Karen Pong


I enjoy facilitating the learning processes. So, I became a trainer. I focus on a broad spectrum of topics: human rights, peace education, peace-building, conflict transformation, human trafficking/people smuggling, GBV, migrants and refugees, intercultural learning, youth empowerment and capacity building.
Article 13 of UDHR rocks because I love to travel.
My motto: Sharing is Karen!

Karen Pong has 6 references for past work as a trainer.

Karen Pong

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Current occupation

Trainer/Facilitator (freelance)

Work experience

I have worked mostly internationally with young people in Council of Europe members and Euro-Med states, but I have organised local youth initiatives too, and not only with young people. I have successfully designed and implemented several international and local initiatives since 2013, and I have attended one evaluation meeting of a CoE youth project in 2014.
Most recently, I designed and implemented the online training course “ESC for Young Refugees” on 12/05 to 25/05/2021 via the HOP Online Learning Platform through INEDIVIM - Hellenic National Agency for European Solidarity Corps. Program design of 6 units, and implementation of 4 interactive ZOOM meetings with youth workers working with young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers(YMRA). Participate in online prep meetings, evaluation of the event and writing the final report.
I have developed a course titled “We Want Peace...Education” targeting primary, secondary and VET school teachers on peace education as a process of promoting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to bring about behaviour changes to enable children, youth and adults to prevent negative conflict and violence at home, at schools and at workplaces. The course was published by Teachersrise in August 2020 to be delivered between September 2021 - September 2022.

Educational pathway

I have a double Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and International Economics with a minor in International Law, from the American University of Paris in France. I am very interested in youth work, human rights and human rights and peace education.
I integrated the Youth Peace Ambassadors project of the Council of Europe’s DYS in 2011. I gained skills in project management; to plan, implement and evaluate youth projects (workshops, seminars, study session, training courses).
Through my youth work, I gained knowledge on human rights, awareness of contemporary human rights issues and dilemmas and ability to lead a debate over these issues, capacity to speak against human rights violation and how to advocate for human rights, knowledge on human rights education; improved competencies and knowledge of conflict transformation process, conflict management, conflict analysis, and peacebuilding; competencies in intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning competencies such as tolerance of ambiguity and empathy; and competencies in non-formal education and youth work such as development of network and partnerships, project management, facilitation in the work with young people.
ToT series in 2014, “Understanding and Working with Conflict” co-organised by UNOY that provided trainers/multipliers/potential trainers training and facilitation skills necessary to support communication processes in conflict contexts. Training of Trainers for Youth in the Council of Europe (TRAYCE 2015-2016).
These experiences have been extremely relevant for my work for the following reasons. First, they have given me the necessary exposure to acquire knowledge, skills and competencies indispensable for my work. Secondly, I thrive in multicultural settings, which is why I gained a significant amount of experience at the international level. Thirdly, I really enjoy working with young people. They inspire me, and through my work, I hope to inspire them too. Finally, my experiences have given me the opportunity to learn more about my work, to evolve in the field and to progress.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (expert) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (beginner) Education through Sports
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (intermediate) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (expert) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (expert) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (expert) Social Media
  • (advanced) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (advanced) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations
  • (advanced) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (intermediate) Families
  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (beginner) Young People with a Physical Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (expert) Africa
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (expert) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Global Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (intermediate) North-South Co-operation
  • (expert) South East Europe

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) French
  • (fluent) Greek

Other languages

German, Pidgin

Trainer references

  • Conflict Resolution through Dialogue

    Awaiting validation (requested 2024-02-04)
    The training activity took place
    in Yerevan, Armenia
    organised by NEANIKI EKSELIXI
    29/03/2017 - 05/04/2017
  • Peace Is...

    Validated (2022-05-01)
    The training activity took place
    in Senderiz, Galicia
    organised by Youth Peace Ambassadors Network
    27/09/2015 - 04/10/2015
    Reference person

    Agata Stajer

    (Co-trainer, organiser)
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  • Gender Matters? Gender Matters!

    Awaiting validation (requested 2024-02-04)
    The training activity took place
    in EYCB, Budapest, Hungary
    organised by Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
    05/10/2014 - 12/10/2014
  • Peace building through a gender lens: Youth fighting Gender-Based Discrimination

    Awaiting validation (requested 2024-02-04)
    The training activity took place
    in EYCB, Budapest, Hungary
    organised by Youth Peace Ambassadors Network
    27/10/2013 - 01/11/2013
  • ESC for Young Refugees

    Validated (2023-08-07)
    The training activity took place
    in Athens, Greece
    organised by European Solidarity Corps via INEDIVIM - Hellenic National Agency
    March 2021 - June 2021
    Reference person

    Nerijus Kriauciunas

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  • Migration Shaping Youth Work

    Validated (2023-12-19)
    The training activity took place
    in Magdas Hotel, Vienna, Austria
    organised by SALTO Inclusion & Diversity, hosted by JINT, National Agency for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps in Belgium Flanders
    19/11/2023 - 23/11/2023
    Reference person

    Pieter-Jan De Graeve

    (Coordinator, Organiser)
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This profile was last modified on 2024-02-04

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