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Part 5 - Modules

The EuroMed Cruise

MAIN THEMESIntercultural dialogue, prejudice and discrimination
DURATION1h30 min - 2h
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES- To challenge participant's stereotypes and prejudice about other people and minorities, and about the images and associations the text raises.
- To reflect on the perceptions different participants have of minorities.
- To raise self-awareness about the limits of tolerance.
- To confront the different values and stereotypes of the participants.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES OR SERVICES*To add to the feel of the activity, it is best to do this activity outdoors.

1. Introduce the activity and try to get the participants to feel that they are really going on a cruise. (You can include beach props or arrange the venue to be a departure hall).
2. Describe the scenario to them.
3. Distribute to each participant a paper with the descriptions of the people travelling on the cruise ship.
4. Ask each person individually to choose the three people they would most like to travel with and the three they would least like to travel with.
5. Once everybody has made their individual choices, ask them to form into groups of four to five and share their individual choices and the reasons for them. Also ask them to compare their choices and reasons and check where there are similarities. (10 minutes)
6. Ask them to come up with a common list by consensus (3 MOST WANTED and 3 LEAST) (45 minutes)
(If possible, do not mention to them about the 45-min. time frame to allow them to discuss freely).

Gather the groups back in plenary and ask each group to present their conclusions including the reasons for their common choices. They should also say in which "cases" there was most disagreement about within the group.

Debriefing and Evaluation:
Compare the different results as a way to introduce the discussion. Make notes and drawings on the similarities and differences of the group's choices.
Facilitate their participation by asking guide questions:
- How did you feel during the activity?
- What were the major reasons or factors that made you decide your decision as an individual?
-How about during the group decision? Was it difficult? Why?
- What was the most difficult part?
- What factors made you come to a consensus or prevented you from reaching one?
-Do you think these situations exist in real life?
- Has anyone in the group experienced a similar situation?
- Which stereotypes does the list of passengers evoke?
- To what extent have our own stereotypes and prejudices affected our decisions?
- Where do we get these images from? Are they usually given or do they come from our own imagination?
- How would it feel to be in a situation in which nobody would want to share a ship cabin with you?
Minimum of 5 participants.
MATERIALSCopies of the passenger profiles (below) - 1 for each participant. Pens.
OBJECTIVES REALIZEDParticipants became more interested in knowing about the different stereotypes existing, especially in the Euromed region, and where they come from.
Participants were able to deepen their own understanding about stereotypes.
Participants became aware that at some point, these stereotypes lead to bigger problems and issues, especially between cultures.
Participants were able to reflect that stereotypes mostly include culture, religion, and physical differences.
METHODOLOGY USEDIndividual reflection, group exercise and discussion.
WHERE WAS IT USED?Peace Education Training for Volunteers.
Barcelona, Spain. October 2010.
This activity is adapted from the exercise Euro-rail "a la carte" by the Council of Europe. All Different-All Equal Education Pack.
MORE INFORMATIONIt is important to adapt the list of passengers according to your context and needs. Try to make it as real as possible. If needed, you may reduce the list to a maximum of 12 passengers and adapt it to the local or national situation of the group you work with. Take note that some of the passengers' descriptions correspond to minorities which are familiar to the group including "invisible" minorities such as homosexuals, people with disabilities, someone who is HIV positive etc. – consider this when you make your changes.

Do not emphasize too much on making a consensus as it may lead to false consensus. It is to encourage that the groups try to listen to each other and share their views. If a group cannot reach consensus, ask why it was difficult.

It is important for everyone to respect each other's opinions and not attack people for their personal views. If some choices seem doubtful it is more relevant to discuss the reasons which lead to a particular choice rather than to question personal decisions. In fact both the participants and you, the facilitator, will be in difficult positions: it's very easy to turn this activity into a condemnation session! For this reason beware not to let the discussion develop into "who's got the least prejudice?" but rather to work on the fact that we all have prejudice.

It is also important to discuss and explore the fact that the description of the passengers is very brief, we know little about the personality or background of people. But isn't that the way we normally react to information in newspapers and television, and in conversations or when meeting people for the first time?


The famous EUROMED LINES has finally re-opened, after 55 long years, the EUROMED CRUISE. As a premier opening of the newly furnished cruise ship, they decided to have a promotion for a free cruise for 55 passengers. The ship accommodates approximately 500 people.

For its "maiden" voyage, they have prepared a nice and exciting 12-day cruise along the Mediterranean coast. You will visit 9 countries - Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Croatia, and Turkey.

You are one of the lucky 55 passengers who won the free cruise, and lucky enough to try on the new facilities of their cabin.

Since this is a promo trip, you will be travelling in a deluxe cabin for 4 people, which means you will have to share the room with three other people.

With which of the following passengers would you prefer to share the cabin with?

Promotion winners – passenger list.
  1. A stiff French woman from Paris.
  2. A government employee from Syria.
  3. A Moroccan man who sells camels.
  4. An old man with multiple-sclerosis.
  5. A Turkish refugee living in the Netherlands.
  6. A Roma (gypsy) from Moldova just released from jail.
  7. A Dutch musician who is HIV positive.
  8. A German with no sense of humor.
  9. A Catalan nationalist woman in her late 40s.
  10. An Israeli vegetarian.
  11. An Italian gay working in a luxury hotel in Sharm el Sheik (Egypt).
  12. An English hunter.
  13. A Norwegian overly-tanned old woman.
  14. An Irishman who loves to drink.
  15. An Egyptian Bedouin from the Sinai region.
  16. An aggressive feminist who has lived in Libya for 20 years.
  17. A Serbian soldier from Bosnia.
  18. An unemployed Swedish blonde girl.
  19. A Spanish die-hard football fan.
  20. A prostitute living in Hungary.
  21. A Palestinian living in Jordan.
  22. An activist from the Berber region in Algeria.
  23. An atheist from Portugal.