Leading From Within 2019

August 16-23, 2019

Altemus is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for Leading From Within 2019

This foundational training offers young people a unique opportunity to take time out and reflect on their lives - who they are, what they want to do, where they want to go and how to get there.


Participants will, with the guidance of professional trainers, facilitators and coaches:

  • Deepen their self-awareness

  • Define their dream/ vision

  • Set short and long-term goals

  • Draft a personal action plan

  • Learn how to manage stress and live a healthy lifestyle

Leading From Within is a 7-day residential training, that is intensive, interdisciplinary and highly participatory. Its methodology includes presentations, psychometric tests, journaling, reflection periods, group work, art activities, case studies, role-playing and outdoor experiential learning.  Upon satisfactory completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate and join Altemus’ vast international network of alumni.

Although it is not officially part of the Altemus training, we encourage participants to walk the the Camino de Santiago.  This is a golden opportunity to reflect on and assimilate all that you have learned during the week.

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route dating back to the 9th century. Each year thousands of young people from all over the world, walk the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where legend has it, the tomb of St. James is located.

We will be posting information about the Camino (videos, blog posts etc.) on altemus.org and our Altemus’ Facebook page.


To be eligible for Leading From Within, you must:

1a) Be a citizen/ permanent resident of a developing country and hold a valid visa for the EU.

b) Be a citizen/ permanent resident of a member state of the European Union ( Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK).

c) A national of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Holy See (Vatican), Georgia, Japan, Malta, Republic of North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and Ukraine.

d) A citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Armenia, or India.

2. Be 20-30 years old.

3. Be proficient in English.

4. Be in good health (physical and mental). For those who chose to go on the Camino, be capable of walking 5-8 hours/day on flat or hilly terrain with an 8 kg backpack.


Young people who:

  1. Wish to grow as a person or a leader

  2. Hold leadership positions

  3. Are in a period of transition

  4. Need to take an important decision in the near future (personal or professional)


Admission to the training is on a competitive basis.  Applicants are assessed on their essays, interview, professionalism and integrity. Preference will be given to young people with fewer opportunities.


14-16 people


Portugal (1 hour from Lisbon, near Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site).


Programme: August 16-23, 2019


500€/person for citizens of the EU and 350 €/person for students from developing countries.  This price is based on double occupancy, covers all meals (full pension), sheets and towels, WIFI, educational materials, Altemus T-shirt, day pack, a Camino passport, a cultural excursion and an outdoor experiential activity.

Participants are responsible for covering their own travel costs, medical & travel insurance (obligatory) and all expenses related to the Camino walk. Please note hostels and food along the Camino vary, but on average costs 15-20 €/day.