Together with SpareBank 1 SMN, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is organizing a nine-month program for young people eager to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This long-term, selective program provides a unique opportunity for young people with innovative ideas to receive high-quality training on the SDGs and project management. Selected participants will then have the chance to develop a project proposal and implement it throughout the year, with support and supervision from WFUNA. The program will culminate in a multi-day ship expedition along the Norwegian coast. A certificate of completion will be provided to participants at the end of the program.

Timeline

  • The program will start on 19 January 2023 with a 4-day online training. To accommodate different time zones, participants will have a choice between two sessions, which will be held from 19 to 22 January (8am-4pm CET) and from 26 to 29 January (4pm-12am CET) respectively. A tentative training program is provided at the bottom of the page for your information.
  • After the training, participants will be asked to submit a consolidated project proposal by 19 February 2023
  • Based on their project pitches, half of the participants will be selected to implement their project from 6 March to late July 2023, with support and guidance from WFUNA. 
  • As a final highlight of the program, participants will embark on a ship expedition along the Norwegian coast from 6 to 15/16 September 2023.

Ship Expedition

Participants will board the Statsraad Lehmkuhl for a wonderful, unique and impressive experience. The ship will depart from Ålesund and sail to Molde, Rørvik and Verdal before stopping in Trondheim. Participants will follow a well-defined program on board and in each port, with the opportunity to meet local youth and businesses along the way.

As the ship is over 100 years old and well preserved, life on board aims to be authentic: participants will sleep in hammocks like real sailors. They should therefore travel light, with a backpack, and bring a sleeping bag and warm clothes. For more information on life on board, please click here.

Photo Credits: (Left) Malin Kvamme / Statsraad Lehmkuhl. (Right) Hanna Thevik / Statsraad Lehmkuhl

Cost

The program is free of charge. Additionally, the following costs will be fully covered:

  • Visas
  • Airfares
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation 
  • Food 

Every participant traveling to Norway should ensure that they are covered by adequate travel insurance.

Application Process and Requirements

Applications are open to Norwegian and international youth aged 18-25, and must be made in groups of four by 31 December 2022.

In the application form, groups will be asked to provide general information about all members of the group and answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in joining this program? Why do you want to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • Have you been or are you involved in any extracurricular activities that demonstrate your leadership and commitment to others (volunteer assignments, associative work...)? Have you already implemented any projects? If so, please specify.
  • Have you ever worked as a group? If so, please elaborate on the context/purpose of this collaboration. What will make your team function well together and be successful in the project implementation?

At the end of the form, each group will also have to submit a one-page maximum outline of the project they wish to implement. In their project outline, groups are invited to consider and answer the following questions:

  • What is the envisioned project? 
  • Where do you want to implement the project? 
  • Who are the beneficiaries of the project?
  • What are the objectives of the project and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • To which SDG(s) does the project contribute?
  • What are the challenges you might encounter with the project? 

The project outline remains provisional and can be revised at a later stage. 

If you have any questions, please contact youth@wfuna.org.

Tentative Training Program