What is Rondine?
The association "Rondine Cittadella della Pace" is an international organization that exists since 1997 in order to promote dialogue and conflict resolution on different levels: interpersonal, political, and international.
Our work involves specifically the youth, organizes projects that facilitate discussion, dialogue and education on various levels to promote social change.
Projects of social and environmental sustainability
Intercultural and interreligious dialogue
The World House is the core project of Rondine. It hosts young professionals coming from countries in conflict or post-conflicts situations and belonging to different cultures. They accept to live together with their own "enemy" in order to learn how to face their conflict and turn it into an opportunity for change. The World House is an international experience of civic engagement that lasts two years. During this period, participants can experiment innovation through conviviality, daily activities, non formal and formal education. The World House is where participants deconstruct the idea of the enemy,
develop constructive relationships with other participants, learn to measure against other cultures and points of view. It is also a place where they collaborate on the promotion of peace building, consciously preparing to be leaders in contexts of rapid transformation, deep changes, and intense conflict situation. During this experience, participants are expected to develop concrete social, political and economic projects that create social impact in the world. World House is a place that spreads awareness through actions and propagates the mission of the Association.
Who are we looking for?
Do you want to learn more about personal, interpersonal and international conflicts?
Are you willing to listen to the others, and work in a group?
Do you want to deepen your knowledge on topics of global sustainability such as climate change, cooperation, welfare and human rights?
Are you willing to testify your experience and talk about it in public?
Are you willing to cohabitate with other young adults from other religions and cultures?
Are you willing to realize your project, create social change, help your country in conflict resolution?
What do we do in Rondine?
- Everyday life:
- Sharing and confrontation in daily life represent the most important elements of Rondine experience. Continuously being in contact with other participants living in different conflict situations, and having different cultures, experiences and emotional backgrounds, is a unique occasion to get to know different points of view.
The interpersonal relationship established in daily life is the key to overcome a conflict. Other important factors are listening to the other, comprehension, dialogue and sharing. Cohabitation is a process that over time leads to the deconstruction of the idea of the enemy and to the uncovering of a real person behind that.
- High level training:
- Participants receive high level training on topics related to conflict management, communication abilities and methodologies. The training is carried out by Rondine’s team and it provides essential tools and knowledge to increase self- awareness and to be able to develop concrete opportunities to make a social impact in their countries of origin.
- Formal education:
- The third part of the program is a professional and academic specialization, which includes the participation in a master course or other school of high professionalization to prepare for the work life with more sensibility and orientation to social change.
After having completed the program in Rondine, participants of the World House return to their countries of origin ready to act in different socio-cultural contexts. They join Rondine International Peace Lab (RIPL), the network of Rondine’s alumni. RIPL supports former students in realizing cooperation and development projects, targeting peace building.