Woman with grey hair in a Moroccan souk, surrounded by a group of local people. Plates hanging on the wall. She is looking at a booklet.

Helen Clifton

"Active Citizens is one of those experiences that changes your path in life."

It starts with training...

For participants, the Active Citizens learning journey starts with their training.

Through their training, participants begin by developing their sense of self-awareness. They then move on to understanding more about where their community sits in the world.

Moving through the Active Citizens learning journey supports participants to develop their skills in dialogue and increase their value for difference. At the end, participants will go on to learn how their local actions can have global resonance.

Read more about how the training and learning journey works.

Social action projects

Through the Active Citizens training programme, participants develop the skills and knowledge to plan and implement social action projects or develop a project they are already working on.

Hear some of our Active Citizens share the stories of their social action projects.

International Study Visits

As well as tackling issues they care about at a local level, participants can go on to make links with like-minded people across the world, as they become part of a global network of Active Citizens.

Some participants will also be invited to attend an International Study Visit (ISV). This is where an international group visits a country to explore social development issues and learn about the methods local communities have found for addressing these issues.

During the week-long visits, participants share skills, knowledge and experiences from their local communities. Powerful bonds formed between the participants often lead to collaborative social-action projects in the future.

Recently, participants have attended ISVs in the UK, USA, Uganda, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and beyond.

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