Joint Civic Education's Country Programs, such as Time for Development, aim at empowering young people from those regions that do not have easy access to international non-formal education programs and thus hardly speak any foreign languages. For this reason, the Country Program training sessions that start in 2013 will be conducted in Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Russian or Turkish by local facilitators.

Despite this, as international links and experiences are major motivating factors for the target groups, Joint Civic Education also works with facilitators from different countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, from the Russian Federation and Central Asia. As these facilitators are usually unable to master the local language they thus communicate in English.

Language is, however, only one means of communication, and as Joint Civic Education applies different creative and activity-based methods in its approach, such international facilitators are nonetheless able to actively participate in the whole training process. These facilitators bring with them a valuable outside perspective, but they also challenge our fellows to talk in English and motivate them to learn it.

All the facilitators in the Country Programs - local or international - are active in the pool of Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg trainers and are involved in similar activities to Joint Civic Education in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, the Balkans, Central Russia and Siberia, and the Baltic Sea region.

For further information please contact Ronald Menzel-Nazarov, Project Head: menzel[at]joint-civic-education.net.