Une Terre Culturelle offers several types of training in cooperation with international partners: intercultural youth leader trainings certified by the FGYO and seminars for exchanging good practices.

Encouraging the emergence and development of youth projects

The team of Une Terre Culturelle, in collaboration with international, national and local partners, develops and runs training courses for future intercultural facilitators, as well as training seminars on the participation and diversity of civil society. They enable learners to exchange and discover working methods and pedagogies adapted to the context of intercultural youth encounters. Several international youth mobility projects have been created as a result of our various training seminars, but also thanks to the cooperation with structures that welcome volunteers.

Who is it for?

Our training courses and seminars for the exchange of ‘good practices’ are aimed at participants who work with young people in the socio-educational, social and cultural fields and who are interested in sharing and exchanging pedagogic methods used during intercultural encounters. The groups are generally composed of youth workers, social workers, members and volunteers of organisations, teachers, students and workers in the socio-educational and cultural fields.

We attach great importance to the discovery of cultures throughout languages and this is why, in all our projects, daily language activities are organised. Furthermore, during all the training courses and seminars we offer – as in every project of Une Terre Culturelle – interpreters who accompany the participants and ensure that they understand the activities. This system allows the groups to express themselves freely and without language obstacles.

Intercultural Youth Leader traniings

For several years now, the French-German Youth Office (FGYO) has been promoting French-German exchanges for young people coming from different backgrounds. This type of unit on otherness is fundamental in any identity-building process that aims to make everyone a citizen aware of his or her own determinisms and open to diversity.

The Intercultural Youth Leader trainings aim to provide tools and knowledge necessary to set up international and intercultural encounter projects for future local and international intercultural exchange facilitators, such as:

  • Pedagogical methods and tools specific to intercultural learning
  • Exercises and activities promoting the multilingual dimension
  • Simulation workshops of setting up international exchange projects

It is also a working and learning place that fosters the development of intercultural dialogue and sensitivity in a local context.

The training courses meet a common basis of criteria and contents for the award of FGYO’s Facilitator Certificate for intercultural youth meetings, which was drawn up by a working group made up of representatives of French and German youth organisations and the FGYO. Une Terre Culturelle was part of this working group and is still on the steering committee of the FGYO certification.

After an active and successful participation in the entire training course and the completion of a practical training course, the participant is awarded the certificate of intercultural youth leader by the French-German Youth Office, which attests to the acquisition of various competences and the ability to lead intercultural youth encounters.

Since 2020, it is possible to obtain the certificate for language facilitators under certain conditions, besides the certificate for intercultural facilitation. This training provides the facilitators skills enabling them to moderate language activities during a French-German youth meeting.

Who is it for?

The intercultural youth leader training courses are open to youth workers, facilitators and anyone interested in organising youth exchange projects: employees and volunteers of youth organisations, teachers, social workers, educators, students… who are at least 18 years old.

No linguistic skills in the language of the partner countries are required, as interpreters are translating during all the formal parts of the training.

Binational basic training

During this training, the following topics and exercises will be discussed:

  • Methods and exercises for intercultural learning, adapted to international and multilingual youth groups
  • Development, planning and implementation of the programme of an intercultural encounter and of the funding for international exchange projects
  • Raising awareness and discussing the intercultural learning, pedagogy and development of intercultural skills
  • The role of facilitators and the division of tasks within the team, requirements for the supervision of groups of young people with fewer access to mobility programmes
  • Raising awareness of legal frameworks for international youth work, French-German comparison
  • Group dynamic, community life
  • Raising awareness and discussing conflict management in youth exchanges
  • Evaluation and regulation methods
  • Linguistic exercises and enhancement of the multilingual dimension of youth exchanges


In addition, we discuss the necessary conditions for setting up a French-German or international exchange programme. During the meeting, the future facilitators will experience the intercultural exchange themselves. Each participant is thus in a real exchange situation and can directly implement what has been learned in this binational situation. The participants are encouraged to critically examine and discuss the proposed methods in order to apply it with different groups. They will also be able to take a step back from their own actions in intercultural situations. Through the interactive application of the methods and exercises, the future facilitators will be able to become aware of their own abilities and areas for improvement.

This basic training corresponds to the training standards for intercultural youth workers, which were developed jointly by the FGYO with German and French institutions. 

The training course is divided into 2 phases: 

  • a 7-day training phase in Germany
  • a 7-day training phase in France

In order to obtain the FGYO certification, participants must also complete an one-week internship. The training is structured according to modules developed in cooperation with the steering group for the basic training course of the FGYO. Participants can therefore start the training in any city. Since 2011, the training courses have been repeated every year in cooperation with our German partner.

For more information or to register, please contact us on +334 91 06 63 18 or by email at info@uneterreculturelle.org. You can also find more information on the website of the French-German Youth Office.

