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The Young International Development Expert Weekend

Ages 15-18 Live Online OR In-Person

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Overview

The Young International Development Expert Weekend takes students aged 15-18 on an immersive exploration through the development world, from humanitarian relief work to sustainable development initiatives. The programme brings experts from NGOs, aid charities and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to coach you through a series of interactive simulations, seminars, case studies and Q&A sessions over 2 days. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person in London or ‘Live Online’.

 

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities and jobs in international development and a ‘super-curricular’ experience to add to your CV and UCAS application. 

Highlights

An Immersive experience of a Career in International Development:

  • International Development Experts will coach you through a series of live, interactive simulations

  • Design and execute a humanitarian relief project in a simulation of an unfolding crisis
  • Carry out a post-disaster evaluation and pitch your long-term strategy for sustainable development
  • Represent a multilateral organisation at the next Climate Change Summit 2021 and advocate for a new set of climate commitments

    Career Coaching for Students Aspiring to Work in International Development and the Environmental Sector:

    • Receive invaluable advice on what it means to work in the development sector and how to break into the industry

    • Guidance by experts on university choices, internship opportunities and what you can be doing right now to boost your employability and gain valuable experience

    An Audience with Experienced Professionals in the World of Humanitarian and Environmental Aid:

    • Q&A time with a panel of international development experts to answer all your burning questions

    • Engage with experienced individuals who have worked in crisis situations as well as advised governments on international policies
    • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

    Boost Your UCAS Form and CV:

    • Attendance demonstrates key skills such as working under pressure, problem-solving and communication skills

    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

      Day One: Human Development

      Day Two: Environmental development

      Day One: Human Development

      11.00amThe World of Human Development

      - Enlarging people’s freedoms, opportunities and well-being
      - Life ‘on the ground’
      - The key players, challenges, pressure and expectations

      11.30amDesigning a Humanitarian Relief Project

      - Understand what makes a good and bad intervention
      - Encounter the four key components of development projects: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence and Neutrality
      - Learn the difference between ‘parachuting in’ vs. sustainable development

      12.00pmCrisis Response

      - Respond to a ‘live’ unfolding humanitarian crisis
      - Understand the processes and pitfalls involved in dealing with disasters
      - Take on a variety of roles to overcome the challenges thrown at you throughout the crisis

      1.30pmLunch break

      2.15pmThe Impact of Intervention

      - Impact evaluation and future intervention direction
      - Analyse the morning’s humanitarian intervention, re-evaluate your methods and identify unintended effects

      3.15pmLong-Term Strategy

      - Short-term humanitarian aid vs long-term solutions
      - Consider responsibility and sensitivity to the local context
      - Develop a long-term strategy and pitch it to the board of directors

      4.15pmCareer Coaching: Breaking Into Human Development

      - Coaching on breaking into Human Development
      - A-Level, degree and university choices
      - How to stand out: skillsets, work experience and extra-curricular activities

      4.45pmPanel Discussion

      - Live panel Q&A with Human Development Experts
      - Receive valuable advice
      - Hear their real-life experiences
      - Inspirational stories

      5.30pmClose

      *exact programme subject to change without notice.

      Day Two: Environmental development

      11.00amThe World of Environmental Development

      - Dedicating your life to addressing some of the most pressing issues of our times
      - Science vs politics
      - The key players, challenges, pressure and expectations

      11.30amThe Researcher

      - Environmental scientists shaping responses to climate change
      - Act as a Researcher in a case of deforestation in South America
      - Analyse a collection of data to assess the damage in the area
      - Interpret the data given from different sources and create an action plan for the future

      12.30pmThe Environmental Policymaker

      - Environmental development and the government’s role
      - The importance of the SDGs and international cooperation

      1.30pmLunch Break

      2.15pmThe Environmental Advocate

      - Learn how to have an impact outside government – through civil society, grassroots movements, business, and more
      - Find out what makes an effective campaign
      - Understand the motivations behind corporations ‘Going Green’

      3.00pmThe Climate Change Summit – COP26

      - Learn how to turn science into persuasive arguments
      - Influence government to adopt climate commitments
      - Make your case for the policies you’ve developed to a range of stakeholders

      4.15pmCareer Coaching: Breaking Into Environmental Development

      - Coaching on breaking into Environmental Development
      - A-Level, degree and university choices
      - How to stand out: skillsets, work experience and extra-curricular activities

      4.45pmPanel Discussion

      - Live panel Q&A with Environmental Development Experts
      - Receive valuable advice
      - Hear their real-life experiences
      - Inspirational stories

      5.30pmClose

      *exact programme subject to change without notice.

      Fees, Eligibility and Options

      This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is very similar for both.

      Programme Fee:

      'Live Online’: £165/student for both days.

      In-Person: £165/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2) OR £295/student for both days

      There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited.

      Venues, Dates & Locations

      London, UK

      In-Person

      11th - 12th December 2021

      University College London (UCL)

      Gower Street

      Bloomsbury

      WC1E 6BT

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      Live Online

      In-Person

      11th - 12th December 2021

      11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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      In-Person

      11th - 12th December 2021

      University College London (UCL)

      Gower Street

      Bloomsbury

      WC1E 6BT

      Register Now

      Online

      11th - 12th December 2021

      11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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      AmbitionX

      As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

      COVID-19 Group

      We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

      In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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