Une Terre Culturelle is a Popular Education organisation that uses international and educational mobility as a tool for local development. In 2019, Une Terre Culturelle was awarded with the De Gaulle-Adenauer Prize for its work in consolidating French-German relations.

Une Terre Culturelle, what for?

Une Terre Culturelle is a project of sustainable human development based on reciprocal and continuous intercultural learning. The association develops projects and actions around the implementation of intercultural exchanges in direct link with local realities. These actions address various contemporary and interdependent themes such as education, social inclusion and ecology. These actions aim to develop the intercultural sensitivity of the public. The participants in our projects come from a wide social mix and are often persons with fewer opportunities for mobility.

Each participant, whether young with fewer opportunities for mobility, social worker, or professional in other fields, is thought of as an actor and actress in the society in which they evolve. By meeting each other, these people from a broad social mix trigger a process of civic growth, openness, and daily commitment.

All the actions of Une Terre Culturelle are rooted in social and local entrepreneurship. Mobility and encounters as a tool for development allow us to go beyond prejudice and help people discover other realities while initiating reflection on the links between each of them. By implementing these education for citizenship actions, Une Terre Culturelle contributes to the understanding of the interdependencies between environmental, social, economic, and cultural issues in our societies. This step is part of the process of learning about otherness and the emergence of a real tool for local and international solidarity.

Our history

The project “Une Terre Culturelle” (UTC) began in the Saint-Mauront Bellevue Social Center (Félix Pyat district) in Marseille in the early 90s. 

The Social Center provides social and facilitation missions for the inhabitants of the neighborhood. In 1992/1993, a project with young people from Portugal (Porto) marked the start of international exchanges. The goal was to support these young people in setting up the project and to work in particular on mobility and on the stigmatization the inhabitants of the neighborhood are victims of. This experiment is a success and leads to other exchanges.

The Une Terre Culturelle association was founded in 2002 and the exchanges developed by the Social Center ended in 2004. In the beginning, all the activities were carried out by volunteers. A group of actors and actresses and young people who had taken part in the first youth exchanges was gathered around the project. The association recruited its first employee in 2006.

The FGYO (Franco-German Office for Youth), a historical partner of the association, offered funding in 2010 to create a position of FGYO pedagogical permanent. The salaried team grew as the projects and the development of the activities progressed and reached 7 persons at the beginning of 2018.

018 is a turning point for the association with the acquisition of a place in the district of Sainte-Marthe in the 14th arrondissement of Marseille: the House of Intercultural and Voluntary Work, Maison IV. This place hosts the salaried team and is above all a House of youth exchanges, a place of resources and life of intercultural exchanges.

Our objectives

international mobility of youth

International mobility is a real tool for social and local development and professional integration for everyone.

Professional integration

Starting from educational mobility, the major objective is the integration of youth around a learning process and the development of interpersonal, social, intercultural and professional skills.

Intercultural learning

The association's projects are based on a unique pedagogy around the meeting of cultures, the enhancement of identities, intercultural dialogue, and mutual respect.

Our action

The association’s projects are based on a unique pedagogy around the meeting of cultures, the enhancement of identities, intercultural dialogue, and mutual respect.

Une Terre Culturelle organizes international encounters for youth with fewer opportunities for mobility and is developing an intercultural learning training course for field actors and actresses in the socio-educational and cultural field.

Also, it offers various internships and volunteering missions taking place both locally and internationally in the framework of the French Civic Service (Civic Volunteer Service, International Civic Volunteer Service, French-German Volunteer) and the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) to about 150 youths per year.

In Marseille, all these actions and projects have been taking place since April 2018 at the House of Intercultural and Voluntary Work (4 Chemin des Bessons, 13014 Marseille). The Maison IV is an open French-German and Euro-Mediterranean space for sharing and exchange, regularly reinventing itself.

The projects carried out since 1993 thanks to the support of the French-German Youth Office (FGYO) and European programs have encouraged, during the creation of the association Une Terre Culturelle in 2002, to produce actions based on stable and quality local and international partnerships.

Learning about each other, getting to know ourselves in order to know the other better. 

For each meeting, our programs are built around a basic architecture and include:

  • Contact, communication and group cohesion exercises.
  • Deciphering and decoding methods, intercultural exercises promoting the knowledge of one’s cultural environment and the culture of the Other.
  • Language exercises and games to promote the participants’ awareness of learning other languages.
  • Debates and meetings with local actors and actresses.

Our team

Rafik Mousli

Directeur

Daniel Becker

Directeur adjoint Pangera e.V

Janina Chetty

Directrice Adjointe. Coordinatrice MoCo

Marlie Peirat

Coordinatrice projet Mobilité Individuelle

David Diancourt

Chargé de projets transversal

Killian Lucas

Administration et comptabilité

Sophia Slimani

Chargée de projet MoIN

Fanny David

Chargée de projet MoIn

Julie Poteloin

Chargée de projets MoCo

Kristina Graf

Chargée de projet dans le cadre du programme travailler chez le partenaire OFAJ

Eleonor Bouttard

Volontaire Service Civique

Valentina ok

Valentina Jochim

Volontaire CES

Qusay Quadi

Volontaire CES

ichrak ok

Ichrak Mchaalia

Volontaire CES

Lars Ebeling

Lars Ebeling

Volontaire CES

Fatiha Yagoub

assistante administrative et comptable en alternance

House of Interculturality and Volunteering

Since April 2018, Maison IV, located at 4 Chemin des Bessons in the 14th district of Marseille, has been the home of an ambitious and innovative project in a unique space.

