Lisbon | 17 - 31 July
A once in a lifetime opportunity for you to take action and boost your career in the field of climate change
YCL believes that the best way to understand a complex problem like climate change is to experience its real implications in different contexts. On YCL international immersions you will learn about climate change in theory, understand it in practice and work on hands-on projects with other young people. Our main goal is to empower a diverse group of young leaders from all over the world with leadership and entrepreneurial skills to be used right now to address climate change. With this unique approach, we thus transform a daunting challenge as the climate crisis into an opportunity to include millions of young people through the new climate economy.
Our main innovation is in our approach to equip young climate leaders through a complete program combining hands-on learning, cultural exchanges, mentoring, and access to a global network and professional development opportunities (during and after the program). YCL Immersions have 5 main components:
One of the most important skills for those wanting to start their careers in the field of climate change is being able to work in multicultural teams. Work and live with people from all over the world to get out of your comfort zone while exploring a different environment. We will also ensure that you meet locals and take part on cultural exchanges, promoting active learning throughout the whole expedition.
Participants will join the program to learn more about climate change, but also to get professional experience in the field. Therefore, you will have the opportunity of working with local organizations on concrete challenges. If you prefer, you can also choose to develop your own project or research, having individual assistance tailored to your needs. You can choose between 2 treks: Intrapreneur OR Entrepreneur/Researcher. (See More)
Before departure, we will share a comprehensive list of readings and other resources about climate change and sustainable cities. During the immersion, you will attend lectures about climate science, international cooperation, climate finance, among other topics. We will also leverage our partnership with leading academic institutions, such as Columbia University, as well as with local universities and research organizations to enrich your experience.
Life and Career Mentorship:
The program includes individual and collective coaching to help you to discover more about yourself and how to put your knowledge in service of others. At the same time, you will work with facilitators to set up your life and career goals, leaving the immersion with a clear action plan. The YCL team will also connect you with key organizations and contacts, following up your professional development over time.
Visits and Cultural Activities
The immersion's day-to-day will consist of several learning expeditions to universities, companies, UN agencies, local organizations, NGOs, among others. The program will offer a series of touristic trips and cultural experiences (some of which will be already included in the fee) too. Our goal is to create a cultural exchange which promotes active
learning throughout the whole expedition.
Participants can choose between 2 Treks:
Participants who choose this trek will work part-time on a group project assigned by a partner organization, having the chance of experiencing real-life challenges that organizations face while implementing climate change projects.
Participants who choose this trek will bring their own project or research and develop it with the support of the YCL team, their colleagues and local experts. With our guidance, they will be invited to learn more about themselves during the process.
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ACESS TO PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Members of the YCL Network can apply to Field Placement assignments worldwide with our partner organizations, having the opportunity to increase their work experience on climate change and use the skills acquired during our trainings. They also have access to job vacancies, mentorship and Delegations to global events. We help young talents to take the first, and hardest, step towards rising climate careers.
After being trained by any YCL program, participants become part of the YCL Network, a community of practice with members from 20 countries, 4 continents and multiple areas of expertise. YCL alumni promote our programs in their countries and lead YCL Hubs, acting as multipliers by facilitating educational activities and implementing projects locally. They also exchange resources and team up on projects and campaigns.
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Here's how you can attend our immersion
NOTE ABOUT CANDIDATES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:
If paying the full price is not possible and a partial or full scholarship is needed, please mention your case in the application form.
You will be considered only for available scholarships, which is a more competitive process (need-basis only).
from previous participants
BE A PARTNER
As a Professional Development partner:
Opportunity for organizations (nonprofits, companies, startups, international organizations, etc.) that are willing to receive YCL Fellows (ideally two or more) to work for up to 3 months on a climate change related project. Host organizations are expected to co-finance costs associated with Field Placements. Further information available on this Concept Note.
Do you want to hire a passionate, skilled and innovative employee for a project or job related to climate change? Forward your vacancy announcement to us and we will send a tailored list with recommended candidates from our network of YCL participants and alumni!
YCL is realized through constructive partnerships with organizations across the globe.
Your organization can be a part of this youth-powered network.
Explore partnership opportunities below or contact us to discuss others!
BE A DONOR
We have been approached by amazing talented young people that need scholarships to attend the immersion. If you believe in the impact of education and opportunities on young people's lives, please consider donating a scholarship for them. Your collaboration is essential to help us supporting youth studies and careers for talents that need them the most.