A Training Kit For Intercultural Learning – For Free!

The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) have been partners since July 2010, and together fund the EU-CoE Youth partnership. On this Program’s website you can find a training kit for intercultural learning that you can download for free!

The training kit presents a view on intercultural training that is focused on developing Intercultural Learning (ICL) in the context of the European Union. This tool, however can also be applied outside of the EU. In the kit, you will find definitions of culture, of learning, and of ICL. You will also find a lot of exercises and training methods that can be used for intercultural training! As with all methods and materials, adaption may be necessary so it is relevant to your audience and becomes a great resource you can use to promote ICL in your community and learn how you can help others to cope with cultural differences.

The main definitions of culture that the kit builds on are the Iceberg model of culture, Geert Hofstede’s model of cultural dimensions, Edward T. and Mildred Reed Hall’s behavioral components of culture, and Jaques Demorgon and Markus Holz’s discussion of culture.

Also, the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) by Milton J. Bennett is presented. In the section of “Methods”, very useful and applicable information is given about training activities for ICL.

Use this to promote intercultural learning and help us, both from within and outside of AFS, to promote peace and the intercultural competence that is needed to sustain peace. The training kit can provide you with a lot of ideas and tips that you will most certainly be able to use. We welcome your engagement and hope that you will get involved in ICL at AFS – contact us at icl@afs.org to learn more!

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