Erfahrungsberichte

2015 |2014 | 2013 | 2012 | frühere Jahrgänge

Von interkulturellen Begegnungen im Alltag und in der Arbeitswelt, über Herausforderungen und Chancen, bis hin zu Zukunftsplänen und Wünschen. Am Ende ihres Auslandsaufenthaltes berichten ehemalige CrossCulture Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten über ihre gesammelten Erfahrungen. Dabei handelt es sich stets um subjektive Meinungen und Erfahrungen. Diese entsprechen nicht zwangsläufig den Positionen des ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).

Die Berichte der CrossCulture Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten liegen nur in englischer Sprache vor.

Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten 2016

Medien & Kultur

"As I headed out of the country, every box on that list of expectations had been ticked."

Politik & Gesellschaft

"For me, I found the work talks, which are called Arbeitsgespräche in German, the most important meetings."

Menschenrechte & Frieden

"When I heard the kids claiming that peer mediation is one of the best experiences they ever had, it gave me the feeling of doing the right thing."

Medien & Kultur

"This country and the people helped me to become more creative and confident, and gave me a forward-looking attitude to work."

Politik & Gesellschaft

"In Germany, there is no plan B, but plan A is always perfect."

Medien & Kultur

"I can take a few ideas with me to Saudi Arabia and I can also give ideas back to Germany from Saudi Arabia - this is what I call intercultural exchange."

Politik & Gesellschaft

"Taking all the experience that I got within the 2 months, I can say that I now feel more professional and confident leading my current activities and searching for new projects ideas."

Menschenrechte & Frieden 

"We established a women’s club twice a week, where we talked about difficulties and opportunities for women refugees in German society."

Medien & Kultur

"It was a good motivation for me to rethink my lifestyle and future career development."

Politik & Gesellschaft

"The internship in Germany has given me some ideas to contribute to the development of our University and the city of Tokmok."

Medien & Kultur

"I made a lot of great experiences and merging into this culture and rhythm of life lets me take a lot of positive energy back to Germany."

Politik & Gesellschaft

"During my stay in Berlin, a new project idea was born due to several contacts. It will be a long-term project on cultural participation and citizens’ active engagement."

Menschenrechte & Frieden

"Wind turbines represent the good sides of this country to me: progress, responsibility, nature protection and sustainability."

Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten 2015

Kunst & Kultur

"I met so many people and made new friends from Germany and around the world."

Wissensgesellschaft & Bildung

"I will use all of my new gained experiences and imply it in my home organization. I believe it will cause a great maturation and development."

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"I had immediately the feeling that I am a very special guest and felt most welcome."

Medien

"I consider myself very lucky to have been accepted in the CCP and that I have followed my intuition."

Gesundheit & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"CCP gave me new international working experience and unforgettable priceless experiences in Europe."

Umwelt

"I am quite sure that what I have learnt in Germany will help me to have a better impact on changing people's behavior towards the environment.."

Medien

"One should keep in mind that in order to survive and to keep the world alive, it is incumbent upon us to start sharing healthy and positive interactions so that this world is connected for better."

Kunst & Kultur

"I see this internship as a stepping stone into my further engagement with this region."

Christopher Voss

Umwelt

"This network is a source of knowledge and insights gained in mutual exchange. Returning to Germany I am looking forward to share the experiences and insights with friends and family."
 
Mai Abdulwahab, CCP-Stipendiatin 2015 © ifa/Abdulwahab

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"I would call the CCP internships programme a turning point in respect to living outside my regular environment, or as what most people call it, comfort zone."

Asma Ali, CCP-Stipendiatin 2015 © ifa/Ali

Medien

"I am very much optimistic that this experience will help me in boosting my career, because it has awarded me with so many worthy skill, which I think I couldn’t have learnd here in Pakistan."
 
Rawan Baybars, CCP-Stipendiatin 2015 © ifa/Borrs

Menschenrechte, Migration und Flüchtlinge

"From the heart of Bavaria - I say "Servus" as an Orthodox young Muslim!”
Mkrtich Dallakyan, CCP-Stipendiat 2015 © ifa/Borrs

Politische Bildung & Jugendpartizipation

"For me the CrossCulture Internship in Berlin with Kreisau-Initiative e.V. was an experience of a lifetime, a changing point for many things about which I was thinking differently before.”
Syeda Nasrin, CCP-Stipendiatin 2015 © ifa

Rechtsdialog, Justiz & Menschenrechte

"During my stay, I attended more than 30 political talks, meetings, demonstrations and conferences.”
Aynur Salmanova, CCP-Stipendiatin 2015 © ifa/Salmanova

Menschenrechte, Migration und Flüchtlinge

"Sometimes two months seem too short in order to change a person. Of course, physically it is a short time. However, for me it was an essential time for personal growth. I made up my mind about my future plans, what I wish to do and how.”

Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten 2014

Munira Karamkhudoeva, CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 © ifa/Karamkhudoeva

Umwelt

"As a Biologist/Entomologist I was with the   Department of Phytomedicine. I  focused on mites and whitefly. I learned different approaches with new technology in entomology.”
Radi Dahan, CCP-Stipendiat 2014 © ifa/Dahan

Medien

"I believe the radio station TIDE was the perfect place for me to get an inside look on how German radios work. My experience is something that will change my organization Tripoli FM to a better radio station.”
© ifa/Ruff

Kunst & Kultur

"The thing I benefitted most from during my stay probably was the multitude of new, unexpected impressions I was able to gather and will certainly use in my work in the future.”
Haya Al-Saada, CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 © ifa/Al-Saada

Kunst & Kultur

"The Cross Culture Internship Program has afforded me the opportunity to experience a new culture and working environment, not as a sightseer coming for a short visit but as a full-time intern working within a highly reputable cultural institute."
Mohamed Mohamed, CCP-Stipendiat 2014 © ifa/Atta Mohamed

Rechtsdialog, Justiz & Menschenrechte

"As my host organization Diakonie works with refugees, we arranged a festival for the refugees in cooperation with Caritas and the city administration in Mannheim and I was very happy to be part of such a great work."
Nassim Hadj-Benali, CCP-Stipendiat 2014 © ifa/Benali

Kunst & Kultur

"This opportunity added a lot to my professional experience, first as a photographer and then as a cultural manager. Despite the fact that it is a wonderful journey into the German culture that I did not know much about before."
Jenoos Gashasy, CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 ©ifa/Gashasy

Umwelt

"I did my best to explain my country, culture and people to my colleagues and also explain the history of forestry and forest management in Iran and the similarities and dissimilarities between Iranian and Bavarian forests."
© ifa/Lebelt

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"I was happy to see a connection between the methods used in trainings for young people in Jordan and the workshops of Education for Sustainable Development in Germany, though the contents are different."
Asma Abidi, CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 © ifa/Abidi

Medien

"My stay was focused on my professional internship; however, having a flexible position allowed me to be more interested in having a deep understanding of the national culture."
Rebekka Henschel, CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 © ifa/Henschel

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"I am often overwhelmed by the chaos and the sensations in Cairo, but at the same time I feel inspired. The colours of the fruit at the market, the architecture of the old buildings and the interesting faces of the people in the streets fascinate me every day."
Aynur Kenjaeva, CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 ©  ifa/Kenjaeva

Wissensgesellschaft & Bildung

"I've never seen as many talented and highly skilled young professionals as in the CCP workshop. Young people from different nationalities, cultures and ideologies gathered in one place with the main purpose to understand the history, culture and worldview of each other."
Umme-Farwa Halepoto; CCP-Stipendiat 2014 © ifa/Halepoto

Rechtsdialog, Justiz & Menschenrechte

"I admired gender equality in Germany most; really there was no gender difference commonly seen. But, besides liberties, German women also have to face many challenges like women in Pakistan."
Jawaher Al-Wadei; CCP-Stipendiatin 2014 © ifa/Al-Wadei

Medien

"This internship was the best way to evaluate what I have learned in journalism in Yemen and what I need to learn more about professional journalistic work in Germany."
Abdelhaq Saddik; CCP-Stipendiat 2014

Wissensgesellschaft & Bildung

"I would like to say that having the chance to go to Germany was an adventure for me. At the beginning I was lost just as Alice in Wonderland was; however, as it was the same for Alice, it was just a question of time that all the challenges evaporated like water under the sun."
Pia Uçar; CCP-Stipendiatin 2014

Rechtsdialog, Justiz & Menschenrechte

"I liked Lahore a lot. I aim to share my observations of life in Pakistan with people and to motivate them to re-question the pictures they have in their heads when it comes to Pakistan."

Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten 2013

Tanja Reißer; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Internationale Politik & Politische Bildung

"I learnt a lot about differences and similarities, about stereotypes and prejudices inside the country and about the variety of cultural backgrounds, values and religions. It was a new experience to learn about that and to see the tolerance in the society, but also the limits and mutual borders."
Hanan Khaled; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"I became more aware of global justice and climate change effects. I learned how to fight poverty and climate issues with rising awareness. Educating children from an early age on such issues will absolutely make them more responsible human beings."
Meher Ghawas; CCP-Stipendiatin 2012

Internationale Politik & Politische Bildung

"Berlin, as a city, had always fascinated me from a historic perspective. However, once I was there, I realized that it had a beautiful artistic side to it as well."
Pascale Müller; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Medien & Film

