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During the International Study Visit (ISV), one country hosts a seven-day event involving Active Citizens from different countries that have been selected by their local community organisations.
We work with our partners to identify representatives to attend the ISV. These Active Citizens build skills, meet with civic and civil society and share and learn around themes such as youth, conflict and the environment. On their return they share learning among their peers and support local action in their community.
This is the second time that the British Council has run International Study Visits, after a successful pilot earlier this year in the UK, Kenya, Egypt and Pakistan. The programme typically includes visits to local social action projects, workshops and group activities, networking, guest speakers and action planning.
The first ISV will run from 24 November to 1 December in Bangladesh, with the theme of Youth Participation and Leadership. The second ISV will take place 8 to 15 December in the UK with the theme of Conflict Prevention and Community Cohesion.
There will be another ISV in the UK on 19 to 26 January that will focus upon general issues relating to Active Citizens. The final International Study Visit of this cycle will be held in Serbia from 4 to 10 February 2013 with the theme of Youth Development.
The ISV participants will also spend time identifying joint projects and other ways in which the partnerships can be continued beyond the initial week.
We will be encouraging participants to share their experiences and learning with all Active Citizens online so please look out for updates and insights on Twitter, Facebook and our website during each event.
To read an account from the first International Study Visits, please see Paroj Banerjee’s blog about her ISV experience in the UK as an Active Citizen from India.
Twitter is a great means of promoting and raising awareness of your social action projects. You can also use it to get tips from other Active Citizens and receive updates from relevant organisations.
The guide, which you can download from the bottom of this page, covers everything you need to get started on Twitter.
You can visit Active Citizens on Twitter through the page www.twitter.com/ActiveCitizens