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InterMobil - Intercultural competence training for SMEs hosting European mobilities

Erasmus+ Key Action 2 - Strategic Partnerships

Project No: 2014-1-UK-KA1202-001630

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Project duration: 24 months

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Project Overview

Mobility is part of the flexibility considered important for the European labour force. Learning mobility, that is transnational mobility for the purpose of acquiring new skills, is one of the fundamental ways through which individuals, particularly young people, can strengthen their future employability as well as their personal development (European Commission 2009).

The project “Intercultural competence training for SMEs hosting European mobilities – InterMobil” funded by the European Union  aims to create a more favourable environment for youth exchanges and mobility programmes in the field of VET and Labour Market placements.

The success of the placements abroad depends a lot on the extent to which the trainee gets in contact with the lifestyle, mind set and habits of the hosting country. In this process that is both personal and intercultural for trainees, the role of hosting organisations is central. SMEs represent the trainee’s “practical handbook” in the world of work and also for the country’s identity and environment (economic, social and cultural). Inadequate preparation of the hosting organization may result in entrenched negative stereotypes and a higher dose of ethnocentrism. The InterMobil project will seek to address the neglected topic of intercultural training of mobility hosting organization (especially SMEs). 

The project will:

  • Develop an efficient intercultural training in view of the challenges youth Mobility faces from the practice, training, research and employer’s perspectives
  • Remove the obstacles to successful youth mobility due to intercultural differences and misunderstanding
  • Strengthen the position of intercultural competences in EU youth mobilities programmes as tool to maximize the benefits of the mobility
  • Develop a focus groups – organised in the beginning of the project with stakeholders to gather information about the design, structure and representation of the training materials
  • Design prototype workshops – organised in the second project year to test the developed Learning content with target groups’ representatives and to gather their feedback on further improving the training materials
  • Deliver conferences – organized in the last quarter of the project to present and promote InterMobil final outputs to the general audience and all stakeholders


Expected project outcomes:

  • Learning content – a training textbook with 9 different modules on intercultural interaction incl. topics like host country culture, culture shock, intercultural communication – language & paralanguage, conflict management and de-escalation, specifics of intercultural counselling and organisations, etc.
  • Handbook for SMEs – a short focused methodological document that will guide SMEs how to use the Learning content materials. It will comprise most important tips and will also function as a teaser to read the full content.
  • InterMobil website – it will comprise all developed learning materials, the Handbook for SMEs, useful links to other projects or sites with similar content and other interesting materials on intercultural communication


All materials will be available in 6 languages: EN, DE, IT, BG, ES, PT


Project Partners:

EuroPartnership Agency Ltd, United Kingdom

European Center For Quality Ltd. – Bulgaria

FH Joanneum G.m.b.h. – Austria

LUISS International Consulting and Mobility Agency INCOMA - SpainGuido Cali – Italy

Associação Intercultural Amigos da Mobilidade – Portugal

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