VSPS Meets Russia

VSPS Meets Russia 2017-04-14T13:30:46+00:00

The 2017 edition of the Visegrad School of Political Studies Meets Russia is titled “Empowering Civil Society” and aims at supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from Europe and Russia. Through practical workshops, discussions and simulations, the participants will be equipped with a tool kit necessary for their everyday work in civil society organizations or media outlets. The sessions are organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy in cooperation with our Russian partners.

In 2017, the VSPS Meets Russia initiative will combine 4 elements:

  1. March Session (20 – 24 March) – 5 Russian participants attend the Spring School of Diplomatic Skills,

  2. June Session (5 – 9 June) – 5-day workshop for 20 young leaders from Russia and V4 countries focused on social and political activism,

  3. July Session (3 – 7 July) – 5 Russian participants attend the Diplomatic Skills Masterclass,

  4. September Session  – 5-day workshop for 20 young leaders from Russia and V4 countries focused on journalism.

The VSPS Meets Russia June Session will be held on 5 – 9 June 2017 and will bring together 20 participants (10 from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and 10 from Russia), representatives of civil society, activists or aspiring politicians.

The program includes:

  • Public Speaking Workshop

  • Campaigns Workshop: strategies, message, channels of communication

  • Leadership and Team Management

  • Communication Strategies for Civil Society Organizations

  • V4 Experience in Development of Civil Society

  • Social Media Campaigns

  • Networking, cultural program in Warsaw

Recruitment for the VSPS Meets Russia June Session is now open!

Program of the June Session is available below:

VSPS Meets Russia June 2017

On 3 – 7 July 2017, as part of the VSPS Meets Russia initiative, 5 participants from Russia will attend the Diplomatic Skills Masterclass organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy.

The Diplomatic Skills Masterclass is designed for young and mid-career professionals from the international business, public administration and third sector. The course builds on previously acquired soft skills and presents an expanded set of topics that are designed to further prepare participants for the challenges and rigors of diplomacy, international business and working in multinational organizations in the 21st century.

During every edition, at least 12 countries are represented in a group of 20 participants. The diversity of backgrounds and nationalities ensures not only a perfect networking opportunity, but also a multifaceted perspective on all the issues covered during the program. The workshop is held in English.

More information on the Diplomatic Skills Masterclass can be found HERE.

The program is addressed to NGO representatives, aspiring journalists, social and political activists from Russia and V4. The ideal candidate has a proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community, demonstrating leadership potential and a desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them. Participants should be between the ages of 26-40 with 3+ years of working experience and a proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community society (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, local and national political parties). English language competency level C1 is required. The program targets equal representation of female participants.

We are happy to announce, that the recruitment for the VSPS Meets Russia June Session is now open!

Deadline for applications: 14 May 2017

The VSPS Scholarship covers the participation fee, 5 days of workshop, materials, certificate, lunches and coffee breaks.

Recruitment Criteria:

  • Citizenship of one of the following countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia;

  • Minimum 26 years of age;

  • Minimum 3 years of working experience and proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, civil society organizations);

  • English language competency: C1;

  • Participants must submit an online application form and upload their CV.

Application form for the VSPS Meets Russia June Session (5 – 9 June 2017)