Call: Participants Intensive Train the Trainers course

Interested in becoming a trainer on sustainable development, with a focus on sustainability transition and natural resources?

From October till December 2014, we offer an intensive Train the Trainers course (T3) for young people interested in sustainability transition and natural resources, followed by a period of practice in the Spring of 2015.


Phase 1 – Training (October till - December 2014)

Obligatory training moments:

  • First training weekend CATAPA: 17-19th October 2014 in Buggenhout

Content: Getting to know each other’s background and skills: introduction to the global mining problem: the cases of CATAPA and Putumayo in Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru and Colombia: fracking: how to prepare sessions


  • Two evening sessions on the cases of CATAPA: November, Ghent

Content: Getting more background information about the mining issues CATAPA is dealing with in: Getting to know CATAPA’s partner organisations


  • Second training weekend: 5-7th December 2014, Lokeren

Content: Information sessions about sustainability issues and natural resources: How to give a good workshop: Do’s and don’ts of giving a workshop

Phase 2 – Practice (Spring 2015)

In the second phase of the training cycle, you’ll be involved in one of the projects of Generation Transition, with assistance from experienced coaches. You choose one of three paths:

  • Path 1: CATAPA organises the international seminary: Seminario Internacional El Dorado IV (SIED IV) in Colombia in August 2015. You will learn how to organise such an international event and play an active role during the seminar in Colombia. An elementary knowledge of the Spanish language is required.


  • Path 2: CATAPA and Act4Change organise a Master class on natural resources in February 2015. You will learn how to organise such a training weekend. The Master class is an in-depth training weekend for students and young professionals, interacting in small groups with speakers from the academic, business, political and NGO world.


  • Path 3: CATAPA organises a speakers tour in March 2015. During this speakers tour people of the affected mining regions in Latin America sent by partners of CATAPA and Putumayo are invited to Belgium to give testimonies at different Belgian universities. You will learn how to organise this speakers tour and will play an active role in its implementation. During this period we will also elaborate didactic tools to use during the presentations.


At the end of each training, certifications will be awarded to the participants, based on the ESD principles. (Education for Sustainable Development) Training skills will be tested and valued in these certifications.




There are no specific conditions; everybody who is interested in these processes of change can participate. We do however expect the following:


  • An open mind towards different cultures, willingness and flexibility to work within a dynamic team of volunteers.
  • Interest and/or experience in the North-South and/or environmental movement is a plus.
  • Advanced level in English or/and Dutch required.
  • Willingness to enter into an engagement within one of the projects of Generation Transition, depending on your schedule.



Please send your motivation letter and CV to before the 5th of October 2014. We recommend you to send your application as soon as possible because the number of places is limited and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will reply to your application as soon as possible. It is not necessary to decide yet which of the three practical projects you want to apply for, you are welcome to decide this during the first training weekend in October.


Questions or remarks?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Charlotte Christiaens

Tel: 0032474100643

Skype: charlotte.christiaens



Who is organising this training cycle?

The Train the Trainers course is part of Generation Transition, the new project of CATAPA (, Putumayo (, Mediaraven and Act4change (, LNE Ecocampus financed by the Flemish Official Development Cooperation, and with a focus on the future generation. The scarcity and lack of natural resources is a very valuable topic and challenge for this next generation: the students of today will be the managers, teachers, artists, board directors, scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

During the next three years, CATAPA wants to raise students’ awareness on this issue by training them to deliver workshops about the scarcity of natural resources and ways to deal with it. CATAPA believes in the internal capacities of youngsters and wants to maximise their skills by offering them a challenging training programme. An intensive training will be offered to the participants in 2014-2015. filled with conferences, weekends, Master classes, close support by coaches, professional workshops, self-evaluation methods, etc. All this geared to the student’s academic schedule.

CATAPA is an emerging movement in Belgium. We are active in the fields of globalisation (and how to change it) and sustainable development in Latin America. We focus on the mining industry by supporting farming communities endangered by multinational mining corporations. CATAPA stands for Comité Académico Técnico de Asesoramiento a Problemas Ambientales, literally Technical Academic Committee for Assistance in Environmental Issues.

CATAPA, mining moves North & South. Due to demographic growth and economic liberalisation, the number of mining exploitations has boomed over the last years. The mining industry's impact on the social, economic, cultural and ecological level is often disastrous and fundamentally unjust. The economic policy that allows this is set out in the West, while local communities suffer the negative consequences. We aim to alter these structural causes of poverty and exclusion by forming a resolute front with the social middle field in North and South. CATAPA intends to play a trailblazing role in Belgium as well as on an international level in order to address this aggravating issue and wants to offer alternatives for responsible mining.

Act4Change is a youth lead organisation working for a more sustainable society. Acht4Change believes in the power of inspiring young people as actors for change. Act4Change therefore supports young leaders who (want to) play a role in change towards sustainable development, by organising meeting and learning opportunities. Act4Change believes in the added value of competence building, empowerment, networking and diversity.