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Simulation Exercise

"Welcome to my village..."

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A simulation with clay about immigration, assimilation, intercultural competences in general, etc...

Aims of the tool

- to bring reflection about intercultural competences
-to make participants aware how quick assimilation gets in stead of integration
- to open discussion about cultures, values and symbols...

Description of the tool

- group is devided in 4 groups, each on a table with 5 kg of clay.
THe whole activity should be silent, no verbal or written communication.

Each table recieves the instructions and starts to build.

when the villages are ready, you facilitate the " destiny" by pulling straws. longest straw goes to the right, shortest to the left table. ( follow the instruction according the uploaded attachment)

Let the process begin and observe the reactions.

Give more instrucitons ( see attachment)

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Tool overview

This tool is for

- youth workers, young people in general ...

and addresses

Intercultural Learning

Materials needed:

- 20 kg of clay
- plastic to cover the tables
- some tools to cut the clay
the instructions ( see attachment)


1h of action , 30 minutes of reviewing

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

TC Value the difference - Identity ( France, Strasbourg November 2011)

in the context of

Henk Persyn ( with the help of Farkhanda Chaudry)

The tool has been experimented in

training course on intercultural learning... ( to many people know already the barnga barnga cardgame...)

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Henk Persyn (on 28 November 2011)

and last modified

8 November 2011

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