Autumn has arrived and so have the Erasmus+ courses. We just finished the Sensitization training course (Course 33, you can read the description on our website) with 26 participants from all over Europe and below we share some comments from the evaluation form. They were a great group, very hard working and enthusiastic, well… as all our participants really.We look forward welcoming the next group next week already and then it will be intercultural- and outdoor education for kindergarten teachers.
• It was much better than expectations. I have been to courses before but they were not this 'hands on'
• I long to go back and implement what I have learned at my school
• I should say that you are both pioneers in what you are doing. You apply complex theories to practice and that’s what we want! Keep on
• The teaching methods were progressive, democratic and useful. Flexible and adaptable to students of all ages as well as adults
• The approach to the theme of the seminar was sincere and precise and I do believe that the attitude of the trainer shed a new and interesting light to it all. I found the activities to be very effective
• This was a very special week in my life which has changed a lot. I feel enriched by the course and by you two, by the feelings and challenging thoughts this week
• Everything that I have experienced this week will not only change the way I teach but also how I behave and think about others. It has really changed my life
• Gudrun is a professional. Everything she teaches is a combination of theoretical background and practice. Everything is tested that it works in practice and then it is taught - I liked that she never preached what is right and what is wrong
• I want more seminars like this now I am thinking more about anti racism and discrimination, how to recognise it and how to react
• During the course I thought often about my way of teaching and I realised that almost the subject is the focus of my lesson so after the course I really want to change my teaching and speak more often of the problems of my students
Our INAR, but... project is going wery well and with such great partners, Erasmus+ projects are a real plesure to work on.
We have now opened the INAR website, you can find it here: www.inar.is
We also have a fb site for the project which you can find here.
At the moment there are only information about the project on the website but as the support materials develop, they will be made avaliable on the website.
We have been very busy this spring with courses here in Iceland with participants from all over Europe, joining the different ICI courses. Last week we had a course in Germany for the Kommunale Integrationszentren (LaKI) in Dortmund and then we had a INAR, but ... meeting and training. You can reed more about the project on the INAR fb side.
We must think far in advance and so do you if you plan to apply for an Erasmus+ KA1 funding. That’s why we have already published our courses for 2018. We hope you find something you like there and we will see you here in Iceland on one of our courses!
You can find the overview of all courses 2017 and 2018 here
Even though all participants on all courses are invited to give feedback on the final day of the course, this is anonymous and paper based and focuses on the specifics of the course undertaken including accommodation, administration and course content. We also get a lot of individual feedback from enthusiastic participants who tell us that the ideas and methods that we are introducing and training “really work!” but we have never until now taken the step to make a thorough survey to find out how useful our training has been for the long run. That’s why we decided at the end of year 2016 to run an electronic survey seeking feedback post course. The survey was sent to all participants that joined our courses for the last 5 year which allows data to be gathered on the application of the methods and allows participants to feedback after practice and reflection. This second survey allows a degree of impact to be measured. From now on this will be part of ICI’s yearly report.
HERE you can see the main outcome of our survey.
InterCultural Iceland is delighted to announce that our bid for an Erasmus+ KA1 funding for the INAR, but ... project has been successful! INAR, but... stands for "I'm not a racist, but..."
The project aim is to reach adult learners who are resistant to anti-discrimination training by providing support & strategies for trainers who may avoid or ignore this group. Reaching these individuals with innovative, cooperative & no blame methodologies will lead to improvements in social and employment relations, offering an extension to the forms of training & education currently available. Individuals who fail to engage with anti-discrimination agendas in the workplace, in education or in wider society can be a catalyst for significant disruption, stress & ultimately costly reparation activities either directly or indirectly. Further, the impact on minority groups in all areas of social and public life is problematic and unjust.
The project partners
InterCultural Iceland, Reykjavík Iceland
Chancengleich in Europa e.V. Dortmund. Germany
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights. Glasgow. Scotland
Centrul Judetean de Resurse si Asistenta Educationala Vrancea. Focsani. Romania
In addition to data gathering and literature review of theory and practice in all participating countries we will produce materials for trainers which will be freely available via Amazon downloads. Training material will feature augmented reality visual materials. For wider use we will produce an information sharing activity for social media such as facebook and a video and handbook for trainers.
We are really looking forward to our cooperation and will share our process here as it happens!
This FREE evening workshop is for migrants who wish to consider starting their own business or organization in Iceland. Why for migrants? Migrants bring with them considerable knowledge, experience and new ideas from their home countries which may differ from the ones of Icelanders. The workshop has the aim to stimulate those extraordinary competences and give migrants the opportunity to use their ideas to start something new. The topics covered will be:
Researching and developing ideas, goal setting and planning, product development, market research and marketing, finance, promotion and sales techniques.
Understanding of the life and work of entrepreneurs
Insights into the world of business in Iceland and the basic methods of how to start and operate a business or non-profit project
The language of instruction will be Icelandic and English (basics in one of the languages necessary)
There is no charge for this workshop and only 20 applicants will be accepted. All participants have to agree to join all workshop days if they are accepted to the workshop. Application deadline is September 15th.
If you wish to register or have questions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please add to your registration: Full name, address, mobile number, nationality and ID (Kennitala).
Main trainer on the workshop is G. Ágúst Pétursson, specialist in entrepreneurship training.
If you want to hang up the flyer, you can get it here
Now our courses for 2017 have been published at last and we sure hope to see some of you here either next year or 2017. The deadline for application for Erasmus+ KA1 funding is on 2. February 2016. You can find more information about each course by placing the cursor over the link "Courses and education" on this website.
Here in Iceland we received 137 participants in year 2015 from 18 different European countries and below you can see some of the feedback that we got from them after the courses. We also gave several courses in other countries, mainly in Romania, which was also a very positive experience for us.
"The course will change my life as a teacher. My way of thinking." Eva from Sweden
"I agree, Eva. And the students appreciate it!" Kurt from Denmark
"The cooperative learning has become for me an excellent tool to work with the students. They were students who usually didn't work, most of them older than the usual students at these educational level. It was a group that no other teacher wanted to work with. So, it was an opportunity to use these methods to try to connect with them. And most of the time they worked. Indeed, when I finished the lessons with this group on February, they asked me to continue working with them." Sebastia from Spain
"I would like to thank you for everything. Today I tried some of the techniques in my classroom; they asked me to continue the lessons in this way. It really works, you know?
Keep on illuminating the teachers" - Eleni from Greece
"Dear Gudrun, Iceland was really an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much at your course, as a group we learned so much from each other. You showed us the beauty of Iceland, I hope to come back some day." Leen from Belgium
...and of course many many more warm words that we, the ICI team, are very very thankful for!
We consider ourselves very lucky to welcome our newest team member Cherry Hopton.
Cherry is a Sociologist, teacher and teacher trainer. She has worked in both the English and Scottish education system teaching mainly undergraduate students in the subjects sociology and criminology. She has worked for both the Scottish and English examining and awarding bodies as an examiner, verifier and author. In recent years she has engaged in a range of European research projects in the area of anti racism, co operative learning and intercultural education.
ICI team thanks you all for the good moments we had together this year and the years before and hopefully we will be able to cooperate on some interesting and important issues again in the future. We wish you all and your families a very happy 2015!