Theia International is fueling the young generation of originals by bridging them to the wonders of the world in a new light.

We're offering young talents the chance of a lifetime... 


We offer programs and projects for young people to acknowledge reality, find inspiration and orientation - we bring followers physically together -  build bridges - encourage them to  find and harness their personal value based leadership energy. Theia provides impetus for young people to get out of their comfort zones so while they become the drivers of their development. 


We politely refuse to recognize limits, not in ourselves, not in you and especially not in what we can do together. 


Theia 

 inspire, empower, connect and bridge young people   

High-Quality Circular Skill Programs and vocational training on future fields of a circular, regenerative and sustainable future
UN-SDG 4, 5, 6, 8, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14

Education for earth leadership and peace, sustainable development, cultural awareness,  transformative pedagogies, and social and emotional learning.

We inspire and empower young talents from all over the world, empower them to empower others, connect them to field experts to exchange ideas, explore new fields and their capacities, create and share ideas for their future.

Empowerment and Life Career Development in a holistic way:  eco-divers, learn to learn with peers and international experts, global, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and global mindfulness. 

NEW LEADERSHIP Programs: 
-  Nexus Unique New Leadership 
- Outside of the Box (school students)
-  e-WHITEBOARD (digital hybrid platform
 for Nexus interns and ambitious seekers)
- Cross-Culture - Cross Over 
(GAP and Exchange Program for students)
- Golden Bridging (Company Matches) 
-  Learning with the Best:  Mentoring 
- Behind Beyond - Lab and Research Zone 


GLOBAL Communities and Platforms
-  Youth for Circular Future  

- Action for happy Kids (from Teen for Teens) 

That's what we do....

 THEIA INTERNATIONAL promotes the potential of children, youth, and young adults through holistic and sustainable education programs (4.7 of SDG 4). Sustainable Development (ESD), Global Education (GCED), and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) are always staged in an innovative, pedagogically sound way in digital and real environments in an exciting way. Theia International inspires young people to step out of their comfort zone and face the challenges of a VUKA world with an open mind. Diversity and inclusion play a central role in THEIA projects. All young people, regardless of their social background and stigmas, should have the chance to develop the knowledge and skills they need to shape their lives as well as their careers in future fields and to actively work in their own way for a humane society that acts in harmony with other cultures and nature. The Theia Worlds are a unique interplay of experiential opportunities and innovative learning spaces as well as encouragement by role models from future realms worldwide. In this way, Theia ensures that young people experience the necessary orientation to participate in forward-looking innovative life and society designs that make possible a future-oriented responsible transition in harmony with nature into a just and peaceful world 

2022 starts our new project 
Action 4 Clean Communities, Ghana

With the Children Parliament, GH, two schools,  kids from 5 communities, the local library, and our Partner info radio Ghana we start this extraordinary project with and for kids for clean communities. We reach out to 1.500 kids. They get different to highlight the waste situation in their communities and get in touch with locals to understand and find solutions for a better life in cleaner villages. 

The Project is initiated by us and funded by  Engagement Global, GER. Engagement global works on behalf of the German Federal Government and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Action 4 Clean Communities

The enormous amount of plastic waste – especially litter from plastic packaging – that leaks into the natural environment is a global concern with severe environmental consequences. It's a concern of youth in the Upper West Region in Ghana. The Children Parliament asked me to start a program on clean communities. Together with our principal partner Info Radio Ghana, Mwini Gabriel, and in cooperation with the local library, schools, and local authorities we (Theia International) started this holistic approach on different levels in five communities.

Brief info about WHAT we did so far:
Global master classes on environmental issues with some of the teams. 
The A4CC youth set up 3 peer-leading teams and they went to environmental field excursions for 360-degree monitoring. We inspired them to open their senses, identify their particular pain points and imagine their ideal community environment. Afterward, we discussed and reflected on each group's behavior, waste as a resource, climate change, and local situation. As well we trained their presentation and public speaking skills.

