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October 27th, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Culture "Shock" & Adaptation.     For Training Express' International Internship Program participants.  [Closed Workshop].
October 30, November 6, 13, & 20, 2017. Intercultural Understanding: Working on Diversity and Inclusion.  For teachers and administrators of Madrid's public and private primary and secondary schools. For more information and for registration click here on the CTIF Madrid Centro Website.

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Intercultural Understanding's Newsletter

The 2016-2017 academic year is showing great signs of growth and new opportunities.  During this term we've continued our services in easing arrival into and providing tools for adaptation to the local Spanish culture for study abroad students from the US, Northern Ireland, Belgium, as well as South Korea. We got a chance to work for two different Masters programs, and initiated training for teachers in Madrid public schools. This is a plentiful Spring and we're expecting a bountiful Summer too!

Read more here: Intercultural Understanding's Spring Newsletter


Past Events


Education - for Students


 

September 8th, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Introduction to Developing Cross-Cultural Competence. This workshop was offered in Spanish to the Middlebury College students in Madrid. [Closed Workshop].

September 4th, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Cultural Adaptation. Learning objectives for this workshop for Marist College students included identifying and being able to speak about issues around cultural transitions, recognizing our own role in effective cross-cultural interactions, meaning making and gaining understanding of Spanish communication styles, as well an overview of intercultural compentency and its uses. The workshop was delivered in English. [Closed Workshop].

September 3rd, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Cultural Adaptation. This workshop was offered in English to the  University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) students. [Closed Workshop].

March 29th, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Intercultural Competency in the Global Workplace. This interactive session covered information with experiential learning activities on the importance of intercultural competency development in Human Resources and Business. It was delivered in English as part of the Masters in Human Resources Management program at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. [Closed Workshop].

January 27th, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Developing Intercultural Competence while Abroad. This workshop in English was offered to Stetson University & Marist College in Madrid Fall 2016 program students.   [Closed Workshop].

January 24th, 2017. ¡Made it to Spain! This workshop was offered in collaboration with Be Madrid and was designed to offer study abroad students tools with which to reflect on upcoming cross-cultural interactions during their experiences living abroad. It included the use of Mindfulness and other Personal Leadership practices in order to make the most of living in a new culture.  [Open Workshop].

January 16th, 20th, 23rd, 30th & February 2nd, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshops: Building Intercultural Competence. This series of five workshops provided training in intercultural competence development to students from South Korea and Belgium participating on study abroad programs at the Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid.  [Closed Workshop].

January 10th, 2017. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Study Abroad, The IDI® and Intercultural Competency Development. This presentation gave an overview of intercultural competence development in study abroad. It was delivered in English to students while in Madrid on J-Term from the Masters in International Education Management program of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  [Closed Workshop].

December 14th, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Pre-Departure Orientation on Intercultural Competencies Development during Study Abroad. This workshop in Spanish will be offered to students departing for ERASMUS studies as well as Study Abroad in Latin America. [Closed Workshop for Universidad Camilo José Cela Students in Madrid].

October 19th, 2016.  Intercultural Topics Workshop: Meaning Making and Effective Communication Across Cultures, a Look at Spain. This workshop in English was offered to participants of the Integra Project as well as ERASMUS Program at Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid. The Integra Project allows refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Ukraine to continue their universitiy studies. [Closed Workshop].

September 23rd, 2016. Made it to Madrid! We co-organized with Be Madrid an interactive intercultural event to help newly arrived study abroad students adjust to life in Madrid. The event included the participation of Laura Rojas Marcos, a well-known psychologist who described psychological adjustment issues, Dr. Niko Mihoc who discussed the physical health issues relevant to the students, as well as Francisco López Tapia from the Instituto Cervantes who discussed how to increase linguistic competency with Spanish. Almendra Staffa-Healey gave a workshop on meaning making and intercultural communication, and also led participants through an exercise to envision themselves at their highest and best on their programs. [Open Workshop].

September 9th, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: The IDI® and Intercultural Competencies Develpment. This workshop in Spanish was offered to Middlebury College in Spain Fall 2016 program students. [Closed Workshop].

September 7th, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Meaning Making and Effective Communication Across Cultures. USA-Spain. This workshop in English was offered to the 2016-2017 Fulbright Commission Spain program scholars. The workshop covered issues relating to intercultural adaptation and techniques for better communication.   [Closed Workshop].

September 1st, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Developing Intercultural Competence while Abroad. This workshop in English was offered to Stetson University & Marist College in Madrid Fall 2016 program students.   [Closed Workshop].

April 6th, 2016. Making the Most of the Study Abroad Experience: Tools for Navigating Ambiguity and Intercultural Competency Development.   This workshop in Spanish was offered to Stanford University students in Madrid. In this workshop students used visioning in order to guide the development of learning outcomes for their time abroad.  [Closed Workshop].

