Train in using performance for conflict resolution!




The British Council has been helping to resolve conflict and build long term peace through cultural relations throughout its 75 year history.  With its global reach in well over 100 countries and its vast experience of working with young people in all of them, the British Council is uniquely placed to address conflict resolution and peace building in this way.


As part of this new programme, the British Council Switzerland is recruiting up to 12 young people (ages 18 to 25) to be trained in using performance for conflict resolution in their home countries. Act2, the Geneva programme on cultural relations and conflict will have three elements: theatre, training and conference, as well as an on-line component.


To be eligible:

  • You must be active in your community and be in a position to use the skills you acquire to train others when you return;
  • You should be working in (or have hands on experience of) addressing conflict and post-conflict situations in your country;
  • You should be 18-25;
  • You must be able to speak some English or French;


Those selected will work with John Martin, Director of the Pan Intercultural Arts and a theatre group, Shakthi, from Sri Lanka that uses forum theatre techniques to address issues arising from the recent conflict there. There will be a series of skill-sharing workshops to prepare participants to gain skills that will be practical and useful when they return to their home countries. They will also be given a prominent role in the conference the British Council is organising on 20 September at the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Museum in Geneva.


The details:

  • Young people from all countries are eligible, even if there is no British Council office in that country;
  • We will be looking for a good representation of regions, gender and interest areas;
  • The British Council is committed to equality of opportunity and inclusion, and to positive action to promote this. We will welcome applications from young people with disabilities;
  • You must be free to travel to Switzerland from 12-23 September 2010;
  • If selected, the British Council will cover your flight costs, help with visa (if needed), and arrange and pay for accommodation.
  • We will ask short-listed applicants to provide further information at a later date.


How to apply

Apply by sending an email in English or French to, with the following information:


  • your age
  • your gender
  • your nationality (& country of residence if different)
  • language ability in English or French
  • what you are doing at present in your community in the field of addressing conflict 
  • how you will use what you have learned when you return home
  • why you are interested in the training
  • anything else you think we should know about you


Final date for receipt of applications is Friday 30 April 2010


We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Morrissey at