Building Intercultural Competences: Local Debate in Portugal

On 4th March the partners from Associação Check-IN – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento have conducted a local debate in Portugal, which was the final event of the series of local events, foreseen in the framework of the project.

School students from 3 classes attended the online event. The event started with a brief presentation about the mobility opportunities for young people in the framework of the Erasmus + programme and the European Solidarity Corps. Ex- and current ESC-volunteers have shared information about their projects and about the experience they have gained in the field of intercultural communication, thanks to their mobility.

Later on, all participants were encouraged to attended a discussion on the importance of intercultural competences, ways to develop them and methods to overcome intercultural shock.

Local debate in Portugal

The organisers would like to thank everyone for the active participation and for the meaningful discussion.

Building Intercultural Competences: Local Debate in North Macedonia

On 15th February Sfera International has conducted the online workshop “Building intercultural competencies”.

The workshop started with an ice breaker, and then continued on to a presentation about the project BIC, the Erasmus + programme, continuing with covering the topics of Intercultural communication, an interactive activity on Cultural shock, continuing with presenting the phases of cultural shock and advises on how to overcome cultural shock. There was a fruitful discussion with all the participants, and we would like to thank everyone who joined our event! Hope to see you on our future events!

Building Intercultural Competences (Local event in North Macedonia)
Building Intercultural Competences (Local event in North Macedonia)

The official page of the event on Facebook (in North Macedonian):

The event is part of the project “Building Intercultural Competences: Sharing Good Practices” (Building Intercultural Competences) which is an ERASMUS+ project Strategic Partnership

First Piloting Session

In the framework of the project we had planned to organise two piloting sessions, aiming to gather together young people and to discuss and test together techniques and approaches for building intercultural competences. We really wished to these to be held face-to-face, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to adjust.

So, as everyone else – we went online. The event took place on 11th December on Zoom platform. Young people from all countries involved in the project have joined us.

The session began with a brief introduction of the project, its purpose and foreseen activities, followed by an introduction of each participant. Besides the regular things (name, and location), Boyka (the moderator) invited them to share where do they feel really “at home”. We had a lot of interesting inputs and found out that for many of us the perception of “home” can be a place, we are not necessarily born and raised in. And some of us have several homes. Next, the participants were invited to share their thoughts on what intercultural communication mean to them – and we got a very beautiful wordcloud as a result 🙂

BIC First Piloting Session - What Intercultural Communication means to you?
BIC First Piloting Session – What Intercultural Communication means to you?

The next step of the event programme included a brief quiz, so each participants could check how familiar is with the perceptions and traditions in other cultures. It turned out that among the participants there were some experts, but still – we all have learned new for us facts (for instance – in which country 4 is an unlucky number and why)

We had a lot of fun during the First Piloting Session and received a very positive feedback from the participants, and we are really looking forward to the next events.

Stay tuned and join us 🙂

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Kick-off Meeting in Bitola

Kick-off Meeting in Bitola

We are happy to announce the initiation of our project – Building Intercultural Competences: Sharing Good Practices, funded under Erasmus+ Programme. Varna University of Management, together with 5 youth organisations from Greece, Italy, Malta, North Macedonia and Portugal will explore and share good practices, 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 about the importance of intercultural communication and mutual understanding. The project started on 1 September 2019. During the last week, the partners were brought together for the kick-off meeting in Bitola, North Macedonia.

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