”YMCA: Youth Mix Culture Adventure”

Training course on intercultural competence development of youth workers, youth leaders in order
to run local youth work activities and youth exchanges with involvement of refugees, migrants and foreign young people

02-10 December 2017, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania


Our training course is aimed at developing and improving the intercultural competences of youth workers, youth leaders in order to become able to prepare, run and evaluate high quality youth work activities according to the principles of intercultural education. We live in multicultural, cross-cultural and intercultural societies. Our local communities are not homogeneous anymore thanks to the free European mobility, the open borders and markets for European citizens, and hosting refugees and migrants from other parts of the world. It is not all the time easy to handle intercultural challenges, to understand the communication codes of different culturality young people, to treat appropriately diverse values, norms and schemes on intercultural behaviours, to face with stereotypes and prejudices coming from young people towards each other without really knowing what they are afraid of and why they become more and more xenophobic. Feeling in our skins, we need to improve our youth work competences through intercultural education in order to be able offering such types of youth work activities locally and European level where young people with different cultural background can cooperate together and handle their cultural diversity as added value of their common activities.

General objectives of the training course are:

  • ✓ to train youth workers, youth leaders to be able to work with different culturality young people, e.g. refugees, migrants, foreign kids or young people coming home from other countries and build up a successful intercultural team locally and European level
  • ✓ To recognise stereotypes, prejudices and prevent or stop social stigmatisation of young people with different cultural background. By using appropriate intercultural communication, being able to understand the communication and behavioural norms, schemes and forms of young people with different cultural background.

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