Last Saturday the youth launched the first debate on A4CC with 500 school students, politicians, experts. It was amazing lively and interesting. The A4CC youth teams presented their explorations and facilitated the discussion from peer to peer and peer to expert. Alongside the different faces of climate change and pollution have been as well translated in poems and music performances. The event was live on radio to transmit directly the messages into the community. The change started already. I could see the first signs of change this morning on my way to the radio station before my interview. Three events will follow alongside reflection sessions. We involve stakeholders step by step to start the discussion on HOW we will design a circular future together. 

2022, we start the new project:  Global Youth 4Circular Future 

The first Global Youth Community for a Circular and regenerative Future Circular Future. 

The young generation will demystify the circular economy on a local and global level. At the same time, we open the way to a "circular society" and counteract a looming shortage of skilled professionals in the diverse sectors of a circular and sustainable economy in Germany and other focused countries. 
The project is initiated by us and funded by DSSE (GER). The Foundation is a joint project of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth (BMFSFJ), the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Home Affairs (BMI), and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

Innovation is triggered by crossing boundaries between individuals, disciplines, organizations and cultures.



The future becomes familiar 
to young talents 
on their unique journeys

Regardless of your social, ethical or financial situation, we provide access to people outside of your immediate context, which could have the potential to fling open doors and possibilities that you never knew existed. Change needs special people - with very special talents. THEIA is designed to identify, inspire and enable these pathfinders the possibility plus the space and to send them out into uncharted territories of new ideas and insane potential. Our people are all different and come from different worlds. All together we are Pathfinders, pioneers, change-makers, dreamers, successors, creatives, analytics, designers, dare agents. We put things in question. We find answers. 

Find out more about our Theia Circular Education and Life Carrer Capacity Building Programs for students, teens and kids 

THEIA for STUDENTS 

LIFE CAREER BUILDING IN REAL PROJECTS 
VIRTUAL OR WHILE TRAVELING ALONGSIDE PATHFINDERS AND MENTORS

Nexus unique  e-WHITEBOARD

The new THEIA program for students and young high potentials is a unique internship program in life career capacity building. The pilot is currently running for 6 months with students and high potentials from FIN, IN, BRA, and ZWE.  Theia Fellows design their learning experiences alongside experienced mentors, experts, and pathfinders. During the program, we offer a variety of 30 Universal Skill Clusters with moderated sessions, Special Guest Sessions with reflection rounds, peer-to-peer learnings, career coaching as well as Best-Practice Projects in different phases, UN-SDG fields or future branches of the Circular Economy, in which you will be directly responsible for your entry. This is the unique chance and authentic way to develop future skills and prove them in an innovative way of personal branding. 

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THEIA 

FOR KIDS AND TEENS

 GLOBAL MASTERCLASSES; SELF-EXPERIENCED AND REAL PROJECTS BASED LEARNINGS WITH ROLE MODELS AND VOLUNTEERING IN FUTURE FIELDS OF CIRCULAR AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY 

Action for Happy Kids - 
The first GLOBAL COMMUNITY 
FOR KIDS . BY KIDS 

 Action for Happy Kids (A4HK) - a global community runs for kids, by kids. The team’s members – all of whom are under eighteen- aim to create a global community in which all children have equal opportunities, the chance to discover themselves, and the freedom to share their hopes, dreams, and ideas with the world. In line with its vision, the organization runs upon an environmentally sustainable model. It also embodies leading companies’ trademarks of an agile organization: a shared vision and mission, transparent information and clear operating procedures, a network of empowered teams in place of a top-down hierarchy, and, most importantly, a cohesive, connected community of passionate young individuals, determined to make an impact on the world. 
 

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Outside of the Box - Theia Program for school students - experienced-based, cross-culture and human-centered              

Society is changing at a rapid pace and schools are struggling to keep up with the change. In most cases curriculum that is taught, and the pedagogy that is used, in schools does not prepare children for developing the abilities to think outside of the pre-existing structures and re-imagine a more sustainable, peaceful, future. We are offering in different clusters school students opportunities for personal and professional exposure and helping to fill a gap that society is not providing, thus helping them and the environment. 

