Thomas Schallhart


Thomas is a full time freelance trainer, facilitator and activist. His main focuses are gender and LGBT+ rights, climate justice, global justice and antimilitarism. He has vast expertise in action planning, campaign strategy, non-formal education, utopic thinking, volunteer management and digital volunteering (esp. Wikipedia). He is based in Berlin, but works all around Europe.

Thomas Schallhart has 3 references for past work as a trainer and added 5 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Thomas Schallhart

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Trainer connections

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  • Gośka (Małgorzata) Tur
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  • Gerashchenko Iaroslav
    Gerashchenko Iaroslav

Current occupation

Freelance Trainer and Activist

Work experience

LGBT+ rights and queer self-empowerment
- Co-founder of the organisation Critical Queer Solidarity in Berlin (since 2019)
- Programme manager for the XPOSED International Queer Film Festival in Berlin (since 2019)
- Fundraiser for Queer Matters e.V. in Berlin (since 2020)
- Facilitator of two workshops at Stretch Festival around queer masculinities in Berlin (2019)
- Volunteer at queer sexual health organisation Mancheck in Berlin (since 2018)
- High school workshops with the queer educational organisation queer:connexion in Vienna (2014-2015)

Feminism and gender
- Several trainings and seminars on gender stereotypes, safer spaces as well as gender-based conflicts and discrimination for Service Civil International (SCI) and PECO in Austria, Italy and Spain (since 2018)
- Contributor to the toolkit "Free to be you and me" by SCI (2018-2019)

Global justice
- Several seminars on the relation between colonialism and volunteering for SCI in Austria and Spain (since 2015)
- Co-editor of the toolkit "Picturing the Global South: The Power Behind Good Intentions"
- Author of the manual "Wegbegleiter. Für Einsatzstellen von internationalen Freiwilligen" on South-North volunteering for ICJA e.V.

Climate justice, sustainability and animal rights
- Campaign strategist for German animal rights organisation Deutsches Tierschutzbüro (2018-2019)
- Course coordinator for the university course "Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures" at CEMUS / University of Uppsala (2017)
- Activist for Fossil Free Sweden (2017)
- Highschool workshops around sustainability for Ekolibria in Sweden (2015-2018)
- Founder of transnational youth initiative "River Jump! 3 Nations, 1 Nature" in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic (2013-2015)

Wikipedia and digital volunteering
- Founder of initiative Wikipedia for Peace, which aims at contributing more content on peace and social justice to Wikipedia
- Co-organiser of the global conference Queering Wikipedia in 2021
- Member of Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group and Wikimedia Austria
- Admin and active contributor in German Wikipedia since 2005

Educational pathway

- Environmental Communication. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Master Degree. 2005-2008.
- Biology. University of Vienna. Bachelors Degree. 2010-2005.
- Philosophy / Scandinavian Studies. University of Vienna. Bachelors Degree (unfinished). 2010-2015.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (intermediate) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (intermediate) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Health & Prevention
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (expert) Peace Education
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering

Working with specific target groups

  • (expert) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) French
  • (fluent) German
  • (fluent) Swedish

Trainer references

  • Peace on the Streets

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-03-30)
    The training activity took place
    in Vienna (Austria)
    organised by SCI Austria
    1-7 June 2019
  • The Bigger Picture: NFE for a Global Perspective

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-03-30)
    The training activity took place
    in Vienna (Austria)
    organised by SCI Austria
    8-13 February 2018
  • Youth4Remembrance

    Validated (2023-01-10)
    The training activity took place
    in Kagel (Germany)
    organised by SCI Germany
    31 October - 6 November 2019
    Reference person

    Simon* Jakob

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This profile was last modified on 2020-03-27

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