This new Summer Academy was an intercultural learning opportunity for young adults to develop an intercultural perspective and raise awareness for otherness prior to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. It was corporately organized by InterCultur (non-profit subsidiary of AFS Germany), AFS Brazil, and Universidade Positivo.
In our living and working environment more and more intercultural encounters are taking place. Hence, the ability to effectively communicate and deal with others in intercultural settings became a necessity. This Summer Academy complied with this need, bringing together participants, academic experts and experienced intercultural trainers from all over the world to work together on relevant topics in the field of intercultural management, communication, conflict resolution. The offered courses were: Intercultural Communication, Cross-Cultural Management, and Intercultural Conflict Management.
Due to the interculturalism the Summer Academy was being held in English.
The curriculum was created in cooperation of academic experts and experienced intercultural trainers. It included workshops and seminars on selected intercultural learning compounds, workshops and an attractive leisure program. For people with previous knowledge there were two courses for students who already had some academic knowledge of intercultural topics and one course for students without prior intercultural academic record.
The cultural diversity of the group was another important benefit of the Summer Academy – participants did not only talk about intercultural experience, they lived it and learn it everyday, in and outside the classroom! Furthermore they could network and deepen their intercultural skills.