Global Citizen Worldclass selected UNESCO partner and one of 100 most innovative Projects in Germany by Startsocial 

The Worldclass Program blends Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Global Citizenship Education (GCE) and Environmental Education (EE). The core competencies from each vertical are merged and presented through hands-on, student-centered activities, which are facilitated by domain experts, with pedagogical skills. The facilitators are a part of Theia International’s global network of lighthouse organizations and/or have taken part in THEIA’s Cross-Over Cross-Culture program. Facilitators present their first-hand experiences through storytelling, photos, demonstrations and practical activities to bring the concepts that students learn in their books to life. 

GLOBAL CLASSROOM ENTERS THE VIRTUAL SPACE WITH STARTSOCIAL 

real worldclass

The competencies addressed in the lessons include but are not limited to; awareness of global issues, considering multiple-perspectives, interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, foreseeing challenges, critical thinking, and problem-solving. And the topics covered include; water scarcity, zero-waste, renewable energy sources, sustainable fashion. Incrementally, students are given an opportunity to internalize the necessary soft skills, intercultural, and environmental awareness that will enable them to naturally lead sustainable lives and adapt to the rapidly evolving circular economy.  

THEIA Program Outside of the Box  
Project: Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT)  for Primary School Students’ Soft-Skills through a series of sessions focused on intercultural awareness. 

The LoT program falls under Theia International’s umbrella of programs, which are designed to help lead the upcoming generation out of their comfort zones and equip them with the skills and understanding needed to find new solutions for a humanitarian future. Although the LoT program focuses on school-aged children, many of Theia’s other programs are targeted to help develop university students or recent graduates from Generation Z. 

Leaders of Tommorow 

We aim to connect, through our programs, young students’ in school experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity,  endangered cultures, migration, thousend-year-old traditions and sustainability. Through featuring the experience of our fellows during their project journey impacted by these issues, their stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes which include the following: identity, diversity, hope, resilience, imagination, adversity, empathy, love, and responsibility, and our common humanity. Our lessons facilitate the development of students' critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills and contain an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The curriculum is developed by Theia International and aligned to National and Common Core Standards.

Exploring the world, and developing the skills to do so, without having to leave the classroom! 

Traveling the world, and developing the skills to do so, without having to leave the classroom! 
On Tuesday, as a part of Theia International’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) project Daniel Rudolph, Teacher in Asien Countries and manager of curriculum and instruction by THEIA, visit Willi-Grafe-Schule, in Koblenz, Germany, and begins a workshop that is focused on developing primary school students’ soft-skills through a series of sessions focused on intercultural awareness....

Soft skills are developed over time, through hundreds of minute actions in unremarkable situations. 

The process of developing an all sense 360-degree view progressing in self-confidence, resilience,  critical thinking is challenging, exciting, complex, individual, and unending. The key is an experienced-based understanding. That is what our programs offer. 


Maybe more but never less 

Young people get a tailored system of outside-of-the-box experiences, high-quality mentoring, and above all intelligent matching of their personalities (believe us, we get to know them!) with lighthouse companies and projects. 



Framework: Theia Umbrella Programs

Participation from the beginning - developed as well by young talents.  Learning with experts and peers from interdisciplinary backgrounds. Outside of the box, global and value-driven. 

THEIA INTERNATIONAL develops programs with young talents and content-area experts that offer a unique combination of theory, practice, and personal development to students from all over the world. The programs aim to help impart and guide the participants in developing useful knowledge by inspiring, steering, and offering opportunities for reflecting. We challenge young people to leave their comfort zones and offer them very possibilities for having special experiences. 

Through taking part in our international projects they have the opportunity to authentically learn universal skills while being guided by mentors and reflection pathfinders that help them to navigate safely and explore responsibly unchartered territories step by step. The components of the program, namely it focuses on interdisciplinary and international collaboration aligned with practical hard-skill development, the participants' experiences into a life/career journey that will have the potential to positively impact them in most personal and professional contexts. 

Nexus Uunique  - 
Life Career Journey

The specialized trainings as trainee program aims to make the participants more effective in developing; cross-cultural communication, positive listening skills, resilience, humility, teamwork as well as coding and other language skills etc. These skills will enable them to smoothly enter diverse cultural and business environments, in an unassuming manner.


