The Handbook covers the main outputs of the project on how to tackle loneliness through and in combination with intercultural dialogue.

It is developed with the aim to provide a learning resource for trainers, support staff, volunteers and community workers. The project provided us with new techniques, new ideas and new methodology with the objective of achieving higher levels of engagement and learning. The Handbook covers all these elements providing a resource for all trainers active in this field.

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Training Modules

In our training, we train migrants to become Community Educators. In five Modules participants learn to reflect on their community and about culture and intercultural dialogue as they are becoming step by step more prepared for their role. Equipped with presentation skills they can get active forming Knowledge Parties to start intercultural dialogue including loneliness

Module 1: Introduction: What is a Community Educator?

This module has the function to introduce the participants to the course content covered in the following 4 modules and to define the role of the Community Educator.

In the first part the main emphasis lies on the definition of what is a community and what is Community Education work in general. Secondly, it explains the role and function of a Community Educator and the required skills and competences necessary to interact in this role. One activity covers the personal motivation of the participants. The argument of loneliness and possible strategies to overcome are also part of this module.

Module 2: Introduction to Culture and Cultural Sharing. How to share my culture

This module will explore how to identify culture, create a personal cultural map as well as explore the skill set of each learner within the framework of the personal cultural map. Opportunities for building confidence will be embedded throughout the module.
In this module is a high emphasis set on introducing the theoretical basis of culture and connecting it to techniques for overcoming loneliness. It will provide an in-depth discussion on existing definitions of culture. The term will then be broken down and theorized as external culture and internal culture. Lastly, we will briefly touch on intercultural communication and its relevance to loneliness.

A background on external and internal objective aspects of a culture can foster greater understanding and allow for fewer misunderstandings in cross-cultural encounters. The knowledge discussed in this part of the theory part will then be transferred into practical activities in the second part.

The benefits of this module are that learners will have a clear understanding of what is culture, and will developing confidence in their own culture and achievements, leading to increased confidence.

Module 3: How to present my culture?

Culture is today a fundamental component in the quality of life of people, as well as an opportunity for development in social and economic terms. „Culture can be considered as the set of distinctive spiritual and material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or social group. This includes, in addition to arts and letters, lifestyles, fundamental rights, value systems, traditions and beliefs. Strengthening culture is the only way to participate from our own identity in the globalized world. Developing culture means giving people the tools to strengthen their values, understand the world they live in, take it on board and participate in changes.

Through this module participants will learn how to formulate the presentation and determine what resources they have to do it effectively.

Module 4: Presentation Skills to Engage an Audience

By this module we would like to teach participants giving inspiring and engaging presentations using different tools and methods, as well as handling stress and using body language. Some theory and techniques will be presented but the idea is to make it as much interactive as possible offering participants the opportunity to put the skills into practice). By providing participants with the basic knowledge on presentation techniques we would like to improve their confidence, which will later help them to easier connect with the local communities. The aim of this module is also to make the participants familiar with the concept of “knowledge parties”.

Module 5: Next Step as a Community Educator

Being a Community Educator means that you are someone who wants to share your knowledge, experience and culture with communities, companies and public sector. You can be anyone from any country, with any background who feels that you want to contribute to a better understanding of the benefits of diversity and as a part of that especially create awareness about the loneliness among many migrants/refugees that in many cases can be easy to prevent. During the other four modules we have given to the participants the tools to learn about how to approach, share and present. While in this module we want to give them the basic knowledge on how they are going to be using these skills to actually be able to charge for what they are contributing too.

The material and lectures will help boost participants skills so that when reaching out to businesses, public sector or NGOs they know how to sell their services, how to pitch it and what to charge for it.

Participants will be introduced to the theoretical knowledge about the business models and methods that we have chosen and practically how to use them. Always in relation to the topic of cultural awareness and support people facing loneliness.