As part of the BIC activities, an international survey was conducted among young people in six European countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Malta, North Macedonia, and Portugal) in the period December 2019 – March 2020. The survey aimed at identifying young people’s feelings, difficulties, and experiences when arriving in a new cultural environment. The respondents’ answers reveal that living in another country could be difficult and challenging but, after all, it is a life-changing experience, which opens your mind to other people and cultures and breaks all stereotypes and prejudices.
Our consortium believes that the short report will be useful for many youth organizations and educational centers when dealing with international mobility.
Compared to the past, the world has become globally open and young people need to leave their usual comfort zone and explore different lands through studying, working and travelling. This creates new multicultural environments on places, which are traditionally mono cultural. However, Europe is facing major challenges in promoting social inclusion and cultural diversity as core values that unite the Member States. By exploring and sharing good practices and innovative methods and strategies of dealing with the challenges in multicultural environments for youth organisations and overcoming cultural shock, stereotyping, prejudices, discrimination and stigmatisation through intercultural communication and dialogue among young people, the project “Building Intercultural Competences” will raise awareness among young people about the importance of intercultural communication and mutual understanding.
The general objective of BIC is to help young people understand the importance of social inclusion and cultural diversity and build intercultural competences