CrossCulture Fellows and Alumni

Re-frame Islam

Violent and dangerous? "Most of the images we see in media about Muslims are negative," says Nassim Hadj-benali, CCP alumnus and freelance artist from Algeria. His photo project "Re-Frame Islam" draws a different picture: portraits of Muslims from the USA and Germany whose smiling is contagious. The photos are exhibited at the German-American Institute in Tübingen (d.a.i.) until 20 April 2017.

"The role of the curious – thirsty for knowledge"

CCP-fellow Nora Schlebusch at the workshop in Stuttgart, February 2017 © ifa / Kuhnle

Each year, up to seven scholarships holders from Germany participate within the CrossCulture Programme. For two to three months, they work for an organization in one of the 35 partaking countries. Nora Schlebusch is one of them. In this interview she talks about feelings of home, self-empowerment and her role as European woman in Tunisia.

Prime Minister for a Day

Participants of the simulation game at the ifa-Gallery, Berlin © ifa/Petker

How does it feel to sit as a politician on the opposition benches? What voice and impact do minorities have? 20 fellows of the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) tackled these topics in a simulation game on 31 October 2016 at the ifa-Gallery Berlin.

Networking, Central Asian-style

Foto: Wienkötter/ifa

Premiere in Bishkek: On 6 September 2016, former scholarship holders came together for the first CrossCulture Programme (CCP) alumni meeting to be held in Central Asia. Dana Ritzmann, CCP alumna and facilitator from Germany, was part of it and writes about the meeting on

Crossing Borders - CCP celebrates its 10th anniversary

Photo: Bilal El Soussi

Crossing Borders - CCP celebrates its 10th anniversary

ifa |10 years of the CrossCulture Internships programme (CCP) - this was celebrated by alumni, partners and representatives of ifa on 3 December at the Stadtbad Oderberger in Berlin.

Jawaher Al-Wadei's report on Yemen

Photo: Jawaher Al-Wadei © ifa

After her CCP internship at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Jawaher Al-Wadei returned to her home town Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Political occurrences and upheavals happened in quick succession just after her return home in December 2014. Initially the Yemeni people suffered from internal conflicts, but now the security situation seriously deteriorated through an external military intervention. Jawaher reports from Sana’a about the current living conditions and her personal experiences.

Scholarship holders tell us their impressions of the CCP Workshop

Photo: Dominic Konrad
Photo: Dominic Konrad

A lot of informative input and a special experience in terms of culture exchange: Three participants of the CrossCulture Internship programme talk about their impressions and new ideas born from the CCP Workshop.

"We need new Salah El-Dines"

Photo: Tunislam
Photo: Tunislam

Major political and social revolutions or to day-to-day matters like family life and love - these are the topics that interest young people in Tunisia. As part of the "A'Slama" poetry slam project in Tunis, young Tunisians put pen to paper and tried their hand at composing their own texts – in German.

Tunisia's prospects: Free fall?

Photo: Johanna Sokoließ
Photo: Johanna Sokoließ

Three years after ousting its dictator Ben Ali, Tunisia finally has a constitution. But how has life changed for the country's population since the Arab Spring? Johanna Sokoließ from the ifa travelled to Tunis as part of a CrossCulture Praktikum. She spoke to Tunisians, who offered her a wealth of insights into life in their country.


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