Cross over Cross Culture 

 The Cross Over Cross Culture Program offers opportunities to develop unique insight about other countries and cultures, nature, traditional knowledge and values. Young people gain interdisciplinary and intercultural experiences during the project phase of the program. Experts and mentors supervise the skills. development before, during and after the project. The initial focus: Europe, Asia, Australia, Afrika.  

Bridging 

 Theia provides a joint understanding and inspiring vision of how business can shape the Future of Work. To achieve this, we link students with our partners from innovative lighthouse companies or grassroots innovators. While we focus on empowering university-aged students to develop personally, we strive to simultaneously give them an opportunity to put their specialized learnings in real situations to explore, solidify and expand their understandings.

 

Mentoring
Life- and Workforce

Theia mentors are people that are open minded and forward thinking. They know that the world is much more coloured than black and white, friend and enemy, foreign and domestic. They strive to lead their mentees safely to their limits and expand their own in exchange. They are all characterized by their empathy, passion, courage and their dedication to sustainably and humanly developing the world. 

TRAVEL . LIFE . CAREER  CAPACITY BUILDING

THEIA Cross Over Cross Culture Program 

The Cross over Cross Culture program is a worldwide fellowship that aims to attract young adults from different backgrounds and nationalities that have a deep interest in developing themselves.  We offer several packages, which range from three weeks - six month stays in a particular country. These participants, or as we call them dare agents, gain knowledge of the other country and culture as well as insights into grassroots innovations, resource management, theories and practices through skill enhancement mentored reflections. They are expected to take initiative with regard to their developments. Our team of mentors and supervisors provides regular support throughout the journey.  After completion of the program, we encourage and enable the transmission of their experiences into their personal, academic and professional contexts. The fellows have a range of possibilities to further strengthen their personal and business network as well the achieve two certificates, which will enrich their CV and career.  The fellows taking part in the different projects will take part in the life-career journey of the academic level.  During the program, we provide a uniquely designed program to guide their skills development and innovations. 

Innovation Networks based on Grassroots Innovators

We intend on building a network of conscious young people that are motivated to think outside the box in order to help spread awareness and mitigate social problems. Therefore we emphasize the importance of “linking students with innovation networks” and the necessity of connecting university students, dropout students, young people after school,  with grassroots innovators in different countries. While we focus on assisting university-aged students to develop personally, it also strives to give them an opportunity to put their specialized learnings from university to practical use in the field in order to help solidify and expand their learnings. This is the way how we and our partners strive to develop and implement innovations that help to alleviate social problems. Through taking European students and connecting them with identified Grassroots innovators is a great opportunity for collaboration and innovation. The nuanced ideas that the students bring from their training and experience would likely differ greatly from the innovators that they would be working with, thus creating an opportunity for the merging of unique perspectives and skills. The specialized training that THEIA gives the students in areas such as intercultural communication, being a guest, positive listening skills etc. should enable them to smoothly enter diverse cultural environments in an unassuming manner to effectively carry out these collaborations. 

 Theia Cross Over - Cross Culture 

Experience fields : Grassroots Innovations in India, Sustainable Fashion, Zero Waste
UN SDGs 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13

Programs and Partners: THEIA Nexus Unique - Soft Skills Development + Hands-on Experience by Honeybee Network (India) +  Lady Bamford Foundation (GB, India) 


TRAVEL . LIFE . CAREER  CAPACITY BUILDING 

Cross Over - Cross Culture
Unique and Tailored   

"Life taught me that happiness often hides in the smallest of things. It is our passion and our mission to transform the learning routines into meaningful experiences. Inspired by ancient cultures, nature, diversity, remarkable innovators worldwide, we design exclusive programs that  trigger and empower young people to create their life successfully and in peace wherever they go whatever they do." (Anja Carron). 


2022 -THEIA PROGRAM CROSS CULTURE - CROSS OVER

Project: Biodiversity, ECO FARMS   Internship as volunteers (fieldwork) related to BioDiversity revival and the establishment of food forests in the Trans Himalayan Valley.