"The fascination for Jordan and this region of the Middle East has only deepened since I arrived and it surely will grow more."
Nurzhan Beisembaev; CCP-Stipendiat 2013

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"One of the remarkable features about Germans is their politeness. They live as if following a simple motto 'I should not be an obstacle and should not create inconvenience to the others around me'."
Mogtaba Aamir; CCP-Stipendiat 2013

Medien & Film

"It was the last day of August, and I found that 'the Berliners' are enjoying their late summer nowadays. However I was still feeling cold, I eventually went to my apartment and tried to turn on the “Heating”, unfortunately it didn’t work. Not before October as I knew later."
Fatiha Djabour; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"Preparing for the panel discussion in Freiburg we talked about  experiences and the situation of working women in our home countries. I found out that the situation of women in Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan and Germany is similar; and so many efforts are needed to improve it."
Mustafa Al-Sufi; CCP-Stipendiat 2013

Internationale Politik & Politische Bildung

"I have to say that the first impression was three letters 'OMG'. Rather than my country everything looks calm, organized and graceful.”
Afifa Ltifi, CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Umwelt & Nachhaltigkeit

"Living in a border region was very symbolic for me. Every day I marvelled the way both Germany and Danemark managed to build a bridge between the two countries instead of fences or borders."
Ramze Ednut; CCP-Stipendiat 2013

Medien & Film

"In summation, I could say that I mostly use my time in Hamburg --up to three weeks-- was spending for reading, researching and adapting with the new culture, which these are very valuable experiences for me."
Katharina Wenzel; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Medien & Film

"In my home, a cosy little Riad in the heart of old Marrakech, called Medina. I have never lived under the clear blue sky - except for childhood camping experiences. Just around the corner of my Riad is my new working place, the office of the Marrakech Biennale. This festival celebrates Moroccan and International art in Marrakech every two years."
Dilbar Zevarova; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Umwelt & Nachhaltigkeit

"After the World War 2, Germany had to give reparation to Soviet Union. It was paid by timber and therefore the Eastern part of forests was almost cut down. In that time American Cherry seedlings were the cheapest one and the empty area was replanted with this tree."
Younas Alam Chowdry; CCP-Stipendiat 2013

Kunst & Kultur

"I suppose, as a South Asian man, it really hits you how ill-equipped you are when you are confronted with a situation where you need to take care of yourself. Thankfully, my mother started offering me recipes on skype and with some initial failures I am beginning to cook actual meals. I am super proud of myself."
Hadeer Hemdan; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Rechtsdialog & Menschenrechte

"What really surprised me was, when I found out how the team organizes the work within CSSP. They work as a team - no body is directing the other, this is something new for me, we don't have that kind of team work within my Home Organization in Egypt – El Arish Youth Center."
Mariyam Nizam; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Kunst & Kultur

"My colleagues are fascinated with the difference in cultures and we spend many a lunch break comparing social systems, architecture and language dynamics. For me it is interesting to understand why the system has helped create one of the greatest economies in the world today." 
Gunawan Widjaja; CCP-Stipendiat 2013

Kunst & Kultur

"This, this, this und alles klar. Cologne, especially the area where I stay (Körnerstrasse) is a nice neighborhood. Everyone seems to know each other. Until now, I have a lot of lunch and dinner, 2 birthday party, 2 garden party and hanging out at neighborhood bar. I enjoy the environment, something different from what I have in my mind."
Fatemeh Ahmadi Kamali; CCP-Stipendiatin 2013

Umwelt & Nachhaltigkeit

"I have been raised by my Iranian parents, with a majority of my family living or born outside of Iran. So, my life has been full of cross-cultural interactions. But it is different to go beyond your experienced environment and touch that which is foreign, personally."

Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten 2012

Amira Hegazy; CCP-Stipendiatin 2012

Wissensgesellschaft & Bildung

"My job in Stadtjugendring was such a big source of content to me because I could relate to the ifa team and the efforts they had spent to organize our trips, accommodation, and internships."
Gulsum Tadjitdinova; CCP-Stipendiatin 2012

Wirtschaft & Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

"Being one of the scholarship holders of CrossCulture Internships and living in Germany, many stereotypes were broken out and this country became a part of my personal life history as well as the place of acquiring unforgettable cultural and professional experience."
Mouna Ayari; CCP-Stipendiatin 2012

Umwelt & Nachhaltigkeit

"I was looking forward to having a new network, Check! Empathize my NGO’s working experience, Check! Gain knowledge about a new field, I am interested in, Check! And finally collect unforgettable memories, double check!"
Sabawoon Ahmadzai; CCP-Stipendiat 2012

Internationale Politik & Politische Bildung

"All the way from the start of my internship up to the end I tried my best to perform my tasks efficiently but I think sometimes it is a bit complicated when we enter a very new working environment."
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