Imagine seven months in Kerala in South India, where you live in an ecological campus, and together with young social visioners from all over the world you learn how to be come an effective social changemaker and implement the social project you have always been dreaming of.
Do you want to make a difference?
If you carry a plan for social change and are looking for skills to change this plan into reality, then you can apply for a seven month leadership training at kanthari institute:
The program of kanthari Institute is specifically tailored for people with big dreams and passion, for people who have overcome difficult challenges and circumstances, for people who want to help others in their struggles, and for people who want to develop solutions for global problems.
It’s not a holiday!
If you really want to be an effective social changemaker, you should be ready for spending almost all day studying hard and working on your social project.
Kanthari is a place for social visioners who have a real fire in their bellies to make the world a better place.
I was there
I was there for more than a dozen of days, I have checked, I have met the founders and the participants, I have felt the great energy of that place and I recommend it sincerely.
What kind of course is that?
Kanthari is a seven-month-long course preparing the people from all over the world to to start and run social projects and initiatives.
After several months in the institute, when the participant returns to his or her mother country and starts to implement the project.
Up on completion of the 7 months training, the graduates will receive mentoring from kanthari catalysts during another 5 months.
For the last 5 years the course was completed by 98 young people from 35 countries which resulted in more than 60 active social projects.
What type of projects?
- Women Empowerment programmes in Kenya, Uganda and India
- An inclusive village where ecological farming is used to generate income
- A training program in beekeeping for blind participants in Uganda
- An aids orphanage in Kenya
- A Mobile school for blind children in Humla, Nepal
- A Mobile school for gypsy children in Pondicherry, India
- Training program for children of prisoners in Tamil Nadu, India
- A youth empowerment program in Serbia
- Training programs for blind children in Brasil, The Gambia, India, Tibet, China, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zimbabwe and The Gambia
I have met some of these social changemakers. Extraordinary people!
Kanthari are very small peppers growing in the subtropical area, one of the most spicy peppers in the world. Te graduates of the course are just like these peppers, which, when added to a particular meal, change its taste totally.
The motto of the institute is: “a small kanthari can make a huge difference”. The activity of the graduates causes many good changes in local communities all over the world.
What can you learn?
Skills necessary for effective management of a social project: entrepreneurship, strategy of acting, contact with public offices, media, sponsors, and also work on personal development and public appearances.
Each of the participants comes from their own idea for a project.
Their social dream, which, during the course, by interaction with social workers from different part of the world, often evolves. The idea changes into a concrete and innovative social project. Breaking the stereotypical model project.
Requirements to be a potential participant
kanthari international welcomes participants over 22 years of age who have to overcome significant life challenges ranging from vision impairment, disability, poverty, war, discrimination, and exploitation.
You could also be witnesses to social situations you wish to change so others do not suffer.
You should have a passion to make the world a better place and the strength to be forces of good rather than be victims of circumstance.
You should be ready for spending almost all day studying hard. It’s not a holiday.
Intermediary English Skills, Basic computer skills.
How much is it?
Full training course, accommodation in a double room, catering, Internet access and access to all objects in the campus is for free for seven months thanks to the partners supporting the development of social initiatives.
If selected, the participant is expected to cover the costs of:
Flight ticket, passport and Visa, 250 us$ caution deposit, health insurance (can be taken locally and inexpensive in India), app 400 to 500 us$ to cover private expenses during the 7 months stay in India.
Who founded the institute?
Sabriye Tenberken, a blind German who has travelled the Himalayas on horseback by herself, founded a school for blind children in Tibet. Once I saw a recording of her performance in which she was saying: “I am blind. So what?” – and then I realised that all limitations and fear of taking action and pursuing our dreams are in our heads. She is an author of academic program of the kanthari course.
Paul Kronenberg, a Dutchman, is a propeller for the functioning of the institute. He motivates, supports, organises keeps contact with donors and additionally runs with a smile among the computer, the camera and the people.
And there’re some words for you from Sabriye and Paul
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Dear friends and colleagues,
This is a call to social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference!
The next kanthari course starts in May 2015. Applications are now welcome. Please inform any potential candidates and encourage them to apply now at http://www.kanthari.org/
The world needs great leaders, and social change projects need the best leaders possible.
We at kanthari in Trivandrum, Kerala, firmly believe that overcoming adversity in life is what plants the seeds for great leadership.
kanthari has developed a very practical, hands on, and universally unique 7 month leadership program specifically tailored for people with big dreams and passion, for people who have overcome difficult challenges and circumstances, for people who want to help others in their struggles, and for people who want to develop solutions for global problems.
What is most important is a sense of ownership, motivation, creativity, and passion to make the world a better place as well as the strength to be forces of good, not victims of circumstance.
We invite participants from all over the world and with all levels of education to bring their dreams and motivation. Applicants must be at least 22 years old and have basic computer and intermediary English skills.
International experts (catalysts) conduct hands-on, practical workshops to help bring these dreams to reality.
Please help us by encouraging others to apply. Or perhaps realize your own organization’s dream for change and apply yourself.
Thank you for your help!
- Trivandrum, 695020
- Kerala, India
- Phone: +91 471 2395677
- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why did I get to kanthari?
You will learn this from other posts on my blog related to kanthari:
- Meeting an amazing man and kantharis (PL)
- India. Why I came here? (PL & ENG)
- From an Indian factory of dream to the National Stadium in Poland (PL & ENG)
And now let’s do something together and share the information about kanthari with your friends.
Or perhaps you have a fire in your belly and are fancy spending several months in India yourselves to learn how to make your world a better place…?