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Cultures Crashing

The training activity took place
in Kokkola, Finland
organised by Villa Elba
15 - 23 January 2014
Reference person

Ritva Saarikettu

(project coordinator)
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Aims & objectives

The overall aim of the Training Course:
The aim was to analyse why some projects work and others don't. What could have been done differently? Learning from mistakes is possible when we first notice the mistake and admit that we made it. During this training course we will be analysing how to carry out a successful project. The world gets increasingly interconnected through globalization and individuals or different cultural backgrounds interact with each other in all spheres of life more intensively than before. This integration is increasingly exposing people to different values and ways of thinking and that's why cultural impacts cannot be avoided. The aim is to learn how to pay attention to cultural differences.

Learning objectives of the Training course were:
- To identify what are the cultural values individually and in European context. To identify personal cultural values.
- To be able to recognise intercultural learning in the everyday’ life. To be able to use and put learning styles, learning fields and competence development in practice in order to become aware of intercultural learning experiences and being able to adapt it into local and international youth work activities.
- To define what is cultural identity and how cultural identity can be influenced by the society. To identify own cultural identity and recognise the cultural differences between person and the society.
- Intercultural learning in practice: to explore different ways, methods and tools of intercultural learning in youth work realities.
- To explore ambiguity as part of intercultural learning experience in everyday life and how to handle feelings, emotions and reactions regarding to ambiguity by local and international youth work activities.
- To invent high - quality youth exchange projects on intercultural learning between EU countries according to the proposals of KA1 Mobility projects for young people and youth workers within Erasmus + programme.

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

36 youth workers from Finland, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro.
The trainers' team was composed from a Hungarian trainer, Mara Arvai and a Finnish trainer Antti Korhonen.

Training methods used & main activities

The methodology of the TC was built on the holistic approach of non- formal education. Experienced trainers’ team assessed the needs and expectations of participants and based on that to invent new, creative and participatory methods. The methodological order of the programme was: starting from the individual to arrive to the local and international levels. The phases were:
- individual assessment of cultural identity and reactions on ambiguity
- recognising cultural impact on individuals and cultural impact on local community;
- exploring cultural challenges within youth work activities locally and international level;
- collecting good practices to tackle cultural challenges locally and international level;
- inventing new youth exchange projects in order to put theories on intercultural learning into international youth work practice according to the proposals of KA1 Mobility projects for young people and youth workers within Erasmus + programme.
Working methods which can support to achieve our themes: lectures, simulation games, group work, panel discussions, field visits, etc.
Theoretical inputs:
- Iceberg model of intercultural learning;
- Kolb circle;
- Different learning styles;
- Competence;
- Theory of Ambiguity;
- Theories of intercultural learning;
- Project management of youth exchanges according to the proposals of KA1 Mobility projects for young people and youth workers within Erasmus + programme.
- Cooperation possibility between EU countries;
Practical inputs:
- Self – assessment regarding to cultural identity;
- Self – assessment regarding to ambiguity;
- Visit to good practices places in Kokkola regarding to successful cultural projects;
- Sharing good practices, tools and methods regarding to cultural challenges;
- Putting theories on intercultural learning into youth work realities;
- Inventing new high – quality youth exchange projects on intercultural learning between EU countries according to the proposals of KA1 Mobility projects for young people and youth workers within Erasmus + programme.

Outcomes of the activity

5 youth project ideas as youth exchanges, EVS and trainings were invented by participants according to the proposals of Erasmus + programme. 2 of them were submitted in the second deadline of KA1 Mobility projects for young people and youth workers in Hungary and in Portugal.
Participants had took part in an ongoing self - assessment process during the training seminar and made several steps of self - reflection. In their Youthpass certificate one of the key words was attitude change. The other most used expression was "developed and improved project management skills".

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

To define the aim, objectives, themes, planned methodology and preliminary programme of the training seminar.
To give support in the application writing process.
To give support to find appropriate partners to the project.
To prepare, run and evaluate the programme flow and the methods of the session according to the needs of participants with special focus on their competence development.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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