Apply Now for the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2019


The 2019 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy will take place in Kazan, Russia from 12-18 September. This seven day event is a fantastic opportunity for a student or staff member from a BUCS institution to attend and be a part of helping to shape and deliver international student sport.

The third edition of the Academy will be devoted to the further implementation of the FISU Student Ambassadors programme and the training of volunteer coordinators for the World University Championships 2020. The Academy offers an intense educational programme that includes lectures, round table discussions and group projects.
The FISU Student Ambassadors programme stands alongside the Academy and some of the best Academy participants will be appointed by FISU to be Ambassadors for the 2019-20 season. The roles and requirements of this programme are available here.
The mission of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy is to unite students from across the world and to develop university sport. Its aim is to create a permanent international cultural and educational platform to professionally train student leaders who will be capable of organising volunteer programmes in their National Federation (BUCS in the UK) and their Continental Federation (EUSA) in order to implement international, national and local projects to develop university sport.
The Academy objectives are as follows:
 – Enhancing the role and status of Universities in the development of the international university sports
 – Training FISU Student Ambassadors from a pool of applications of the participants representing their National/Continental Federation (NUSF/CUSF)
 – Planning celebrations of the International Day of University Sports (IDUS) worldwide through a common methodology and using best practice
 – Establishing a united platform for volunteers of sport events from around the world
 – Presenting the upcoming FISU events and involving participants and students of universities to participate in them
 – Promoting a healthy lifestyle, involving youth in physical education and sport
 – Developing intercultural dialogue and international youth cooperation
The programme of the Leadership Academy will cover a wide variety of areas including:
 – Introducing FISU – its history, structure, sport events, educational events
 – Training for World University Championships 2020 and details of the role of the Academy participants in these events
 – Working on FISU Student Ambassadors project: roles and responsibilities, regulations etc. Checking participants reports for season 2018-19 and making plans for season 2019-20
 – Discussions on the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) 2019. Participants discuss their exact plans and receive general information/handouts to use in their countries
 – Studies on media and communications: social media, media operations at sport events
 – Workshops on volunteer management at sport events
 – Sport and cultural events
 – Organising FISU and NUSF/CUSF projects fair
 – Evaluating final projects on participants plans for 2019-20
 – Lectures from representatives of the largest international organisations responsible for hosting major sport and cultural events
 – Familiarisation with volunteer stories and experiences of participation in major international sport events
 – Study of the legacy of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan 2013 and tour to sport venues
 – Meet the FISU Student Committee and the FISU Forum 2018 representatives
In order to be eligible to be a participant at the Academy you must be a current student or staff member at a BUCS Member institution and be over 18 and under 25 years of age on 01.01.2019. Furthermore, if you wish to be involved, applicants must be able to display their commitment to be a part of the FISU Student Ambassadors programme for season 2019-2020 if selected and be familiar with the regulations/expectations of this programme. Applicants must be ready to contribute their time and efforts to be of benefit to the programme.
Applicants must be able to show that they have proven involvement as a volunteer in sport (certification may be required to be shown) and they must actively participate in the sport, cultural and social life of their university and have a willingness to share their experiences of participation in these activities.
All costs for the successful applicant including return flights to the city of Kazan and all services throughout the days of the Academy in Kazan (accommodation, transfers, meals, and educational programme) will be covered by the organisers.
Please note that the visa fee for entry into Russia is at the applicant’s (or their institution’s) own expense as well as any other incurred costs such as travel to/from the UK airport or additional personal expenses. Finally, the successful applicant will be required to be available for one day prior to the Academy for a briefing (a suitable date can be agreed with the successful applicant).
To submit an application please send your CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experiences and how your institution and BUCS could benefit from your attendance at the Academy. Please also detail the ways in which your involvement may be beneficial for your future career or academic plans. Please submit your application by email to Vikki Campbell by Friday 22 March 2019.
Friday 22 March 2019 – Submission of CV and Cover Letter to BUCS
Monday 1 April  2019 – BUCS’ submission of successful applicant to FISU
April 2019 – Start of visa procedures, entry administration and travel plans
Thursday 12 September 2019 – Travel to Kazan
12-18 September 2019 – Academy in session
Wednesday 18 September 2019 – Return to UK

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