Training Course on Intercultural Learning in Vienna, Austria

Deadline: 13 September 2013
Open to:  trainers, facilitators, youth workers from Youth in Action programme countries and neighboring partner countries
Venue: 20-25 October 2013 in Vienna, Austria


The Training Course “The melting iceberg – Learn to swim in the sea of diversity and ambiguity” will inspire you to look behind your understanding of culture and Intercultural Learning, experience what it means to be diversity conscious and reflect about your educational practice in regards to Intercultural Learning.

The first T-Kit on Intercultural Learning has been written 15 years ago and has influenced greatly educational practice in the field of non-formal learning and European youth work. An update of this T-Kit is currently been worked on.
SALTO Cultural Diversity in the UK has asked a group of experts to redefine intercultural competence; on the basis of this definition they made a research and produced a study on how intercultural competence is being addressed in Youth in Action projects.
In all the debates one aspect seems to be clear – the notion of “culture” and “Intercultural Learning” as applied in the practice of the European youth field is too static and fails to address important dimensions threatening social cohesion (such as social injustice, discrimination, power relations, ambiguous identities). What is an adequate response to these developments for the European Youth field – in particular for the educational practice? New concepts and approaches are being developed and explored – eg. diversity conscious approach or the concept of ambiguity and change. Both are inviting to change perspectives, see more dimensions (social justice, discrimination, power relations, ambiguous identities) and reflecting personal attitudes.

With this training course the organizer would like to provoke and inspire. They are not interested in teaching the ‘right’ way but stimulate critical reflection – about personal attitudes, educational approaches and political understandings:

The specific intentions are:

  1. Inspiring participants to look behind their understanding of culture and Intercultural Learning.
  2. Inviting participants to experience what it means to be diversity conscious and able to deal with ambiguity and change
  3. Providing participants the opportunity and space to critically review their educational practice when it comes to intercultural learning.


This project is financed by the Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project.

Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details. If you come from a country other than Programme Countries, please contact the host NA for further information about the financial details.


The expected participants are trainers, facilitators, youth workers with experience in planning and facilitating international activities in the Youth in Action context (training courses, youth exchanges) from Youth in Action programme countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Switzerland, Turkey, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Malta, Belgium and Slovak Republic) and Neighboring partner countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine). The participants should have been actively involved in designing the educational programme of the activities and wishing to critically review their understanding and practice of intercultural learning.


All interested applicants can apply online HERE. The selection will be done by the host of the training course, the Austrian National Agency for the Youth in Action programme together with the respective sending agencies of the selected participants.

For more information please review the official call. Deadline for applying is 13 September, 2013.

Contact PersonMarco Frimberger
Phone: +43-1-5867544-38

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