The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) is an exchange and dialogue programme of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Since 2005 it offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their professional and political competence as well as to gather international experience through a stay in another cultural context.
CCP transfers our commitment to intercultural dialogue into action. It gives young professionals from Germany and various Islamic countries as well as Eastern Partnership countries and Russia the chance to gather varied experiences abroad within their fields of professional activity and to share those experiences back in their home countries. Besides the objectives of vocational and specialist qualification, the participants also gain an overview of the cultural, social and political structures in the host country. They establish new personal and professional contacts and familiarise themselves with cultural characteristics of the host country. Thus, the programme offers a forum for open dialogue and mutual learning for all involved. The intercultural exchange fosters on-going dialogue and boosts the formation of networks between organisations in Germany and the countries involved in a sustained manner. Further information about CCP on www.ifa.de/crossculture
Requirements to participate in the CrossCulture Programme:
Applicants should show a good command of English and a permanent involvement in an organisation or institution in one’s own country. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, not a requirement. Applicants should be aged between 23 to 45 years. Currently enrolled university students will not be considered for selection. Furthermore, the applicants must be in good health. Their physical as well as mental working capacity must be sufficient for the requirements of a longer stay abroad and the essential work requirements of the internship.
Eligible applicants should have the nationality of one of the countries listed below. Please apply only, if you are a national of the respective country or live there on a permanent basis.
Call for applications 2018:
The application has to be submitted exclusively online (via this application portal). Please prepare the following templates for the upload:
1. a letter of motivation, describing your reasons to apply for an internship in Germany, your expectations (experiences and learning) as well as the period most suitable for your participation.
2. your CV with information about your current professional position
3. recommendation by your home organisation, showing their interest for your participation in the programme and their willingness to grant a leave of absence
4. a portrait photograph
All templates are also to be found on our website.
Please have all required documents at hand before starting the application, since the system does not allow to temporary save an incomplete application and resume at a later point. Only complete applications including the a.m. documents will be processed! We strongly recommend applying via a computer in order to be able to upload these mandatory attachments. Applications via smartphone or tablet, which contain no attachments, cannot be accepted!
Deadline for applications is 12 January 2018.
ifa will screen all applications in cooperation with the German Embassies. Some applicants might be invited to an interview at the German Embassy or for a skype interview. The final selection of CrossCulture participants is done in close cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
The nomination of the participants will be announced end of April 2018. Letters of refusal will be sent out without further explanations.