Training on Intercultural Competences for ALF members on 31 May at 4-7 pm (EET)

31.05.2021 - 31.05.2021

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Piirros maapallosta, jonka ympärillä on eri väristen ihmisten käsiä. Maapallon taustalla vihreitä kasveja.

What is intercultural competence and how can you increase it? If you have ever wondered about this, the training is for you!

The training presents an introduction to intercultural competence. It will blend theoretical models with practical examples and storytelling, and it is structured around the six steps model of intercultural competence. Moreover, it combines lived experiences from Sweden, Germany and Tanzania.

The training is based on the assumption that ”you do not see the world as it is, you see it as you are”. The topics of migration, diversity, prejudice, value conflicts and human dignity are examined from the perspective of that assumption. Also the academic side of intercultural competence will be examined as well as research from different countries and universities. 

The three-hour online session consists of three parts, and it will be interactive combining a balance between lectures and discussions. In the end, the participants will have a better understanding of intercultural competence and new ideas to keep processing. The training aims to facilitate a space for reflection. 

The training is organized by the Finnish ALF network in cooperation with Samarbetsbolaget (SWE), and it will be delivered by the talented Patrick Gruczkun, who has long experience as intercultural project manager and education leader.

The training will be held in English on Zoom.

Training content

Intercultural competence, what it is and how we can increase it

Identity and migration

Culture and cultural differences, a concept with benefits and limitations

The danger of the single story, about stereotypes

Challenges in intercultural encounters, how to deal with them


Register to the training by 26 May by this form.

The training has place for 50 participants and is free of charge. If more people register, the members of the Anna Lindh Foundation networks will have a priority.

Vaaleahiuksinen mies, jolla on lyhyt parta ja sininen paita päällä.

About the Trainer – Patrick Gruczkun (Sweden)

Patrick is a freelance trainer on intercultural competence and conflict resolution. His company, Samarbetsbolaget, is a member of the Swedish network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Patrick has a long experience as intercultural project manager and education leader. He was in charge of the Anna Lindh Foundation network coordination for Sweden in 2011-2016.

Intercultural competence is the ability to function effectively across cultures, to communicate and cooperate with people from varying cultural backgrounds – at home or abroad. Intercultural competence is a valuable asset in an increasingly globalized world where we are more likely to interact with people from different cultures and countries who have been shaped by different values, beliefs and experiences. (source: Monash University)

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