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Part 5 - Modules

A Trip To Bagrama – Role-Play Game

MAIN THEMESIntercultural dialogue, stereotypes.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVESThe aim of this game is to analyze reactions which occur in contact with people of other cultures, to analyse prejudices and the effects they have on intercultural communication.
- To emphasize some of the areas in which cultures differ.
- To have an opportunity to check out participant's understanding for cultural differences.
- To learn about prejudices and the results of cultural misunderstanding.
- To gain the ability to look at other cultures from an indigenous perspective.
- To compare game experience to real life situations in which such a clash of cultures may appear.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES OR SERVICESThis exercise simulates an intercultural exchange between Europeans and a fictional culture, Bagrama people. The Europeans are almost ignorant of their host culture, however they must communicate with Bagramians in an acceptable manner if they are to succeed in their quest.
One of the greatest challenges of this exercise is to learn the Bagramian cultural patterns by European group in a short period of time.

Divide participants into groups. Each group should have 3-4 Europeans and 8-11 Bagramians.
Give the participants the copy of the appropriate briefing sheets (Bagramian or European).

Separate participants into two rooms: one for Bagramians, the other for Europeans.
Allow them for 10 minutes to read information in their briefing sheet.

Then take several minutes (app. 10 minutes) to acquaint the Bagramians with their culture. Teach them the Bagramian gestures and phrases.
Before the Europeans re-enter the room, solicit questions for them. Emphasize that they must observe and adopt to the Bagramian way if they are to be successful.

The Bagramians' goal is to successfully exhibit Bagramian cultural ways, while the Europeans' goal is to gain Bagramian's approval to take some samples of the Ba-gra mineral (the artifact in the game) for study.
HUMAN RESOURCES NECESSARYMinimum of 11 participants.
1-2 Facilitators.
MATERIALSTwo rooms, briefing sheets.
OBJECTIVES REALIZEDParticipants may realize the euro-centric perspective through which they interpret other cultures and also learn how to intently observe and follow other cultural ways of thinking in order to communicate successfully.
WHERE WAS IT USED? On a volunteers' meeting for EVS volunteers of Polish Robert Schuman Foundation.