About twenty people develop actions around educational mobility: local and international volunteering and internships, inter-neighborhood events, and international exchanges of youth and social workers.

The relationships developed locally encourage the emergence of all types of activities or events with a transnational dimension. They support the efforts of all the actors and actresses in dealing with social and economic integration obstacles by using intercultural learning methods as resources.

This participatory project of collective utility favors a better articulation of the initiatives of accompaniment and support for the creation of diverse international activities: exchanges, international discussion groups, thematic trainings (intercultural animation, social work, diversity, participation, environment, ecology, professional integration, citizenship, fight against exclusions, ...) with the help of various formats that imply individual and/or collective mobility.

PANGERA e.V. Berlin

An initiative of German socio-educational actors and actresses, intercultural facilitators, German associative partners, and Une Terre Culturelle led to the creation of the Pangera association in Germany.

Since 2002, the organization Une Terre Culturelle has accompanied and supported many German partners and actors and actresses in the implementation, the preparation, the follow-up, the facilitation, and the evaluation of youth exchange projects and seminars. Due to the success of many projects in recent years, Une Terre Culturelle and this group of partners decided to found the association Pangera e.V. in Germany.

This creation did not only serve to formalize an existing networking. It is also a concrete strategy for overcoming obstacles to opening up international youth work to a more diverse target audience. The members of Pangera e.V. work together with Une Terre Culturelle to strengthen French-German cooperation and the concrete implementation of the strategy "Diversity and Participation" of the French-German Youth Office.

Partners

All the actions of Une Terre Culturelle are built on the basis of stable and quality local and international partnerships. Our partners in France and abroad welcome young volunteers in Civic service programs and participate in our projects. The complementarity of the structures, as well as the transversality of the actions and approaches allow a solid partnership network through quality actions.

Local partners

International partners

Become partner

Welcoming a local or international volunteer

The role of Une Terre Culturelle

Une Terre Culturelle will take care of the administrative tasks enabling you to welcome a volunteer within your structure.

The association sends you the applications and organises the interviews. When the selection is complete, it will sign the contract and answer the young person's questions about their status. Une Terre Culturelle is responsible for registering the volunteer for the PSC1 training course and offers them a small range of civic and citizenship training courses, ranging from a 2-day local training course on the theme of participation and diversity, to a multinational training course lasting several weeks on the theme of interculturality.

Finally, it participates in the smooth running of the mission by organising time for meetings and evaluation with the volunteer.

The missions carried out by the volunteers can be varied and adapted to the needs of the host organisation, but also and above all to the wishes of the young people, as they are there to learn as much as to give their energy.

It’s an opportunity for extra support in his team, the possibility of a fresh look at the internal workings and the chance to be able to exchange practices with someone from another culture and thus build bonds that sometimes last a lifetime.

It is also a way to open up to the world, to other cultures and to create new international partnerships. For the users of the host structures, the presence of volunteers is an enriching way to develop new activities carried out by the volunteer.

Organising an intercultural youth exchange

Une Terre Culturelle organises a large part of our intercultural youth exchanges with local and international partners: social centres, associations, socio-educational structures, etc. Intercultural youth exchange projects are co-constructed by Une Terre Culturelle and its partners in order to develop a common project that encompasses the vision and desires of all partners. To this end, we organise regular meetings with all project partners throughout the project.

The association takes care of the administrative tasks and the logistical organisation of the exchanges. The partners are involved in the "recruitment" of young people and are fully involved in the development of the programme and activities, as well as in the evaluation and promotion of the project to the public. Their knowledge of the field and of young people is essential in the construction and development of the project.

Discover intercultural exchanges on our blog . If you are interested in a partnership with us, you can write to us at info@uneterreculturelle.org. Our youth exchange projects are supported by the French-German Youth Office and the European program Erasmus +.

They support us

Support us

How can you support us?

It's easy - make a donation!

Une Terre Culturelle is eligible for patronage and can issue a donation receipt.

Whether you are a participant who has enjoyed an unforgettable educational mobility experience over the last 25 years, whether you have been following the association's actions with a benevolent eye for some time or whether you have just discovered Une Terre Culturelle - your support is precious.

For individuals :

You can make a donation entitling you to a tax reduction of 66% of the amount paid, up to a limit of 20% of the taxable income.

By supporting our association, you contribute to the development and socio-professional integration of young participants with fewer opportunities for mobility, to promote the fight against discrimination and prejudice and to support the rapprochement of Euro-Mediterranean citizens.

For companies :

You are entitled to a corporate tax reduction of 60% of the amounts committed in cash, in kind or in skills, up to a limit of 0.5% of turnover.

Your support does not have to be financial, you can also choose to volunteer for a specific task or provide a particular service, for example in connection with the training of our team, the renovation of Maison IV, etc.

Why not make one or more of your employees available to the association? Participating in voluntary work on their working time will increase their motivation and professional well-being. Working directly to have a positive impact on society is meaningful and therefore fulfilling.

Become a volunteer

Volunteering at Une Terre Culturelle

A social and societal commitment that makes you feel useful and develops your intercultural skills.

There are as many volunteer missions as there are volunteers, each path is unique, adapted to each person's skills and expectations.

Some volunteers from Une Terre Culturelle run gardening workshops with the volunteers at Maison IV, others support the communications sector in organising events, accompany foreign volunteers in their procedures on their arrival in Marseille and others give the public the benefit of their language skills during events.