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Simulation Exercise, Exercise, Group Building Activity

Learning contract

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To clarify what are the “rules” and what are the “values”;
To raise awareness of the importance of languages in a multicultural environment;
To underline the fact that different terms come from in different languages and are used with different accents;
To enhance the understanding of working in multicultural teams;
To create a safe learning environment;
To facilitate participants' communication on different levels;
To work actively together as a group;
To discuss about importance of group and group learning;
To create a learning and working contract within the group;

Description of the tool

60 seconds exercise-5 min

Aim:To see that perception of time could be different. To have a common agreement on time management

Ask participants to stand, close eyes. Ask them to, as silently as possible, sit down when they think 60 seconds have past. Then they can open their eyes. Discussion about time and make a common agreement on how
We should manage time during this TC. Is time the same for all?
Cultures? Individuals? How could we manage a group like this?

At the end, the team explained how important it is to have everybody involved at the same level in all the sessions of the programme and how important their individual involvement is for the group process.

Group Contract–20 min

The group is divided into small groups. They all have a flipchart
and some markers. They are going to be ask to write down a list to follow during the week, taking into account that they need to be fair for everybody and realistic. Back in plenary a list of the rules is written down to be present in the room during the whole length of the Seminar.

STAR*–15 min

The trainer in charge of this activity, in this case Justine, define the Euromed acronym STAR with the help of participants to talk about the values needed in the Euromed activities. (Longer explanation at the bottom of the page)

Summarise–5 min

The trainer again summarise all the metnioned points during the activities and differenced between rules and values.



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Tool overview

This tool is for

For Participants to learn mutual respect and understanding as well as individual responsibility within the group

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Disability, Anti-Racism, EuroMed, Group Dynamics, Project Management, Networking and Follow-up, Intercultural Learning, Personal Development, Conflict Management, Organisational Management, European Citizenship, South-East Europe, Peer education, Gender issues, Eastern Europe and Caucasus, Evaluation

Materials needed:

A watch
Flip Chart and Markers


45 min

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

SALTO EUROMED (on 11 June 2009)

and last modified

11 June 2009

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