Summer Mentorship Training Program and Leadership Fellowship 2021-2022

Program Theory 


In-Sight Collaborative’s mentorship program and mentor fellowship are designed to provide a safe and welcoming introduction to leadership in the humanitarian sector with continuing opportunities to refine leadership skills. 


The humanitarian sector is one of the most diverse and intersectional sectors in the world. Humanitarian action requires coordinated action from legal teams, policy-makers, logisticians, medical specialists, funders,  journalists, local leadership, and many others to successfully execute interventions. We believe that anyone with the right mindset and a willingness to engage can be an effective part of the humanitarian response from any background, profession, or sector. It is one of our goals to help inspire future humanitarian leaders and give them the tools and resources they need to participate in a meaningful way.


Participants will begin their fellowship with a six-week moduled course where they are introduced to current trends, problems, and innovations in the humanitarian sector and mentored by In-Sight Collaborative and our partners through problem-solving and reflection activities. Each week will have a leadership cultivation component so that mentees who exit the program are prepared to take on mentorship roles at In-Sight Collaborative. 


Throughout the program and fellowship, participants will be given the opportunity to explore the following areas of the non-profit and humanitarian sector: 


  • The history of the humanitarian sector and current events

  • Planning, assessment, implementation, and evaluation of humanitarian interventions 

  • Strategic planning within the non-profit industrial complex

  • Fundraising

  • Research

  • Storytelling

  • Advocacy initiatives 

"Arriving at meaningful solutions is an inevitably slow and difficult process. Nonetheless, what I saw was: better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity. Above all, it takes a willingness to try."

- Atul Gawande, Better

Mentorship: In-Sight Collaborative’s mission is to promote the model of accompaniment along the migratory pathway. This means that we choose to walk alongside the populations affected by forced displacement and support them in a mutually empowering way. We believe in forging relationships and facilitating their journey with their input and direction rather than being driven by donors or the assumptions and intentions of humanitarian actors. 


In-Sight Collaborative provides educational tools and programs to help raise awareness on the issues facing the humanitarian sector, including sector biases, savior complexes, and inconsistent standards of practice which can be harmful to those experiencing displacement and relying on humanitarian interventions for support.

  • Crash Course: In-Sight’s crash course programs are designed to provide entry-level learning opportunities for those interested in exploring the humanitarian and migration sectors and participating in a meaningful way. We believe that anyone can have an impactful role within any capacity. The crash course provides a brief history on the sector, a summary of current events, and guidance on how to engage with these humanitarian issues in an ethical and effective way from anywhere in the world.

  • Mini Modules: Mini Modules are designed to be used as tools for In-Sight Collaborative and our partners to train incoming volunteers and provide continuing education on current issues in the humanitarian sector. 


The role of the In-Sight Mentors is to welcome new participants to the program and follow them through the duration of the course (two or four weeks for the Crash Course, one week for the Mini Modules). Mentors will be available to answer questions, engage in thoughtful conversations, and direct participants to additional resources. We believe that this method of direct-mentorship facilitates a positive and meaningful learning experience and helps us expand our network and support system.


Those who complete the mentorship program will be asked to participate in mentoring at least once per quarter (every three months) and to assist with advocacy events at the organization which may include webinars, digital conferences, fundraising initiatives, and social media advocacy campaigns. This mentorship and advocacy participation will be overseen by In-Sight Collaborative’s Director of Education and Executive leadership team. 

Listen: Receive the information objectively. 

Reflect: Think about your potential role in the action strategies and information you are taking in.

Act: Consider the population or field of development work you may be interested in engaging with in the future and start to think about an action plan you could develop in support of that community. Although we won’t carry out these action plans until the end of Week Two, start to reflect on how you could actualize your plans of action either at a local or global level. 

Repeat: Take the knowledge of what you’ve grasped in the week’s concepts and reflect again with your more refined critical eye. Then, reconsider your action plan if needed and make adjustments as you see fit. 

Program Content 


Each week will include the following material:


  • A lecture to introduce and contextualize the information, activities, and reflections for the week 

    • This lecture will be archived, so participants can attend live or watch at their convenience)

  • A resource page where the week’s content will be posted along with additional learning resources

  • A workbook where participants will be guided through reflection activities to help process the content

  • A cohort meeting at the end of each week where participants will meet with their mentors and groups to discuss the content



  •  Applications run: April 1st - May 21st 

  • Interviews run: May 21st - June 18th 

  • Start Date of Mentorship Program: Monday, July 5th - Monday, August 9th

Time Commitment: 5-6 hours per week for six weeks, followed by a one-year mentorship fellowship with In-Sight Collaborative


Participants must be able to attend mandatory one-hour Cohort Meetings on Saturdays for the duration of the 6-week mentorship program. Cohorts will be divided based on time zones and the meeting times will be decided by the cohort on the first week of the program. 


Pre-Mentorship Crash Course


Participants who are accepted into the program and have not yet completed In-Sight Collaborative’s 2-week Crash Course will be asked to complete the two modules before the start date of the program. These modules take 2-3 hours per week to complete.


Mentorship Program: July 5th - August 9th, 2021


  • Monday 

    • Weekly content released: content will include a lecture that can be attended live or watched later as a recording. Additional content will include readings and short videos. 

    • Live Lecture: will take place at 7pm GMT+3 

  • Saturday

    • Cohort Meeting: participants will be divided into four cohorts and the weekly meeting will take place either morning or evening time every Saturday for six weeks

  • Sunday

    • Weekly reflections due


Mentorship Fellowship: August 9th, 2021 - August 1st, 2022


Those who successfully complete the 2021 Mentorship Program will be asked to participate as mentors in In-Sight Collaborative. 


In-Sight’s Crash Course programs will run once per quarter, and Mini Modules will be initiated on a case-by-case basis. The time commitment per week for mentoring will be two hours. Mentors will not be expected to participate in more than one mentorship session per quarter. 


Program Objectives:


  • Educate young professionals and current participants in related sectors about the paradigm shift we would like to see in forced migration 

  • Cultivate an understanding and embodiment of the accompaniment model

  • Identify organizations/entities/movements who embody the accompaniment model

  • Identify ways to promote the accompaniment model as a leader in their respective sectors 

  • Prepare mentors who will mentor new community members at In-Sight Collaborative 

To view the full course curriculum, you can download the guide by clicking the button below:

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Esraa Sayed


"Without this program, I'd have spent my life wondering if I'll ever be able to support humanitarian issues, now I can say that I can".

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Mohammad Aboulwafa


"For me it was a great experience and an excellent opportunity to be a part of this program because I find it very challenging to gather all these persons with their differences towards an important goal like that, for me I find it a life-changing experience because it helps me to see what I couldn't do."

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Luana Nunes


"I want to be aware of what is happening around the world, I don’t want to be another person pretending that everything is ok, when it's not. This program was very challenging and it made me wonder about everything, even about myself."


Muhammad al Mahroof


" I learned from the experiences of some refugees and also those who make research into their issues and those who are directly involved in providing services and succour to refugees. The program was a big eye opener for me as I look forward to an opportunity to volunteer as a humanitarian and also keep open the network created from this training."

Applications Closed

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