PARTICIPANTS

” It is quite interesting to realize that although we are from different countries, we grown up in different cultures we both have similar stories. I feel connected. “

“The cultural exchanges have made me understand that the majority of people are kind and pleasant. We have to overcome the fear of first contact.”

“The people I met, Armenian people who were in touch with Turkish people, where much more positive about Turkey. The unknown creates hate, fear and worries. In comparison connection creates trust, friendship and much more…”

“Although bad things happen we have to think about them and discover if there is a way to diminish negative and biased opinions”

“I experienced old Anti-German-stereotypes during my stay in France a few years back, from young people unexpectedly. I thought this kind of hatred heritage of the two world wars and of a long-lasting animosity between French and German had disappeared and was shocked to see it still present in younger generations.”

“Through these exchanges I meet people, I communicate with them, I discover them. This program is really something important for me between discovery, travel, learning, meeting…”

“Although you are influenced by the culture you were born into, personal values and characteristics can be independent from the cultural context.”

“I am now more confident and comfortable to talk with people and get along well with them regardless of our different world views and backgrounds.”

“While experience of interculturalism we learn that the privileges we have in a certain place can turn into disadvantages and discrimination in an other place.”

“I experienced old Anti-German-stereotypes during my stay in France a few years back, from young people unexpectedly. I thought this kind of hatred heritage of the two world wars and of a long-lasting animosity between French and German had disappeared and was shocked to see it still present in younger generations.”