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International Learning Opportunities

  • Audience:
    Experienced managers and leaders who are
    permanently employed within the public and voluntary
    sectors in Wales
  • Dates:
    Early 2017
  • Locations:
    Lesotho, Africa
    Uganda, Africa
  • Duration:
    8 weeks

International Learning Opportunities Brochure PDF 1.19MB

Are you ready for the leadership challenge of a lifetime?

The International Learning Opportunities (ILO) programme provides a unique opportunity to spend eight weeks in sub-Saharan Africa working on development projects that are designed to enhance your leadership skills.

Applications now open

If you are interested in the ILO programme, please email and we’ll let you know when the next round of applications opens.

We have refreshed the application process for this key development programme. We have revised the application process to ensure we meet the needs of our partners in Lesotho and Uganda. We are advertising a number of challenging, leadership roles. The new recruitment timetable is set out below:

Winter 2016

  • Round opens: 17 October 2016
  • Round closes: 30 November 2016
  • Interview: 14 December 2016
  • Departure: from January 2017
  • Training dates: early January 2017

As an international leadership programme, ILO is designed to stretch and challenge your capabilities. The programme offers an immersive experience that involves working with African organisations, leading on specific projects. By taking you out of your comfort zone, it tasks you to work more creatively, increases levels of self-awareness and gives insight into your own personal resilience . The skills and understanding that the programme provides can be invaluable, not only to you as a participant but to your organisation and to Wales.

You can find out what our previous participants have to say about their experiences on the Bridges and Links blog.

How to apply

Choose the leadership role you want to apply for and submit your CV and a covering letter to by the closing date.

In addition to our tailored placements, we also encourage general applications from all leaders who are committed to their personal and professional development and who have skills and experience they feel could benefit the programme.

To apply for this programme please submit the following documents:

Please refer to the guidance below before submitting your application:

If successful, you will be invited to interview and assessment.

Leadership roles available

These are the specifications for the roles currently available. Once you have chosen the role you’d like to apply for, please follow the application guidance.

Organisation: Mbale CAP, 10 Million Trees Project PDF 201KB
Location: Mbale, Uganda
Departure date: February 2017

Organisation: Child of Hope - 1 PDF 199KB
Location: Mbale, Uganda
Departure date: February 2017

Organisation: Child of Hope - 2 PDF 199KB
Location: Mbale, Uganda
Departure date: February 2017

Organisation: Red Cross Uganda, Mbale Office PDF 200KB
Location: Mbale, Uganda
Departure Date: February 2017

Wales for Africa

The International Learning Opportunities programme is funded by the Wales for Africa programme and is delivered through Academi Wales and Wales for Africa in association with our approved supplier.

Funded by the Wales for Africa programme, the ILO provides a practical way to support Wales in contributing towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Find out more on the Welsh Government Wales for Africa web pages.

More information

Read the ILO programme frequently asked questions.

Find out more about the costs, benefits and providers of the ILO programme.

What other leaders have to say

Here are some of the many inspiring comments we’ve received from our previous participants:

Steve Davies, Head of Financial Innovation, Welsh Government: 'It was a fantastic experience and one that I would strongly recommend. The programme offers a great opportunity to test your resilience and develop your leadership skills. But in the end, what you put into the programme is dwarfed by what you take out. You meet amazing people doing extraordinary things in barely credible circumstances. There's no other training programme that I know of that offers that kind of exposure, or rewards your participation so richly.'

‘Frustrating, challenging, heart breaking and rewarding – all in equal measure, but ultimately a life changing experience’

‘It has given me a totally different outlook on my life and the lives of others. It has inspired me to embrace change within my own career and to strike out in a new direction.’

‘An opportunity to use your skills and experience in a very different environment and realise that you can make a lasting difference in a short space of time. You then return to your work feeling empowered, confident and revitalised and better prepared to face the challenges.’

‘I loved that there is such an incredible programme where you can use skills to help others in a completely different environment. I very wrongly left thinking ‘I can’t wait to help others’. I was so wrong. It’s so much a more than that. Local people open up your eyes on real issues, they show you trust and respect, they give to you more than you can ever imagine. You make friends.’

‘I will approach my work with a wider perspective and a more diverse outlook, which I believe will also enhance the skills which I have further developed as part of the programme.’