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Part 5 - Modules

The Best Local Community Interaction

MAIN THEMESIntercultural dialogue, interaction with the local community.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVESGet to know the reality of the hosting country's people by interacting with people from different backgrounds, neighbourhoods, status, etc.
The participants are divided into small groups (around 3 to 4 persons), each of which will spend the day with one of the hosting or local volunteers.
The activity is divided in two parts.

The first part is when the groups will spend some time interacting with the host – meeting the whole family, having lunch with the family, visiting their places and discovering the "indoor" reality of the culture. The lunch is seen as a form of cultural exchange.

The second part is when the volunteer, together with his/her host family (if possible), takes the group on a local tour of the city – visiting the market, the favelas, a local school, or a small community. At this time, participants can interact with people on the streets, and discover the place and how people live – from a more realistic instead of a touristic point of view.
*The group should take their comments about that day so later they can share it with the all the participants.

At the end of the day, all the different groups (including their hosts) will meet together for a workshop, which is also divided into 2 parts as follows:

Part I.
The local hosts / volunteers will introduce themselves to the group and share about their fears and expectations about the community interaction day, followed by a short account on how it went along in practice. At this point, members of the group of the host can feel free to add or share comments about what happened.

Part II.
To have a "visual" image of what had happened, each group will perform a 5 minute role-play to present to the other groups about the most remarkable events and findings of the day. It can be a scene about what happened, or a summary of the over-all experience.
*Encourage creativity and artistry, and try to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere of the workshop.

After the presentations, ask the participants to evaluate and share about what they have learned during the day's activity.
-What was the highlight of your experience? How about a low point?
-How does it feel to have a closer look into the local community?
-How different is what you have seen today with what you have seen before or with what you thought about?
HUMAN RESOURCES NECESSARY- An over-all coordinator of the day and assistants.
- At least 4 groups of 3-4 people each.
- Volunteer host families from the local community (can be a mother, siblings, a young volunteer, etc) .
*the family aspect is important to share with the participants the family dimension of the culture.
- Facilitator for the evening workshop.
- A person to document the results of the activity during the evening workshop.
*it would be useful also to have someone (not a participant) to take videos during the day, and visit the different groups and take footages of the local activity (this can be locally organized.
MATERIALSFor the evening workshop:
- Flipchart, pens.
-Timer (for the role-play).
OBJECTIVES REALIZEDThe participants become really imbued with the hosting society, getting the chance to participate in their daily life.
METHODOLOGY USEDLocal Interaction + Workshop.
 For a thorough account of the preparation phase, please see the section on Egypt – DNB in Part 3 of this toolkit.