World House of Rondine

Are you ready to learn how to transform the conflict into an opportunity and generate social change?
The World House program is the experience that you are looking for!

What is Rondine?

Rondine Cittadella della Pace is an organization committed to reducing armed conflicts around the world and spreading its own method for the creative transformation of conflicts in every context. Its objective is contributing to a planet free from armed clashes, in which every person has the tools to manage conflicts in a creative and positive way. Rondine was born in a Medieval Tuscan hamlet, a few kilometres away from Arezzo, Italy: here, the main Rondine projects for education and professional experience are developed.

What is the World House?

The project that gave rise and inspiration to Rondine is the World House: since 1998, it has hosted young people who come from countries where, whether currently or recently, conflict has degenerated into violent forms. They accept to live with their own “enemy”, in order to learn how to face their conflict and turn it into an opportunity for change.

The World House program lasts two years: during this period, participants can experiment innovation through conviviality, daily activities, non formal and formal education.

At the end of the two-year period, the youth of the World House have the tools to promote action and develop concrete social, political and economic projects in their own countries and to be leaders in contexts characterized by transformation, elevated complexity, and high conflict.

Currently, the World House hosts thirty students from twenty-five different countries in Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East.

World House: the main focuses

Daily 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.

Training program

Participants receive high level training on topics related to conflict management, communication abilities and methodologies. The training is carried out by Rondine’s team, international academics, practitioners and trainers. Through formal lectures, seminars and non-formal activities, the training 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.

Civic engagement

World House fellows are involved in institutional events, divulgatory activities, media exposure, educational and training moments for schools and other organizations, voluntary and charity activities. Therefore, they are active participants in all the initiatives that Rondine promotes and adheres to, with the aim of realizing Rondine’s mission.

Formal education

The last part of the program is a professional and academic specialization, which includes the attendance at a master course or other school of high professionalization in Central Italy (Tuscany, Umbria). The participation to academic courses is aimed at preparing for the work life with more sensibility and orientation to social change.

Training Program

Due to the uncertainty linked to the spread of COVID-19, Rondine Cittadella della Pace is rescheduling the World House program 2020-2022. We will duly inform and update candidates about program changes.

July – September

It is a reciprocal trial period: the World House candidate can assess if Rondine meets his/her expectations, thanks to meetings with the educational staff and the direct experience of cohabitation with the other participants.
At the same time, the staff verifies if the participant’s characteristics meet the required profile to commit to the Rondine program.


• intensive study of the Italian language
• team building
• introduction to the Rondine Method

October – July

Trainings for junior participants consist of lectures, non-formal educational activities, peer education, trips, meeting with the educational staff.


• conflict analisys and transformation
• education to environmental sustainability
• human rights
• communication skills
• group facilitation
• emotional intelligence

September – June

Trainings for senior participants focuses on the perspective of leaving Rondine in order to implement their social impact projects.


• leadership
• effective communication
• basic elements of project management
• specific project design modules for policy/advocacy officer, educators, social entrepreneurs

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 (R-IPL), the network of Rondine’s alumni. R-IPL supports former students in realizing cooperation and development projects, targeting peace building. For more information: peacelab.info

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for young people

Interested in conflicts (personal, interpersonal, social, international)

Ready for active listening and team work

Willing to be future leaders

Interested in topics such as conflict transformation, communication, human rights, cooperation and global sustainability
Ready to tell their story and experience in public
Curious to live with youngsters having different religions and cultures
Willing to engage in development projects, social innovation and change

Selection steps

1st October 2019

Opening of the call for participants

January / February 2020

Deadline for submission of application

February / April 2020

Pre-selection phase and interviews

May 2020

Selection results

May / June 2020

Administrative procedures

2nd July 2020

Rondine Program starting date

If you want to join Rondine

The Call for Participants for the World House program 2020 is closed. The Call for the 2021 program will open in Autumn 2020.


Aged 21 – 28


Holder of a Bachelor degree (or going to obtain it by July 2, 2020)


Willing to be engaged in civil society

Coming from:
Balkans (closed)Call for participants
Middle East (closed)Call for participants
Azerbaijan (closed)Call for participants
Russian Federation (closed)Call for participants
Colombia (closed)Call for participants

Carefully read our call for application to know conditions and requirements, then fill the application form here below.


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