Intercultural Competency in Tandem

Workshops for refugees and volunteers to strengthen transcultural competency

Workshop in German and Arabic with refugees and volunteers (May 2017)

Workshops for refugees and volunteers

Volunteers and refugees come face to face, establish and forge relationships – this presents an opportunity for mutual enrichment, yet also a great challenge. Irritations can arise when people from different cultural backgrounds meet, which can make living and working together difficult. Negative emotions, as well as unreflective prejudices and assessments, can disrupt or even completely hinder constructive communication. Therefore, in order to discover and benefit from intercultural encounters, it is necessary to acquire a deeper understanding of the themes associated with Intercultural Communication.

The specific goal of the workshops run by fka – Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V. – in cooperation with Volute, an organization for intercultural education, is to make participants aware of their own culturally-conditioned tendencies and worldviews. Participants become aware of complex intercultural processes and receive guidance in developing the skills required to navigate culturally diverse situations. Models of intercultural communication as well as cross-cultural psychology serve as the basis for this workshop, with experienced-based learning fostered through self-assessment exercises and role-plays providing the practical knowledge needed for this topic.

Workshop with with Eritrean refugees and volunteers in Landau (Pfalz), December 2016

Workshop trainer Johannes Dümler from the Association for Experience-Oriented Intercultural Education (Verein für interkulturelle und erfahrungsorientierte Bildung)

Experienced trainers from Volute are supported by interpreters knowledgeable in the subject area. Throughout the workshop, these interpreters communicate the German contents in Arabic, Tigrinya, Somali, Farsi/Dari, and other languages. These bilingual workshops provide locals and refugees alike with the opportunity for collaborative learning and meaningful exchange.

Participation is free of charge.

View flyer of this offer as PDF (in German)

Out next workshop:

Interkulturelle Kompetenzen stärken – ein Workshop für Geflüchtete und Freiwillig Engagierte
09-10 June, 2018
Flüchtlingsunterkunft Pankow, Berlin-Pankow

More information (in German)


fka – Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V.
Rüppurrer Straße 56
76137 Karlsruhe
tel +49 721 964 948 96

Volute e.V.
Verein für interkulturelle und erfahrungsorientierte Bildung
Kellereistraße 5
67487 St. Martin
tel +49 6323 939 90 26