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Towards an effective multicultural team
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Nowadays we have to be more tolerant towards diversity to work more effective together, to reach our goals, to understand each other’s values, to live in peace. Young people are one of the most sensitive part of our society, right after children. Youth might be both – very radical or very open to new cultures, friendly, cooperative and creative. It depends on the way how we treat the youth and how we can support them in their way of discovering this world and their own values, in learning about different cultures and the way to cooperate together. The new youth workers are facing these challenges and they need competences in:• team development, • inter-cultural communication, • be more aware of psychological aspects of processes what the team is going through, to become as an effective team, • be aware of barriers in teamwork and how to overcome them, • how to increase the commitment and the accountability of team members. Making the youth workers more aware of psychological processes in a multicultural team work using the methods "learning by doing" will help to learn how to build the trust, develop the commitment and how to resolve conflicts, to facilitate the collaboration among team members. This project is made in the way that the youth workers will develop teams by them self, will work on project ideas and at the same time will learn on psychological processes in team, exchange their experiences, analyze and develop methods for more effective work in teams.The aim of the project "Towards an effective multicultural team" is to improve the team working skills of youth workers in multicultural environment by using different informal education methods and to make the youth workers more aware on the processes in a multicultural team work. The objectives of the project are:- to support the youth workers to become more aware of team developing processes with an emphasis on multicultural international teams, especially if it consists from hard to reach young people-to discuss with the youth workers their experience in resolving the conflicts in teams and to learn the importance of conflicts in a team work, to apply different methods for manage conflicts in a team. -to experience the project phases together with the group during the training and to become more aware on tools which they can use to make projects in multicultural teams more successful and sustainable, working also afterwards in virtual teams.-to promote the idea of "Youth initiative" and to encourage the youth workers to share their ideas and develop international projects with multicultural teams in this field-to encourage the youth workers to learn from their mistakes and to encourage them to find the solutions if something goes in different way as planned before- to make the youth workers more aware about cultural differences; to support them to learn from different cultures and to find the ways of collaboration with people from different cultures.This project will help to reach following goal of Erasmus+ KA1 objectives: improve the level of key competences and skills like in social intelligence, cross cultural competency, collaboration in teams and virtual collaboration, their contribution to a cohesive society, in particular through increased opportunities for learning mobility and through strengthened cooperation between the different ngo.In this training course 37 participants will be involved, the age will be 18+. Also socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are willing to become as youth workers in the future, will be invited to take part in this project.During the training course the participants will learn more on processes in teamwork and different methods to work in multicultural teams, as well as they will work on development of project ideas and problem solutions for such topics as: youth initiative, transferring the values of our society to the hard to reach young people and integration of refugees/asylum seekers in our society. As well as they will become more aware on main phases in project management.During the project different energizers, group games, discussions, team building sessions, out-door activities and team coaching elements will be used to reach the objectives of the project and overall aim of the project.The participants will improve following competences: cultural awareness and expressions, learning to learn, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, The meeting games and cultural night will help the participants to raise the tolerance among each other and their culture, the prejudice will be removed, their willingness to make friendships will improve, thanks to the tolerance they will develop towards different cultures and beliefs, they will wish to establish inter cultural dialogue. This will feel that they are only one society in peace with each other. As a result of this adaptation the idea of long cooperation among the organizations will improve.
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