Omer Ongun

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Need an Intercultural Learning and Communication training? Some performance arts methodologies?

I have been involved in youth work for 13 years now. I was an exchange student to USA in 2003 and since then I have attended and given trainings all over the world as part of AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs, US Educational and Cultural Bureau, European Federation for Intercultural Learning, NOW Organization and European Youth Forum.

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Omer Ongun

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Current occupation

Director of Education

Work experience

Trained in youth conferences, workshops, trainings and camps in parts of the world. Topics trained include intercultural theories, intercultural learning, intercultural communication styles, conflict resolution, experiential learning, cultural adaptation, global citizenship, European values, Turkish cultural adaptation and lenses, group dynamics, teamwork and leadership styles, effective facilitation and project management.


19-30 October 2016 Main Coordinator, Turkiye Kardesleri Domestic Exchange Program Turkey
12-16 October 2016 Organizer and Trainer, Training for Youth Ambassadors for German–Turkish Exchange, Deutsch Türkische Jugendbrücke Hamburg, Germany
2015-2018 Project Partner, “Generation Y’s Virtual Guide to Skill Development and Personal Branding in Social Media” Turkey, France, Sweden
24- 28 August 2016 Trainer, “Training of Trainers”, Turkish Psychology Students Association Antalya, Turkey
29 July- 9 August 2016 Founding Member and Facilitator, “NOW-Learn Change Grow Journey” Passugg, Switzerland
09 June 2016 Guest Participant, “United Nations Population Fund Design Thinking Group”, UNFPA Istanbul, Turkey
22-27 May 2016 Participant, “Organizational Development and Intercultural Learning Collaboration Retreat”, AFS International Cairo, Egypt
12-15 May 2016 Trainer, “YES Alumni Association Leadership Training” Johannesburg, South Africa
13-17 April 2016 General Coordinator, “Spectrum of Education 5 Conference: Schools of the Future and Future of the Schools” Istanbul, Turkey
26 March 2016 Facilitator, “From Strategy to the Action Plan”, Turkish Cultural Foundation and AFS Volunteers Association Joint Meeting Istanbul, Turkey
10 March 2016 Trainer, Diversity-Power and Privilege in Multicultural Groups of Global Youth Network, Swedish Embassy of Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
26-28 Febrary 2016 Participant, Global Competence Certification Qualifying Facilitators Workshop Brussels, Belgium
5-7 Febrary 2016 Facilitator, Changemaking and Social Impact Workshop Istanbul, Turkey
27 January 2016 Trainer, Intercultural Adaptation for American Exchange Students, Accent Study Centers Istanbul, Turkey
10-17 January 2016 B2B Visits for European Internship Consortia Barcelona, Spain
12-15 November 2015 Organizer and Trainer, Training for Youth Ambassadors for German–Turkish Exchange, Deutsch Türkische Jugendbrücke Hamburg, Germany
4-9 November 2015 Trainer, Ashoka Youth Venture Training of Trainers Istanbul, Turkey
30-31 October 2015 Guest Trainer, “Syyspäivät” Intercultural Learning Seminars Helsinki, Finland
26 October 2015 Guest Lecturer, “Working Together in Diverse Teams”, Sabancı University Istanbul, Turkey
18-20 September 2015 Trainer, AFS Turkey National Volunteer Training Akçakoca, Turkey
25-31 July 2015 Trainer, “Summer Academy from an Intercultural Perspective”, Karlschochshule International University Karlsruhe, Germany
16-19 April 2015 Facilitator, International Youth Forum, AFS International Buenos Aires, Argentina
9 April 2015 Trainer, Erasmus+Consortium Intercultural Adaptation Seminar, Kadir Has University Istanbul, Turkey
20-22 March 2015 Trainer, AFS Turkey Intercultural Learning and Volunteering Seminar for Adult Education Istanbul, Turkey
13 March 2015 Guest Lecturer, Global Engagement Certification, Koç University Istanbul, Turkey
13-15 February 2015 Trainer, AFS Turkey National Volunteer Training Istanbul, Turkey
03 February 2015 Trainer, Intercultural Adaptation and Communication Orientation for Incoming Exchange Students, Koç University Istanbul, Turkey
29 January 2015 Trainer, Intercultural Adaptation Mentorship Training, Koç University Istanbul, Turkey
27-28 January 2015 Trainer, Intercultural Communication and Adaptation Orientation, Accent Study Centers Istanbul, Turkey
22-25 Jan 2015 Trainer, Advanced Intercultural Learning and Project Management Training, Turkish Cultural Foundation Istanbul, Turkey
13-18 Jan 2015 Trainer, Partner Offices Organizational Development Coordinators Meeting, European Federation for Intercultural Learning Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy
11-14 Dec 2014 Facilitator, Sustainable Bridges, Deutsch Türkische Jugendbrücke Istanbul, Turkey
28-30 Nov 2014 Facilitator, Alumni Conference: Promoting Multipliers from the Field of German-Turkish Youth Exchange, Deutsch Türkische Jugendbrücke Istanbul, Turkey
04-09 Nov 2014 Facilitator, Global Citizenship Youth Forum and Symposium, UNESCO Paris, France

