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Toolbox - Intercultural Competences

The training activity took place
in Tindari, Messina
organised by EUducation Italy
Reference person

Mirella Muscari

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Aims & objectives

The project ‘Toolbox – Intercultural Competences’ aims to address the following NEEDS that the consortiums of 8 youth organizations active in the field of international youth work identified to be essential to them:
-the NEED to provide their youth workers who were involved so far in local, or national activities the opportunity to develop their competencies to work in international settings as participants, but also as youth workers delivering activities;
-the NEED to gain needed intercultural competencies, to increase their intercultural awareness enabling them to work with mix-cultural groups at the local, and national levels. At this moment, youth workers work mostly with groups that include young people coming from the same backgrounds. Their need is to develop their competencies to be able to deliver more quality activities for groups involving young people from diverse cultural backgrounds;
-the NEED to increase their capacities to create their own projects with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme. Youth workers are motivated to take work more actively with the Erasmus+ Programme, especially with youth exchanges, training courses and youth participation activities. They need to increase their understanding of the Programme and project management of youth projects.

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

30 youth workers representing North Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece and Latvia.

Training methods used & main activities

Non-Formal education methods and theoretical inputs with the following objectives:

-to raise knowledge of directly involved participants, youth workers, on several theoretical approaches to intercultural learning, including ‘Model of Intercultural Sensitivity’, ‘Dimensions’ of Cultures’;
-to develop skills to practically apply these approaches to their work with young people with the aim to increase their intercultural competencies and awareness;
-to analyze the challenges, and obstacles of delivering youth work activities in intercultural settings and to equip the participants with skills needed to address them;
-to provide the participants with an opportunity to experience tools, and methods, especially based on using creative writing and storytelling, and encourage them to apply these methods and tools to their work with young people and develop their intercultural competencies;
-to facilitate the exchange of good practices in the field of intercultural learning, development of intercultural competencies and awareness;
-to increase participant’s knowledge of the Erasmus+ Programme and to support the participants to develop new project ideas tackling the issues and elements of intercultural learning;
-to mainstream lessons learned on intercultural learning through visibility and dissemination activities targeting youth workers, and educators, not directly involved in the activity;
-to prepare 5 video tutorials carrying the lessons learned and targeting youth workers, and educators, not directly involved in the activity;
-to prepare a description of 8 activities, identified by the directly involved participants as the most useful in their learning process, and published them on the SALTO YOUTH website – TOOLBOX;

Outcomes of the activity

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team


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

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