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Hi there, great question, thank you!

We encourage applications from all young leaders in conflict and post-conflict zones, supporting and catering to their individual cultural, religious, dietary and accessibility needs once they’re at Rondine. And we’d love to welcome a student who is committed to tackling social inclusion and accessibility for people of all abilities. We believe that students themselves know their communities’ needs best and we don’t set their agenda, we just empower them with the tools and training to make the most positive change. No doubt that issues of disability and social stigma play a large role in displacement for many communities, and we hope to identify and include an emerging leader dedicated to changing that dynamic in one of our future classes!

Dear Shikha, many thanks for your comment.
If I understand correctly, you refer to the 3 reasons of "uniqueness" of our idea.
The second concerns the simultaneous work on peace and environment. The community is indeed composed of students coming from opposite sides of conflict areas. The setting of the project is the "green" village of Rondine, in Tuscany. The "Citadel of Peace" of Rondine is set in a natural reserve, has an ancient historical architecture, and it is environmentally sustainable. The tiny village is entirely inhabited by the community of students, which never exceeds 30 people.
The training program for the international students is similarly centered on both peace and environment. The combination of personal and academic training will allow students to acquire knowledge on the discipline of environmental peacebuilding.
I hope to have clarified your doubts, please do not hesitate to write again, I would be happy to provide more details.
Thanks and best wishes