Quadrinational basic training

During this seminar, the following themes and exercises will be discussed:

  • To reflect on intercultural learning processes in relation to reciprocal youth exchanges through the exchange of experiences, meetings with local structures, discovery of projects
  • To know and understand other cultural values using interactive methods, exploiting participants’ experiences to bring out cultural specificities
  • To promote openness and to work on prejudices between participants, to develop their intercultural sensitivity by using intercultural learning methods that reveal different perceptions and interpretations
  • To discuss the motivations of participants to organise youth exchanges and the needs of their public
  • To discover or rediscover local socio-cultural, associative and economic realities through decoding methods
  • To compare the realities of youth work in the participants’ respective countries.
  • To get the tools to manage and lead an international and multilingual group of young people, to learn how to set up language activities in order to enhance the multilingual dimension of youth exchanges.
  • To simulate the design, planning and implementation of an intercultural encounter
  • To know the funding possibilities for international exchange projects
  • To discuss the role of facilitators and the distribution of tasks within the team, requirements for the supervision of groups of young people with fewer access to mobility programmes
  • Comparison of legal frameworks for international youth work in our different countries
  • Exercises in group dynamics, conflict awareness in youth exchanges and methods of evaluation and regulation
  • Language activities and promotion of the multilingual dimension of youth exchanges

The participants discover and discuss the conditions necessary to set up a binational, trinational or multinational exchange programme. During these encounters, the future leaders  experience the intercultural exchange themselves. Each participant is thus in a real exchange situation and can directly implement what has been learned in this international situation. Participants are encouraged to critically examine and discuss the proposed methods in order to then apply it to different groups. They will also be able to take a step back from their own actions in intercultural situations. Through the interactive application of the methods and exercises, future facilitators will become aware of their own abilities and areas for improvement.

This basic training corresponds to the training standards for intercultural youth workers, which were developed jointly by the FGYO and German and French institutions. 

The training is divided into 3 phases: 

  • a 7-day training phase in Germany
  • a 7-day training phase in France
  • a 7-day training phase in Morocco or Algeria 

In order to obtain the FGYO certification, participants must also complete a one-week internship. The training is structured according to modules developed in cooperation with the steering group for the basic training course of the FGYO. Participants can therefore start the training in any city.

For more information or to register, please contact us on +334 91 06 63 18 or by email at info@uneterreculturelle.org. You can also find more information on the website of the French-German Youth Office.

Seminars for the exchange of good practices

During these international seminars, the priority is given to the exchange of experiences and good practices. The local context provides an opportunity to discover social work and education facilities, and local projects around interculturality and youth in each partner country.

Other training courses focus on the discovery of creative tools, such as visualisation, audiovisual formats or forum-theatre methods as pedagogical means for joint work without language barriers, revealing cultural specificities and facilitating the creativity of participants with a multiplier effect.

"Diversity and Participation" Seminar

This seminar for the exchange of good practices aims to value diversity and promote the participation of all, and in particular to support young refugees and migrants to find their place in our societies. The aim is to understand and value the unique and multiple experiences of young refugees and to highlight their current movements in the public space, their participation in urban negotiations in diverse social spaces and to value their proposals and solutions in solidarity.

As a continuation of a cycle of seminars, the third phase of the seminar for the exchange of good practices entitled “Diversity and participation in the work with young refugees and migrants and their families” brings together social workers from Marseille (France), Berlin (Germany) and Diyarbakir (Turkey) and will take place in Marseille.

The variety of the profiles of the participants is the key to the success of a real seminar for the exchange of good practices. Since this project deals with the themes of diversity and participation in social work with disadvantaged populations, the participants are generally social workers or managers of social facilities (full-time, part-time or voluntary), social trainers, social mediators and anyone involved in social work with disadvantaged populations. The three national groups are different in terms of age, cultural and ethnic origin, and gender.

Conditions for participation :

  • To be interested and motivated for social work with disadvantaged people
  • To wish to learn new methods (intercultural learning, linguistic facilitations, working with multimedia tools, etc.).
  • To be ready and motivated to live an intercultural exchange project and to share with others
  • To be at least 18 years old and of legal age in your country of residence.
  • To be available for the entire training cycle
  • Experience in facilitation is an asset
  • Multiplier effect: coming as a representative of a structure or having a framework where one can apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the training course
  • Proximity to the target public
  • Administrative obligations (travel documents, etc.)
  • General knowledge of issues related to political refugees and migration flows
  • An experience in the field is desirable
  • To show the history of migrations and social conditions in Marseille, the current situation of refugees is the main topic of the interventions
  • Intercultural workshops and exercises focused on diversity, participation and inclusion
  • To get to know the social realities of Marseille through project visits of different social work structures and exchanges with experts
  • To promote intercultural mobility and international youth exchanges
  • To create long-term relationships in order to continue working after this seminar
  • To deepen knowledge about social work in the 3 project countries and the social situation on the ground. To develop a compilation of pedagogical methods that reinforce the work on diversity (linguistic / cultural / physical) in international and intercultural groups.

Find all the details about the training here

This project is supported by the French-German Youth Office and the European program Erasmus+.

The idea of this training cycle is to give the participants an understanding of the approach of the “Diversity” method and other intercultural methods. “Diversity” aims to promote and recognise the heterogeneity of identities, but also to work on the issues of power associated with it, and their interdependence. We wish to train the participants – through intercultural exercises – to empathy and professional understanding in this process.

Social work plays an important role in helping these people in our countries. From a legal point of view, however, social workers in Turkey do not play an important role in welcoming refugees, although it would be significant for these workers to play a more significant role. In this sense, international contacts, professional relations and exchange of experiences are of great importance in discussing how social work is legally anchored in the field of action in other countries and what the theoretical and practical aspects of social work are.

Formations civiques et citoyennes

  • Toutes nos formations valent formations civiques et citoyennes et des certificats de participation peuvent être délivrés.
  • Régulièrement, des formations civiques et citoyennes conçues spécialement pour les volontaires en service civique sont mises en place.