students currently studying abroad or in Russia, who are interested in intercultural communications, Russian culture and language.

  • Language requirements: English (Intermediate), Russian (Elementray to Intermediate).
  • Age requirements: 18-30 years old
  • Number of students: min – 15, max – 20


670 € (including classes, handouts, accommodation, meals, cultural activities, bus transfers, visa support).

German students can apply for the DAAD grant. For more information please visit


Application must be sent to: Gulnara Aitova, Ph.D. :

Application includes:

  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Medical insurance
  • CV
  • Motivation letter


Application deadline: June 15th, 2014

If you have any questions,  write to:

The official web-page.


Call for Applications for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Competition 2014

Deadline: 21 July 2014
Open to: peacebuilding organisations across the globe
Grant: $4,000


Are you a peacebuilder? Do you need some support to help you grow your impact and strengthen your organisation? If you meet our entry criteria, you can apply to win our annual ‘Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders’ competition.

Peace Direct believes that in every conflict there are local organisations doing remarkable work to prevent violence and build peace. And we should know – since 2004, we have sent over £2 million in funding to dozens of peacebuilding groups across Africa, Asia and Latin America, and we’ve mapped and profiled over 800 more on our website Insight on Conflict. Now, we are launching our second ‘Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders’ competition to find the best emerging peacebuilding organisations across the globe. Four winning entries will be selected by our expert peacebuilding jury.


This is a global competition. There is no geographical restriction on applications. In order to be eligible to enter, you must:

  • be a registered organisation or community association, established for at least 2 years
  • undertake peacebuilding work – your organisation is either a peacebuilding organisation or has peacebuilding as a substantial element of your work
  • have a maximum annual income of $60,000 USD or less. At least one of the four winners will have an annual income of less than $10,000 USD.
  • be locally based – your organisation must be based in the country or communities where your work will be done
  • be an independent organisation, not an in-country or satellite organisation of an international NGO.


Each winning entry will receive:

  • $4,000 funding for peacebuilding activities
  • The opportunity to attend an international Peace Direct peacebuilder event or another peacebuilding exchange visit
  • Online promotion of their work.

The winners will be announced on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014.


In order to help decide whether to enter or not, we recommend you read ourGuidance Notes and Terms and Conditions (Both documents will soon be available in French and Spanish, please contact to be notified, or check back soon).

Applications will be accepted from 23 May until 21 July 2014. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible. We will review applications as they are submitted to ensure they are complete and correct, and therefore, early application enjoy this advantage and a greater chance of success.

In order to enter, please download and return the application form. We prefer to receive applications completed in English. If you are not comfortable writing your answers in English, we encourage you to have a friend or colleague translate your application into English prior to submission. If these options are not possible, we will accept applications in French and Spanish as well.

Spanish and French applications coming soon! If you would like to request a Spanish or French application, please email us at or check back soon.

Send completed applications to Please ensure the total size of email attachments does not exceed 5mb. Emails larger than 5mb may be rejected by our email system.

For further information visit the official website HERE.