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Three modules with 24 online sessions and coaching

Exceptional Leadership 

How to become an exceptional civil society leader

Course Description

Civil society has become a major force in bringing about social change and creating a positive impact. The civil society serves as a watchdog, an advocate for the excluded, a service provider and capacity builder for citizens, and even as an incubator for new ideas and innovations. Especially during this challenging times, civil society can use key insights and lessons learned from Covid-19 to embrace new opportunities and overcome challenges such as hunger, poverty, social injustice, and climate change. However, the pace of change and the influence of civil society highly depends on the capacity of Civil Society Organisations and their leadership. Therefore, exceptional leadership is ultimately the key to the success of an organization as well as social change. Some civil society leaders are good, while far fewer are truly exceptional. This course helps you explore what exceptional leaders do to make a difference.


This intensive course will include 3 modules that run over 3 months:

Module 1: 8 - 11 September 2020

Module 2: 6 - 9 October 2020

Module 3: 3 - 6 November 2020

Each module will have 8 online sessions spread over 4 days in a row. Each day includes two sessions. One session is of 1 hour and 30 minutes duration.

For whom:

Leaders of Civil Society Organizations

Senior and Team Leaders of Civil Society Organizations

Course fees:

EUR 600/ person (Plus VAT)


  • Receive a Certificate of Participation

  • Individual coaching by experienced coaches

  • Take part in practical online assignments

  • Learn key concepts and powerful tools

  • Meet and learn from like-minded people

​What you'll learn

  • Reflection on your leadership skills and attitudes – your organisational leadership, team leadership, and self-leadership

  • Address important leadership challenges, i.e. improve your communication skills, enhance your team and organisational performance, or redefine key strategies and processes.

  • Explore with the powerful tools to navigate you, your team and your organisation during the current challenging times

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Course Outline

I don’t have very good rhythm – can I still do Zumba® classes?

Yes definitely! Zumba® uses basic dance steps that are easy to learn. After a few classes you will pick up most of the moves together with the rhythm. The most important thing is to keep moving – and having fun. You will be hooked on the music and find that you do have rhythm!

I have tried so many different ways of losing weight and keeping fit – why is Zumba® different?

Zumba® classes are different because it is easy to do, effective and fun. This is the key point to any form of exercise because you will become addicted to the class and therefore keep coming back. This in turn means that you will be regularly exercising your body which will result in weight loss and a change of body shape.

How many calories can I burn during a Zumba® Class?

The number of calories each person burns per class varies. Depending on your body parameters (type, composition, intensity, range of motion), you can burn HUNDREDS of calories per class (usually between 500 to 1000 calories!)

I am recovering from a serious accident which has resulted in me needing regular exercise. I am a bit nervous about which Zumba® class I should do – can you recommend one and why.

Firstly, if you are recovering from a serious accident or illness we would recommend a letter from your Physician/Doctor. I would always suggest that Aqua Zumba® is the best form of exercise to begin with as your body is protected by the weight and buoyancy of the water which will cushion and support your joints.

What are the best shoes to wear in a Zumba® Class?

I recommend that you wear cross training or aerobic style shoes. They provide the cushion and medial lateral support needed for side-to-side movements. They also have a low traction rubber for easy sliding and turning. Avoid trainers with deep treads because they may restrict your movement. Bare feet or only wearing socks is not recommended due to lack of support and safety concerns.

I would like to try you Aqua Zumba® class but I am not a good swimmer – does that matter?

No. The water is a certain level and will not beover your depth. However, we would suggest if you are at all nervous that you stay near the side. Aqua Zumba® does not involve swimming but simple dance steps in the water. There are lifeguards at the pool always.

I have a 3 month old baby and looking for a suitable class to get back into shape – which class would be most suitable for maximum weight loss.

Once you are feeling ready and it is safe for you to exercise then we would suggest you try the Aqua Zumba® class first as this is the least amount of strain on your body because of the cushioning effect of the water. You can take this class at your own pace but it is a very effective work-out. A good balance would be to attend Aqua Classes first and then join our Zumba® classes too. This will give you a very good combination of cardio and toning – using your muscles which will result in successful weight loss.

I have attended your Zumba® class but now want to try Zumba® Toning – where can I get some Toning Sticks from?

I do provide the Toning Sticks for you to use during the class. However, if you would like to purchase your own set of Toning Sticks you can buy them from me.

My husband wants to come to your Zumba® class with me – is it open to men as well?

Absolutely. There are men who attend our class and they are totally hooked!

My daughter wants to come to a class. She is 10 years old – could she come with me?

I have classes for children between the ages of 4 and 12 which is called Zumba®tomic. These are Zumba® classes designed solely for kids. Please see our timetable and venues for where we hold these classes. You are very welcome to join in with your daughter at these classes which are proving to be a very popular after school club.



“It was a brilliant opportunity, and I reflected and learned a lot during the course. It includes the balance of the international and external situations and coherence between the mandate and field practices. As a result, it contributed to the shift of Save Cambodia’s Wildlife towards developing its “Social Entrepreneurship Strategy” and a sustainable role in contributing to the protection of forest and wildlife habitat in Cambodia.”

Tep Boonny

Executive Director, Save Cambodia's Wildlife

Exceptional Leadership (Comprehensive Course)
Sep 08, 2:00 PM GMT+5:30
3 modules with 24 sessions & coaching


Petra Speier-Werner

Petra’s mission is to be a source of inspiration and love that holds a space for everyone to grow and flow. She has been working in different sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Being an organizational psychologist, economist, and political scientist with a doctorate in change management, her trainings, lectures, and coaching are nurtured with her interdisciplinary approach. She will facilitate the training courses in Africa.

Dirk Reber

Dirk is committed to the civil society sector for more than 25 years. With his passion, positive energy, optimism, and autonomy, he likes to see people grow and find their true meaning of values. His international experience in different leadership positions throughout Asia and Africa qualifies him as facilitator, trainer, and coach: preferably with you in one of the CSA courses, otherwise as an outdoor trainer. Dirk's center is his family and nature. He has the roles of facilitator and coach. With a professional background in economics, sociology, and rural development, Dirk is committed to the civil society for over 20 years. Being with Welthungerhilfe since 2003, he worked in consultancy and leadership positions throughout Asia: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, and North Korea. He will facilitate the training courses in South East Asia.

Sohini Paul

Sohini has been working in the development sector for more than two decades, mostly on capacity building and human rights in the South Asian context. As a facilitator and coach of Civil Society Academy, she has focused on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management in several countries across Asia and Africa. She also facilitates trainings on advocacy and rights-based approaches as well as designing effective programmes and projects. Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening, which is reflected in her facilitation style. She will facilitate the training courses in South & South East Asia, as well as in Africa.

Joachim Schwarz

Joachim is passionate about social justice and is on a mission to support like-minded civil society actors and social entrepreneurs to become more powerful and innovative. Hence, in 2015 he left his NGO career to build the Civil Society Academy. He is an outstanding facilitator and coach with expertise in social innovation, leadership, organizational change, and advocacy. Joachim has spent more than than 20 years in Africa and Asia.

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