Intercultural Workshop

We are pleased to inform you about the international project of Klub Myśli Społecznej Inicjatywy carried out in collaboration with the Support Center for Public Initiatives (Russia), Initiative Mittel – und Osteuropa (Germany) and Junior Chamber International Ukraine (Ukraine).

Due to increasing number of ways non-governmental organizations from different countries cooperate with each other, it is an issue of great importance to give young activists tools that would enable them to work together.

The project contains a 7-day soft abilities training cycle which will take place in Poland. There will be 20 participants coming from four countries: Poland, Germany, Russia and Ukraine. The training involves such subjects as: intercultural integration, breaking the stereotypes, differences in the work and organizational culture, negotiations, organization of group work for multicultural participants, effective communication etc.

The main purpose of the training is the promotion of West and Middle-East Europe cooperation idea and cultural integration. It’s not enough to know about the political or legal system of another country. It’s the understanding of the culture and cultural differences what allows you to be efficient abroad. The participants will have an occasion to experience in vivo the cultural differences and their implications for team functioning. The participation of the representatives of four countries will enable the active experience exchange.

The training will take place in Kazimierz Dolny (Poland) from 19th to 25th of April . It will be led in English with the use of such active methods as games, simulations, brain storming, case studies and particularly – with the use of group potential.

One of the purposes of the training is rising the soft abilities connected with negotiations, and communication. The participants will be encouraged to enter and hold the contact, as well as to create the net between the activists from Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine.

Identification and reduction of cooperation barriers (stereotypes, mutual attributions etc.) is crucial for enhancing the potential of NGOs and civil society.