Location 1 :-
Village: Hango / Chulling (Pooh Block), Tehsil: HangRang, Dist: Kinnaur, State of Himachal Pradesh
Work starts: 1st April 2022 

Altitude: 3800 M
Location 2:-
Sahjivan Eco Farms, Village: Mashiwer, Tehsil: Solan, Dist: Solan, State of Himachal Pradesh
Work starts: 1st April 2022
Altitude: 1500 M, (for day and night temperatures -  pls check Accuweather)
Distance by road ex-Chandigarh: 85kms

Interns will get exposure to working in harsh high altitude environments, work with the local villagers while working with the native vegetation.

Requirements for applicants: 
- Studies or handcrafts
Biology,  GeoScience, Botanic Science,  hydraulic Ingenieur Biomaterials,   conservation science, organic-architecture, organic farming, Education  

- global mindset, Mindfulness
-  good knowledge of spoken and written English
- social media skills
Required documents are:
1. A CV with a current photo
2. A letter of motivation (one A4 page)
Completed documents can be submitted  as PDF (not exceed a total of 5 MB in size) to: info@theia.international

Program Fee includes food and accommodation
Flight and travel expenses, insurance, and visa are not included.  




2022 THEIA Program Cross Over Cross Culture

The awarded Partner Project:  Ocean Tribute Award 2020 by the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Boot, GER

Project: PAPUA NEUGINEA - AUSTRALIA starts in 2022
Cross over experience fields - UNSDGs: 15,14,13,10, 5,4

The Theia-Life-Career-Journey side by side with international mentors and our project partner winner of the Ocean Award 2020.

 Yunbenun, Magnetic Island, is our home base on the Great Barrier Reef and a fantastic location for marine science training, with easy access from Townsville, excellent fringing reefs, and a beautiful national park setting. Starting a comprehensive photo monitoring project on the Magnetic Island reefs, using the awesome TG6 geotagging cameras provided by @Olympus_au, and we want to offer you the opportunity to join us! You will get hands-on marine science experience and learn our photographic survey methods while exploring the stunning natural environment of Yunbenun and staying at Maggie's newest and coolest accommodation and co-working space. The region accommodates the last great reservoir of ultra-diverse coral reefs in the world, however, it currently has insufficient marine protected areas to achieve robust conservation outcomes. Our aim is to raise awareness of the ecological and social value of the Coral Sea and the Eastern Coral Triangle and take a proactive role in its sustainable management.

Ocean Rescue Coral Reef Diving and Research


Climat Change Rainforest & sustainable tourism


Education Society Development 


Empowerment 
Gender


NEW SEE WOMEN PROJECT Apply for Papua New Guinea 

Coral Protection, Gender Equality 

Application period starts 1st Febr.  2022
10 Students aged 19 - 27 
Travel period August 2022
Selection Interviews:
The selection of the fellows for 2022  via zoom

Requirements for applicants: 
- open minded mindset,
-  good knowledge of spoken and written English
- social media skills
- Diving Licence
-Health Pass
Required documents are:

1. A CV with a current photo
2. A letter of motivation (one A4 page)
3. One detailed idea of what you would like to focus on while you are PNG
4.  One detailed funding idea.

Complete documents must be submitted  as PDF (not exceed a total of 5 MB in size) to: info@theia.international

The Program offers university program research possibilities.
Flight, travel, insurance and visa expenses are not included.


2022 Theia Program Cross Over - Cross Culture 

Experience fields : Sustainable Fashion, India 
UN SDGs 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13

Programms and Partners: THEIA Nexus Unique - Soft Skills Development + Hands-on experiences Goa, Ahmedabad (IN)

Sustainble Fashion including four weeks stay in India,  UNSDGs 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13

Our SFA program will take place in India.
You will be part of the value chain of production. Living there you will be encouraged to adapt to their cultural values and ways of living and working. Through acclimating to their way of life, you will better understand WHY they do the things that they do. And how it is manifested in the things they make. Through developing this understanding you will be better prepared to use your unique understandings to help be a part of the process. 

Through sharing these experiences others you will be given a chance to spread awareness about these time-honed traditions that are increasingly becoming less encouraged and appreciated. The loss of value of the craft is leading towards the loss of the skill. 
The value of 100 percent ecologic hand-made textiles is unique and timeless, and we encourage the longevity of its culture with you serving as ambassadors for the sustainable life of the practice.

