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Diversity has made me to the person I am

On my last birthday I received good wishes from Italy, Spain and Ireland. On the very same evening my friends who are from many different countries and cultures, who speak many different languages came over to visit. Friends from France, Finland, Poland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan and Estonia were there that...
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We are outspoken

People should be open to new experiences, make the best out of life, go explore new countries, learn new languages… But it is also important to be open towards other cultures and people that come to your home country. It is important to put yourself in somebody’s shoes and to...
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Cheering language learners

Have you ever experienced a culture shock? Actually, yes – in the US. I know the US is rather similar to Germany but despite that it is somehow different. The people are different… it is very superficial. I asked myself if I should say something at all about myself in a...
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3 ways to gain control of intercultural clashes

Have you ever lived in a country where time and again you rubbed against the local way of living and behaving? Where you thought that you could never really feel at home? And where maybe you even experienced a bit of scorn against this country and its people? This is...
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Intercultural Week in Bonn kicks off with HIPPY

The presentation of the HIPPY (Home Interaction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters) House-Visit pilot programme kicked off the Intercultural Week 2014 in Bonn. Pedagogue Barbara Schlüter, together with her team, welcomed interested parents and pre-school coordinators at the MIGRApolis Haus, where the materials and details about the programme were at...
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Intercultural week in Bonn

This year, the ‘Intercultural Week’ will take place between September 15 and October 3rd, 2014 in Bonn. Under the motto ‘Finding commonalities, celebrating differences’, the event, which is now in its 37th year, will be celebrated throughout Germany. 
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Bored without international flare

My name is Inge and I am German from Cologne. Actually, Cologne and Nairobi are the places where I feel home. I used to be a foreign correspondent and lived in various countries like Scandinavia, Japan and Kenya. I was a promoter of my country abroad, I was very German,...
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Gap in understanding

My name is Mariana and I am a student in Cologne. Originally I come from Lviv, Ukraine where the supporters of Bandera are! I’d like to say that Stepan Bandera was a fighter for the Ukrainian independence, our rights, traditions and the nation. There is a huge gap in understanding...
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Blinding stereotypes

Any stereotype can be dismantled simply through getting to know the people as individuals. And they will tell you how typical Russian, Italian or German they are, but if we are not careful enough, stereotypes can very quickly become a negative thing. And it blinds us rather than opens our eyes....