Competence – Seminars
In the seminars on intercultural competence we (mainly) train our volunteers. We always talk about the exact definition of intercultural competence and about the different characters of the various cultures, because there is almost no area of our society today in which we can do without the ability to work together to increase diversity. In doing so, we not only focus on the increasingly diverse society at our own doorstep, but also on working life.
The priority of the seminar is the training of the different intercultural competences. These include openness, tolerance and impartiality, but also the ability to be self-critical and to make adjustments. Above all, communicative skills are taught, such as empathy for the situation of others and the ability to deal with people skillfully. However, it is also important for us to deal consciously with our own cultural character, because intercultural competence also means knowing our own values, being able to self-reflect on them and remain true to them.
Because what intercultural competence does not mean is adopting foreign norms and behaviour at any price. It is about understanding each other and accepting the habits and values of the other and dealing with each other respectfully and appropriately as a result.
Another focus of the seminar is the interaction between the participants. The participants have the opportunity to ask all their questions and exchange ideas with each other.
The goal is clear:
We want to use people’s different experiences, views and values and create an understanding for each other through cooperation in the seminar. It is important for us to help the participants to find their way between different cultures in everyday life and to be able to mediate between the social groups with their cultural differences.
Contents of the seminar include:
- General differences between cultures
- Go’s and No Go’s of the different cultures
Comparison of the German and Arab cultures
- Religious aspects of intercultural competence
- Interaction between the genders
- Language style and communication behaviour