March 8th, 2016. Effective Intercultural Communication in Spain. This workshop in English was offered to Boston University students in Madrid. [Closed Workshop].

January 21st, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Intercultural Adaptation, a Look at Spain. For Stetson University & Marist College Madrid spring 2016 program students. [Closed Workshop].

September 25th, 2015. Intercultural Topics Workshop in Spanish: An Introduction to Cross Cultural Bridging, a Look at Spain.    For Stanford University Madrid fall 2015 program students.  [Closed Workshop].

September 16th, 2015. Intercultural Topics Workshop: An Introduction to Cross Cultural Bridging, a Look at Spain. For Boston University Madrid fall 2015 program students.  [Closed Workshop].

September 9th, 2015. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Ethnicity, Religion and Gender, a Look at Spain. For the 2015-2016 Fulbright Commission Spain program scholars.  [Closed Workshop].

September 1st, 2015. Intercultural Topics Workshop: An Introduction to Cross Cultural Bridging, a Look at Spain. For Stetson University & Marist College Madrid fall 2015 program students.  [Closed Workshop].


Education - for Staff

December 15th, 2016, January 19th, February 9th & March 9th, 2017, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence as a Common Educational Practice in the Classroom. A four-part series offered through the continuing education department of the Community of Madrid Education Bureau (CTIF-Centro) to the teachers and administrators of the bilingual public primary school Carlos V. The objective of these workshops in Spanish was to introduce the practice of Mindfulness for personal use as well as its application in the classroom, with special attention to developing Emotional Intelligence.  [Closed Workshop].

September 16th, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Culture "Shock" & Adaptation.    For Training Express' International Internship Program participants.  [Closed Workshop].

February 19th, 2016. Students' Intercultural Adaptation while on Study Abroad.  This workshop in English was offered to staff and faculty of APUNE Programs at the Valencia General Meeting held at the Berklee College of Music. [Closed Workshop].

January 15th, 2016. Intercultural Topics Workshop: Culture "Shock" & Adaptation.  For Training Express' International Internship Program participants.  [Closed Workshop].


Not-for-Profits & Business

May 31st, 2017. Workshop for Families. This workshop in Spanish was offered to host families for the University of San Diego program in Madrid. The objectives included understanding the families' role in facilitating the students' intercultural competency development as well as gaining self knowledge in order to facilitate better cross-cultural understanding. [Closed Workshop for host families of the University of San Diego Madrid Program]. 

April 5th, 2017. Personal Leadership Workshop for Parents. This workshop in Spanish used Personal Leadership, Making a World of Difference methodology to reflect upon the coordination between how we aspire to show up at our hughest and best, and how we behave in our different everyday facets. [Closed Workshop for the Parents of CEIP Carlos V in Madrid]. 

November 23rd, 2016. Personal Leadership Workshop for Parents. This workshop in Spanish focussed on techniques to increase emotional intelligence and improve parenting. Beginning with a mindfulness exercise, participants will gain a sense of center to then explore how focusing and expanding emotions allow us to find creative ways in which to access inspiration in parenting. [Closed Workshop for the Parents of CEIP Carlos V in Madrid].

May 27th, 2016. Challenges and Opportunities for Parents and Educators of Cross-Cultural Kids. This workshop in Spanish was offered as part of SIETAR España Activities at the Espacio de Igualdad Hermanas Mirabal, of the Tetuán District of Madrid. Using Personal Leadership, Making a World of Difference® Methodology, participants defined what it means to raise CCKs and practiced ways in order to show up fully in their roles as parents, grandparents, and educators.  [Free Open Workshop for Parents and Teachers]

April 13th, 2016. HR English Practice - How to Select Candidates for International Relocation.  This HR breakfast workshop was offered in collaboration with The Practice Office in Madrid. Current research in the area of successful international relocation was presented and debated. [Open Workshop for Human Resources Staff]

April 8th, 2016. Challenges and Opportunities of Global Parenting.    This workshop in Spanish was offered to parents at Colegio Público Bilingüe Carlos V in Madrid. In the workshop parents practiced a mindfulness activity and created a vision of themselves at their highest and best using Personal Leadership. They then applied that work to current challenges they face as parents rasing children in a global world. [Closed Workshop]

January 28th, 2016. Meeting to discuss the issues that are relevant and of interest to families and educators of TCK and CCKs.  [Free Meeting for Parents and Teachers]

November 30th, 2015.  Intercultural Topics Workshop in English: Third Culture Kids and Cross Culture Kids, Development and Identity. Through the English Department at the Instituto Internacional in Madrid. [Free Open Workshop for Parents and Teachers]