Youth Intercultural Training
Skilling young people to do social cohesion with kindness & curiosity
Culture is the vehicle by which we are able and capable of getting to know each other and build vibrant societal relationships. Intercultural scripts inform the way we live, from the moment we get out of bed in the morning to the time we switch off the light at night. They influence how we work and relate to others. In our attempt to get along with other people, we tend to minimize or exaggerate Intercultural differences and we interpret each other’s thoughts, beliefs and behaviours through the narrow prism of our own culture(s). It is important to be aware of Intercultural differences and our own reaction to difference to reduce the likelihood of unconscious incompetence.
Cross cultural differences exist in leadership styles, creativity and innovation, contribution in groups and to society, social interaction and connection, communication styles, how people perceive their individual self and themselves in the context of others, what people pay attention to in meetings, decision making processes, perception and value of time, parenting and partnering.
“Intercultural competence is a commitment to engage respectfully with people of other cultures. A commitment to Intercultural competence is the beginning of an ongoing process that requires motivation and a willingness to improve cross cultural communication and practice in both individuals and organisations” (Walker & Son, 2010)
Intercultural competence in young people involves being able to understand themselves and their own ability to feel comfortable to ‘do difference’. An inability to see difference as ‘a bad thing’ leads to doing difference that looks like racism, but doing difference can also lead to doing curiosity and kindness, the latter building social cohesion.
All too often minority groups in our society are scapegoated for not integrating or not being Australian enough, but this negates the responsibility for majority groups to do difference well and to play their part in creating and maintaining a socially cohesive society. Similar to the development of a child’s social skills, we cannot assume that young people are born knowing how to do difference and cultivate relationships with other young people of diverse backgrounds. When people have advanced interpersonal skills, they are more likely to experience success, become employed and enjoy vibrant relationships. When young people advance their Intercultural skills, their ability to create and maintain vibrant & diverse or Intercultural relationships is fostered leading to social cohesion and to a reduction in anti-social cohesion behaviours such as prejudice, discrimination and racism.
Intercultural training is not a learning framework for learning about the ‘other’, it is learning about ourselves and our ability to form and maintain a cohesive relationship with ‘another’.
This is a 1,2 and 3 day program.
Student groups of 20 are ideal.
For enquiries about Intercultural training for young people, tertiary students or staff in your organisation, please contact the clinic and ask to be put in contact with the Managing Director, Monique Toohey.