 

 India 

Selection Interviews:
Requirements for applicants: 

- open-minded mindset,
-  good knowledge of spoken and written English
- social media skills
Required documents are:

1. A CV with a current photo
2. A letter of motivation (one A4 page)
3. One detailed idea of what you would like to focus on while you are in India.

Completed documents can be submitted  as PDF (not exceed a total of 5 MB in size) to: info@theia.international


We invite you to get to know your limits.
Join us as a volunteer or fellow 

Find out about yourself and translate your experiences in your life and career and a meaningful leadership 

Womenforfuture
remote

VANKKAM means welcome. With this programme, women from the largest slums in India want to dare to start a new future for their children and thus become real role models.

SDG 1,2,3,4,5,8, 10,11, 12
www.womenforfuture.org

Action for Happy Kids - remote

The first global campaign for kids and youth to help them make the world a place for happy kids.  It's about understanding and learning from each other and more. 
SDG 1,2, 3,4, 5, 10
www.actionforhappykids.org

 

Sustainable Design Product Development - remote 

The India-wide award-winning project is also a project by and with women's power. They produce paper 100% ecologically in harmony with nature, animals and people.
SDG, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13 

Bio-Diversity and Community Building

The flagship project when it comes to biodiversity and mindfullnes. This project is the next stage of our project in Solan, started by our partner with 4 communities in the Himalayan regions of India. SDG 1,2, 3,4, 11, 12

Before...

the journey starts with an assessment and an inspiration camp where they will discuss their ideas of their inner and outer journey with their further mentors. Besides that the mentors provide the insights of their experience background.  

During... 

During : In the following weeks mainly the fellows are in charge of their interdisciplinary and 360 degree development while we work to provide the framework of the experience and personal/professional support throughout. A reflection pathfinder will help to structure the journey and the reflection bookmarks will which we reflect with them support  by reflection. We offer a unique opportunity to gain a thorough insight into  grass roots innovations and connect the young potentials with cultural tribes, experts of different professions and mentors.  During this time, the fellows will also have time to pursue their own research ideas. In addition, we will connect them with leading universities.  

Afterwards - Fueling your Life

When the fellows come back to their countries they will have a follow up with a toolkit to integrate their experiences and newly acquired knowledge in their daily life and works spaces. We offer as well our network to link them to experts if they want to become social entrepreneurs, funding a start up or to pursue their own research ideas or innovations.  Parts of their experiences will be exposed on a platform as well in courses for universities and schools. Further outcomes:  Newspaper articles; blogs, videos, podcasts produced on a variety of topics, learning materials for schools...







iGen Z is confident in their tech skills. 
But unsure about their non-tech skills which means relations, autonomie empathie and confidence.


GEN Z - iGEN...

 iGeneration Z – those born after the mid-1990s.  

By 2020, Gen Z will make up 20% of the multigenerational workforce. A survey, which included 12,086 Gen Z students , aged 16-23, from 17 different countries around the world showed that: 52% of the respondents feel that they have the necessary tech-skills that companies want,  43% think their education, including a lack of soft skills, has not prepared them well for future careers.  75% expect to learn from peers on the job, not online programs. 
 
With the reality that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t yet been created, worldwide skills set of soft skills and intercultural competences will be invaluable assets for career adaptability.  Our programs are focused on helping aspiring professionals to develop a comprehensive skill set through enabling a new culture of learning and opportunities for transmission of experiences that will equip them with the necessary skills to flourish. In our Theia-Universal-Skills-Program we focus on core elements such as resilience, grit, critical thinking, self-awareness, reflective complexity…..  Ultimately, our goal is to help develop self-regulating individuals that have the capabilities to thrive in their personal lives, as well as in the ever-changing job market. 

Every third student drops out of university...


One reason: lack of motivation. 
Young people looking for the right studies, the perfect education, their first job - they have no experience, but that's exactly what they need to make the right choice. Without inspiration and/or concrete role models, many young people do not know what is possible for them.  Access to people outside your immediate background can open doors and opportunities they didn't know existed.

