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NEW YEAR’s EVE: Paris is a hotspot

Culture, Living By 2 December, 2015 No Comments
  • In Paris, as in the rest of France, the New Year, or “St. Sylvestre”, starts January 1st and ends February 1st. French people start wishing each other cheerful Bonne Années and exchanging bises at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, and mailboxes are then flooded with greeting cards and gifts throughout the month. So don’t be surprised if you hear wishes for the new year throughout January, and feel free to return them!

INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE: Videos are a good way to express yourself

Culture, Living By 2 December, 2015 No Comments

Intercultural competence is the key to become a successful and happy European citizen. If you help different cultures to understand each other and you like videos, you should read this: The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are calling on youth from all over the world to vote for their favorite video from the PLURAL+  Youth Video Festival finalist entries. And participate in the next round.

EUROPE: How can coaching help young people on the move?

Culture, Jobs, Study By 24 November, 2015 1 Comment

By Rikke Lina Nissen – Founder & Coach, www.coachtheculture.org

Over the past decade coaching has slowly become a concept which is increasingly used in relation to people development. This recent growth in the application of coaching methods has not only started to show up within business environments but also more and more people use it for personal performance development.

SPAIN: Writing artist – Sonia Bautista

Culture By 22 November, 2015 No Comments

Her aunt was a famous Spanish actress, her partner is an artist, her kid is gifted with music and she is creative in everything she does. “Why not trying to write”, Sonia Bautista thought and that is how “Atardecer Químico” (see the illustration made by herself) was born, a very original short story about friendship. 

PARIS: Importance of Beur Literature – Incultural competence

Culture By 21 November, 2015 No Comments

The Beur -or Moorish– Literature is considered the youngest sister of French Maghrebian Literature. The French lexicon incorporates the word beur around 1985, right after the second maghrebian immigration wave. Its feminine version beurrette will not appear until some years later. As the fourth generation of Arabs writing in French (the first generation lived the colonisation the second the independence, the third the emigration and the fourth the French assimilation), the beur authors do not know their original lands. It is an emerging “niche” within Maghrebian Literature.

INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE: Study abroad

Culture By 18 November, 2015 No Comments

Study abroad during university, and more importantly study abroad with the goal of improving one’s ability with a foreign language by spending a prolonged period of time in another country has been changing over the past years. There is a rising demand of intercultural competence. Within Europe the Erasmus Student Mobility for Placements Program provides this opportunity and an increasing number of US universities also facilitate internship programs abroad. The increase in numbers of students interested in this type of study abroad is directly related to the need to acquire professional experience that will make them more employable.