17-19 Oct 2014 AFS Turkey Intercultural Learning and Volunteering Seminar for Adult Education Izmir, Turkey
10-12 Oct 2014 Trainer, AFS Turkey National Volunteer Training Izmir, Turkey
21-28 Sept 2014 Trainer, “Embracing Diversity”, European Federation for Intercultural Learning, University on Youth and Development, Mollina, Spain
24 Aug-6 Sept 2014 Trainer, Eduk8 Training for Trainers, Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Trento, Italy
14-25 July 2014 Trainer, “Summer Academy on Sustainability from an Intercultural Perspective”, Kultur University Istanbul, Turkey
04-08 June 2014 Participant, Intercultural and Global Citizenship Seminar Hamburg, Germany
15 May 2014 Coordinator and Moderator, “Symposium on Interculturalism”, Galatasaray University Istanbul, Turkey
24 April 2014 Coordinator and Trainer, “Spectrum of Education Conference”, FMV Işık Schools Istanbul, Turkey
30 Jan-2 Feb 2014 Coordinator and Trainer, AFS Turkey Training of Trainers Istanbul, Turkey
29 Nov-6 Dec 2013 Trainer, European Citizenship Trimester Programme, European Federation For Intercultural Learning (EFIL) Brussels, Belgium
21-27 Nov 2013 Participant, AFS Academy ICL Program Qualified Trainers Workshop Florence, Italy

25-29 Sept 2013 Participant, Quality Assurance on Non-Formal Education, University on Youth and Development Mollina, Spain
19-22 Sept 2013 Trainer, Project Design Management in "Ten Years of Youth Leadership and Service Yes Alumni Workshop" Istanbul, Turkey
22 June- 02 Aug 2013 Trainer, “Summer Academy on Sustainability from an Intercultural Perspective”, Kultur University Istanbul, Turkey
02-04 Nov 2012 Trainer, AFS Turkey Volunteer Training on Global Citizenship and Intercultural Communication Ankara, Turkey
20-25 July 2011 Participant, Volunteer Summer Summit of European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal
16-19 June 2011 Facilitator, Organization for Intercultural Education Sending Programs Workshop II Mombasa, Kenya
19-21May 2011 Participant, Cultural Detective Facilitation Certification, by Dianne Hofner Saphiere and SIETAR Turkiye. Istanbul, Turkey
Apr 2011 - Trainer, European Federation for Intercultural Learning Pool of Trainers
08-11 Apr 2011 Facilitator, Organization for Intercultural Education Sending Programs Workshop Mombasa, Kenya
23-27 Feb 2011 Trainer, Training of Trainers Istanbul, Turkey
02-06 Nov 2010 Trainer, Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Training of Trainers Istanbul, Turkey
15-17 Sept 2010 Trainer, AFS Turkey Volunteer Development Workshop Istanbul, Turkey
11-16 Mar 2010 Participant, Youth Exchange and Study Training of Trainers Workshop Alexandria, VA, USA
21 Feb 2010 Participant, Total Quality Management Training and Workshop by Seçkin Consultancy Istanbul, Turkey
14 Nov 2009 Participant, Interview Techniques Training by Assess Group Istanbul, Turkey
01-04 Oct 2009 Trainer, Turkish Cultural Foundation/AFS/YES Fall 2010 National Volunteer Development Workshop. Istanbul, Turkey
02-08 Aug 2009 Supervisor and Trainer, Organization for Intercultural Education Alumni and Volunteer Training Camp Nairobi, Kenya
12-19 Jan 2009 Trainer, Organization for Intercultural Education Student Selection and Volunteer Training Camp Mombasa, Kenya
Mar 2007 Participant, ”Leadership Training Conference” sponsored by US State Department Washington DC, USA

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Educational pathway

I graduated from Beaver Dam High School, WI, USA in 2004, Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2011 and Galatasaray University in 2016. My undergraduate studies include Management and Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Development. In 2011, I was a scholarship student at the Summer Academy “Intercultural Experience” : Intercultural Project Management&Management of Multicultural Teamwork, by Dr. Petra Vogler and Prof. Nikola Hale in Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Currently, I have completed my master studies in Galatasaray University's Strategic Communication Management Department focusing on intercultural competence development

Nonformal educational experiences include Training of Trainers Workshop, Alexandria, VA, USA by ECA, Training of Trainers, Riva, İstanbul by AFS Turkey, membership of EFIL Pool of Trainers, participation to the Quality Assurance on Non-Formal Education, University on Youth and Development, Mollina, Spain by EYF and a qualification of ICL Program from AFS, Florence, Italy.

Fields of training expertise

  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (expert) Public Speaking
  • (intermediate) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (intermediate) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Social Media
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (advanced) Families
  • (advanced) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (advanced) Religious Youth Groups
  • (intermediate) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (beginner) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (advanced) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (advanced) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (advanced) Africa
  • (beginner) Asia
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (intermediate) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Global Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (beginner) North-North Cooperation
  • (beginner) North-South Co-operation
  • (intermediate) South East Europe

Other skills

Dance, Body Music and Creative Drama

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Turkish

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2017-01-09

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