Our Challenge 

Unjustice of Opportunity - Education Gap

Equal opportunities will be redefined. If young people are not prepared for the future here and now and continue to hold on to a fixed identity, job or world view, they risk being left behind. Access to knowledge, skills, networks and lighthouse initiatives – and ultimately, self-actualization and freedom - must not be reserved for the financial or cultural elite. 

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Unprecedented Global Problems

Climate change, transhumanism, global power shifts,  the flood of data, markets led by algorithms - this new world has new rules. In order to find their way, all young people should have the opportunity to critically examine themselves and all the prevailing changes in order to collaboratively experiment with their talents and ideas.

 



Mind and Skill Set

The skills that young people need for today and tomorrow require more than just a few narrowly defined concepts and abilities. Learning to deal with change, reflect on experiences, think critically, act collaboratively and take initiative will be crucial to their success, and ultimately, their well-being.

 


Prepared for the future ? Not prepared. 

Many young adults are poorly prepared for working life, according to a recent study. Only 36% of the students surveyed that they were satisfied with how their school prepared them for their future careers. The clear majority - 56 percent - were less satisfied or not satisfied at all.  A survey conducted by the career magazine of the German Staufenbiel Institute, which looked at students'  plans for the future, about 73% of students across Germany like they were insufficiently or not at all prepared for their future. In general, the upcoming generation of young adults feel they are not adequately prepared their future. Digitization is revolutionizing work processes, but according to a study conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) , only 46 percent of employees in Germany are prepared for the new jobs. The study urges that schools and companies take notice and make changes. The revolution has long since begun!  

Not prepared. Frustrated!

A recent survey in the US found that over 90% of people in society are not fully satisfied with their jobs. 
But that is where they spend most of their lives. 



Try, fail, get up...


Lack of personal motivation sets limits. This is not only a main motive for dropping out of university, but also a reason for dissatisfaction in the world of work. This is where the expectations between young people and employers collide.  In a recent study, 54% of employers stated that young people lack soft skills such as communication and teamwork. In return, numerous studies on the so-called GEN Z show what young talents miss when they enter university or professional life. We don't see any obstacles here, but rather the great opportunity on both sides to shape the future in a new way. 

Some Insights of Theia Fellows

* more reflections as well as videos will follow soon.

Lukas G.  highly gifted 

 "I have always wished for someone who would have taken my ideas and work seriously, challenged me, advised me and accompanied me. Who opens ways for me without manipulating me to a certain one. I have now found that. And I have experienced for the first time how enriching and inspiring "effort" can be. "

Lukas is currently leading the Theia project BEHIND BEYOND. 

Sabine B. , Master Student Psycology

"The project has allowed me to expand my personal and professional skills. I learned a lot about the topic and was able to apply the statistical methods I had learnt during my studies. As well I learned more about the ability to work in a team, team thinking, time management, assuming responsibility, expressing my opinion, setting limits and new methods of presentation."

Markus T. Master Student,  Sociology

"The project was a very instructive experience for me and I think the cooperation brought me a lot of positive things. Especially the moderation of the workshop was an important experience for me and certainly helped me to appear self-confident in front of other people. Furthermore, I liked the basic theme and motivated me in my work.  In general, the project has helped me to work independently, to present myself, to speak freely, to appear self-confident and to apply the methods I learned during my studies. It was exciting for me to actively apply qualitative research methods that I had known so far mostly from books and lectures".

Michael H. ,  Master Student,  international economy

"For the first time I was allowed to share topics at a professional meeting. I thank Anja for this special opportunity and her trust in me. I found the meeting and the interactions of the actors very interesting and enlightening.  I have learned a lot about facial expressions, gestures and the related sent signals.  In general, I found my behavior hesitant. I wanted to avoid repeating.  Anja guided the meeting highly competent and with a lot of expertise in all the relevant issues, I preferred to take the notes but she encouraged me to get involved. Which I succeeded in doing.  Today I know how and when I should  show presence and I also know how to interact tactically with my colleagues without words. I'm much more confident in using my body language. And I'm  sure that this experience will help me a lot later in my job and that I will remember this dry run very often. "

 

Mathias, D. Bachelor Student, economy

"I never heard before of the possibilities Theia offers to students and young people . As well I never have had somebody around me who invested so much passion in my development. If somebody would have seen me some month ago... And today, I prepare my cross over experience while leaving for India with Anja.  And yes I already left my comfort zone and as a young man from the country side who never traveled far - this is a big mind shift for me and I'm really excited. " 

Theia

Theia: A 3,500-year-old idea spans the world. 

