For more than ten years, ifa's CrossCulture Programme (CCP) has offered young professionals and volunteers the opportunity to gain several months of work experience in another cultural area. As a partner of the German Federal Foreign Office, ifa is committed to intercultural dialogue.
How and when can I apply?
CCP scholarships are announced at the end of each year. Participation in the programme requires a good command of the English language and intensive involvement in an organisation located in the home country. For more information please see FAQ.
Who is the target group of the programme?
The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) addresses dedicated people between the ages of 23 and 45 working in socially significant institutions and organisations. For two to three months the participants work, live and learn in a different cultural environment. Each year around 80 professionals and volunteers from more than 35 countries take part in the programme. The participants come mainly from Islamic countries, countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia. People from Germany who are interested in taking part in the programme can also apply.
Which fields of work are covered by the programme?
The CrossCulture Programme offers working assignments in the following fields:
CCP-Module "Islamic World"
CCP-Module "Eastern Partnership & Russia"
Why should I apply for the CrossCulture Programme?
Participants gain international experience and intercultural skills from having the opportunity to work together in organisations or institutions. Host organisations benefit from the fellow's expertise, local knowledge and their networks. Such short-term working partnerships often lead to long-term professional relationships and friendships.
After having spent a period abroad, CCP scholarship holders engage in the exchange of experience and knowledge. The CCP network consists of more than 600 alumni and is still growing. Fellows can incorporate the experience gained abroad into the day-to-day work of their home organisation.