On 15th October DPOD informs its Danish member organisations about next year’s Global Line theme at Egmont Højskolen.
Subsequently during the year, the Danish organisations and their partners in the South should discuss whether it is relevant for them to send volunteers to the Global Line course. If so, each organisation in the South informs its activist base and a selection process is set in motion in cooperation with the Danish partner organisation. The organisation in the South may recommend between 2 and 5 applicants with at least one of each sex. The application must be sent through the Danish partner organisation to DPOD by 1 December.
After this deadline, DPOD reads the applications and shortlists promising candidates. They are then interviewed over the phone throughout December and early January. In this manner, between 8 and 10 participants are finally selected, and by 1 February DPOD informs the Danish organisations who they are. The Danish organisations inform their partners in the South, who notify all applicants whether selected or not.
The chosen candidates will live up to the criteria mentioned below and will be expected to share the knowledge gained at the Global Line course with their organisation. Therefore, it is important that the Danish organisations and their partners in the South propose volunteers who will remain active in their organisation after the course. Furthermore, organisations in the South must be able to involve former course participants after their return, at least on a voluntary basis, and be prepared to take advantage of the skills and ideas brought home from the course.
Criteria for selecting participants:
- The organisation in the South is a partner of one of DPOD’s member organisations, and preferably participates in Danish project cooperation under the Mini-Programme.
- They need the training and are capable of passing on knowledge for the benefit of their organisation’s future work.
- They are at least 18 years and no more than 40 years old.
- They have an education equivalent to at least secondary school and basic computer skills, including command of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet.
- They have the necessary knowledge of English to be able to understand the teaching.
- They have a passport.
- They are in positions of trust in their organisations, i.e. they have been chosen for a post within their organisation at the national or local level, for example on the board or a committee.
- There is a plan for the participants’ work in the organisations after they return. This includes a description of the tasks and areas of work in which the organisation expects each participant to be involved after his/her return from Egmont.
- They have been informed about the contents of the Global Line course, have relevant expectations and are aware of their responsibilities after the course.
- They are persons with disabilities or relatives of such people who represent others unable to attend normal education, e.g. people with developmental or intellectual disabilities or autism.
Role of the organisation in the South:
- The organisation in the South is responsible for proposing candidates adhering to the above criteria. Between 2 and 5 applicants can be recommended, preferably an equal number of men and women. The application must be submitted through the Danish partner organisation.
- Candidates must be informed about the contents of the course, have relevant expectations and be aware of their responsibilities after the course.
- The application should be written together with each candidate, sending it along with the candidate’s CV to the Danish organisation. The application must be very clear as to the specific working areas and tasks for which the candidate will be responsible in the organisation after his/her return.
- If a candidate is finally selected, the organisation in the South must commit itself to ensuring that the Global Line participant will be involved in tasks corresponding to the received training for a period of at least one year after his/her return. This could be on a voluntary basis or under a more formal set-up, such as an apprenticeship or signed contract. If the organisation is unable to use the participant’s qualifications after one year of work, it will, as a minimum, write a letter of recommendation.
Role of the Global Line candidate:
- The Global Line candidate shall fully understand the purpose and contents of the Global Line course after discussing this with his/her organisation and, if possible, by contacting a previous participant through his/her organisation or through http://disability.dk/miniprogramme/global-line.
- The application for Global Line participation (see form in Appendix 1) should be written and handed in with a CV to the candidate’s organisation.
- The candidate must be available for a phone interview carried out by DPOD in December or early January.
- A selected Global Line participant must commit herself/himself to transferring, to the best of his/her ability, the knowledge and skills gained during the Global Line course at Egmont to the organisation, through either voluntary or professional work, for a period of at least one year.
Role of the Danish organisation:
- The partner organisation in the South should be invited to find candidates for the Global Line course. Furthermore, the Danish organisation should help its partner in the South to find between 2 and 5 applicants, at least one of each sex, to be submitted to DPOD. This can take place, for instance, by discussing how proposed Global Line participants can join in activities in the Danish partner organisation or in other ways enter into personal relations with members of the Danish organisation.
- It must be ensured that candidates and the organisation in the South have realistic expectations for the Global Line course.
- The Danish organisation emails the completed Global Line application form to DPOD by 1 December.
- When the Danish organisation receives an email from DPOD about selected Global Line participants, it informs its partner organisation and all applicants, whether selected or not.
- The organisation in the South should be helped to plan the return of each participant. The Danish organisation hands in the Mutual Agreement between the Global Line participant, the organisation in the South and the Danish organisation by 1 February.
- Through interaction and cooperation with its partner in the South, the Danish organisation recommends relevant themes for future Global Line courses.
Role of DPOD:
- Danish organisations are informed by DPOD about next year’s Global Line theme no later than 15 October in the preceding year.
- Applications are assessed, short-listing promising applicants and interviewing them by phone throughout December and early January.
- Between 8 and 10 participants are finally selected.
- Danish organisations are informed by email.