The mythological figure of Theia is an outstanding and pioneering protagonist of the legends and myths of the ancient world. Almost forgotten in the many-voiced historical human memory, it dominated not only in the history of the Olympic family by its views, its actions and its children, its place, but represents its values increasingly up to the present and from a historical perspective, it can be assumed quite certainly also in the future.  The autonomy, the cosmopolitanism of the ancient flow of knowledge and a first democratic attitude shaped the spirit and discipline of entire generations of young people for centuries. 


At THEIA INTERNATIONAL, we have adopted the virtues of this extraordinary figure, heroine and woman. Dive with us into our philosophy, the cosmopolitanism, the knowledge, the entrepreneurs and the spirit of adventure, as well as the courageous foresight to reinterpret a 3500-year-old thought and to invent it into a new context.


Anja Carron 
Founder & President of Theia International
100 Top Leader of Global Education, G100 Global CHAIR WOMEN IN CIRCULAR ECONOMY 

I Founder & CEO Theia International | Global C-Suite Intercultural Reputation Advisor | Speaker | Global Chairperson for CircularEconomy, G100 Global League of WomenLeaders (IN) | 100 Top Leaders in GlobalEducation (UAE),  Awarded as OUTSTANDING LEADER , 2022 (UAE)

  The time to change is now and everlasting. As an original thinker, a compassionate global citizen, and bridge maker, Anja founded Theia International (TI). 2019 she was nominated by the ZEIT Foundation for the Marion Doenhoff Prize for International Understanding and Reconciliation and awarded as one of the 100 Leaders of Global Education (GFEL Dubai). Since 2021 she is the chairperson for Circular Economy, part of the G100 Global League of Women Leaders, and with TI Unesco (BNE) Best Practice Partner for global, sustainable, and mindful education (SDG 4.7) 

She powerfully feels that Innovation flourishes when diverse perspectives, disciplines, and skills meet. Therefore she founded Theia International as an umbrella and Kickstarter for young people to develop the global mindset needed for creating a sustainable, harmonious, difference in our ever-changing society. "Change needs people with an inclusive identity that reflects their sense of connection with other people, aspects of nature - especially in the trade-off between socio-economic challenges and digital progress." Anja designed THEIA to identify, inspire and enable these pathfinders by sending them out into uncharted territories of new ideas and insane potential. 

Global networker, C-Suite Advisor of international leading companies' and foundations' executives; graduated lawyer in international and economic law (Passau, Munich, Cardiff, Thessaloniki, Maastricht, Hong Kong). Award-winning business innovation model developer (Marketing Club Luxembourg) branding strategist (RTL-Stiftung/Mario Götze; Biotech meets German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder), initiator of a European funded resilience campus program. Former: Director Asset Management Company, Lead IPO and IR Manager (IT, biotech, pharmacy, healthcare, retail, renewable energies, lubricants producer), founder of a CSR-Think Tank. She works at the interface between capital market and non-profit, innovation and tradition, sustainability, and Circular Economies. Native German - 25 years intern. experiences - Cosmopolitan lived and worked in 4 Continents: GER Cologne, Frankfurt | FR Marseille, Lyon | UK London | Wales |LUX Luxembourg City | CHE Geneva | VEN Caracas | ZA - KEN, BWA, GHA, NAM | MAR Marrakesh | CHN Hong Kong | IN Dehli, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Solan, Bangalore. Anja is fluent in speaking German, English, French and holds two nationalities.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery. It is the source of all true art and science. The only source of knowledge is experience (Albert Einstein). 


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Theia International e.V. is a non-profit and independent association based in Cologne, Germany.

Inclusive and cosmopolitan: Outstanding mentoring programs, international and intercultural exchange opportunities, access to networks that open the right doors, and to the state of the art skills development programs must be open to every young person, regardless of his or her background or financial means. 

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