Now during the programme’s 15th anniversary year, the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has posed new challenges to our work: The fellows’ temporary residencies with host organisations have had to be replaced by digital fellowships and intercultural trainings were conducted virtually; even the CCP anniversary celebration, including a panel discussion, film screenings, theatre production, and DJ set, was celebrated online with about 200 participants from all over the world.
The heart of the CrossCulture Programme is the ever-growing network of courageous, active and diverse participants from more than 40 countries hailing from the MENA region to Southeast Asia, Germany and Russia, and from the Eastern Partnership countries to Latin America (since 2020) and the Caribbean (beginning 2021 with Cuba and Haiti). There are more than 800 CCP alumni and 34 Country Representatives made up of former CCP fellows representing the programme in their own home countries and regions. In addition to that, the CCP was expanded to include the CCP Synergy and Alumni Mobility programmes in order to further strengthen the long-lasting civil society networks. As our global networks continue to grow, the CrossCulture Programme grows with them.
ifa's General Secretary Ronald Grätz, ifa staff, CCP alumni and a German host organisation describe what the programme means to them:
About CrossCulture Programme
The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) enables professionals and volunteers to look beyond their own cultural horizons! Every year, around 80 scholarship holders gain professional experience in the intercultural network in host organisations in Germany or in one of the over 35 partner countries. Through occupational stays abroad, the programme enables and promotes actors from the cultural, educational, scientific, artistic and medial sectors to work together. The goal of the CrossCulture Programme is to strengthen lasting civil society networks between Germany and countries across the globe.