This is a reference for Csenge Fazekas

Culture Act

The training activity took place
in Bennekom, the Netherlands
organised by SIW
Aug 14 and 21 (half days), Aug 30 - Sept 3 2021
Reference person

Rob van Leeuwen

(Co-trainer and organiser)
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Aims & objectives

To equip youth workers with improv theatre skills to facilitate cross-cultural communication. This project was a spin-off of a previous one focusing on performing arts for facilitation. Given how youth workers in this context face many intercultural teams and situations, there was a strong need amongst the organizations to create a project extending the activities to this topic as well.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The target were youth workers working in/with intercultural teams: many of them work with IVS. We had 19 participants from 6 countries present: France, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Germany, The Netherlands.

Training methods used & main activities

Non-formal education and lots of practical/experiential exercises, such as role-plays. We worked in different settings (together, in small groups, pairs) and the dynamics were very practice-oriented: on the 4th day participants were asked to come up with their own cross-cultural improv activities. Outside of the training we also had improv night and intercultural cooking nights to complement the activities with some informal (yet related) events too.

Outcomes of the activity

Based on the feedback the training was a success: everyone managed to participate actively (they all worked out different games they will be able to use), they fulfilled the goals set on the preparatory online sessions before the training and left with a strong new skillset.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

As a trainer I was responsible mainly to work out the facilitation block, however, we shared delivering across all the sessions, hence I was actively training for the whole duration of the course.

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Due to the safe environment creatd by and the interactive NFE methods used by the trainers, the participants were very successful in implementing and creating improv games to facilitate cross-cultural communication

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