Intercultural Competences Learning workshop 24 & 25 October online

Intercultural Learning Workshop

This online training workshop is an introduction into intercultural learning, helping the participants to navigate intercultural encounters. In the first session, we will reflect about ourselves, our identity and values, as self-awareness is a key competence for good communication. We will also reflect on stereotypes, how to be aware of them and how to deal with them. In the second session, we will explore the relation between us and other(s), reflect on and experience intercultural encounter and give you tools on how to make these encounters easier to navigate.

The workshop will foster curiosity and openness towards diversity and tolerance of ambiguity. It will help the participants to develop skills in empathy, critical thinking and how to deal with conflicts.  

This workshop covers:

  • introduction to the concept of intercultural competences
  • introduction of concepts of culture
  • introduction in basics of communication
  • discovering one’s own identity, and their identity in relation to others
  • understanding diversity and feeling its effects
  • dismantling of stereotypes
  • reflecting on and experiencing intercultural encounters

Participants will experience:

  • a balance between theory and practical exercises
  • an interactive workshop facilitated by two experienced facilitators
  • space for peer learning among each other


Day 1: My Identity

The first session will provide a short introduction into concepts of culture, communication, and intercultural competences. In practical exercises we will reflect on our own values and what shaped us to gain one of the key intercultural competences: self-awareness. We will also reflect on stereotypes, how to be aware of them and how stereotyping effects the ones experiencing it.

Day 2: Me and Others

The second session will explore the relation of us to others, being aware of our own values and identities and those of the ones we are interacting with. We will reflect upon intercultural encounters and experience one in a playful way. There we will develop skills like empathy and how to deal with conflicts in intercultural encounters.


  • member or alumni of the Anna Lindh Foundation
  • working in an international and/or intercultural setting
  • want to increase your knowledge about and understanding of intercultural communication
  • want to listen to and share ideas about diversity, culture and intercultural encounters 

When: Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October 2022 at 09.00 - 11.30 CET

Language: English

You can apply until 18 October. 


The training is designed and will be led by the ALF network member, MitOst (Berlin). Horizontal School is the training academy of MitOst supporting active citizens to co-create and act in a democratic, participatory, sustainable, and resilient way. 


Marischa Weiser

Marischa is passionate about building communities, enabling co-creation, developing and applying methods to create social change in our societies. She is a coordinator, community builder and facilitator at MitOst, working in the field of culture and citizenship education. At horizontal school, she enjoys working with facilitators who spark new ideas, and building new connections between people and organizations to grow a community based on peer learning.

Sebile Yapici

Sebile is the head of the program “Intercultural Teacher Training in China” at commit gGmbh by MitOst in Berlin.

She experiences and facilitates intercultural encounters since 20 years in different ways: having a bicultural background and having lived in six different countries, working as a long-term volunteer as a trainer of intercultural learning at AFS Intercultural Programs, as a researcher of Central Asian migrant communities in the US and as a certified trainer and coach of intercultural competences. She is passionate about (empathic) communication as the most important skill for any relationship.

For more information/questions, please contact Rasha Shaaban, ALF network coordinator.

This event is organised thanks to the support of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.