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A Course for Professionals who support people through geographic or social mobility

Trainer’s Training

6-10 October 2014


Want to develop your knowledge and practice of helping people have better social and geographic mobility experiences?

Want to learn new techniques, methods and tools for engaging people in mobility situations and be able to evaluate the process?

The training is aimed at professionals working in:

1. Higher education: Erasmus coordinators, mentors and counsellors of international students.

2. NGO sector: social workers, professionals working with migrants, international volunteers, disadvantaged youth, teachers and careers officers, educational guides or other staff working in talent and mentoring programs, tutors or practitioners offering adult education.

During the training you will:

– Gain awareness of what makes successful geographic and social mobility experiences

– Become acquainted with transforming challenges into learning in cross cultural situations

– Develop knowledge of cross cultural situation theories, practises and guidance through these situations

– Develop basic competencies for working with people in mobility situations

– Learn and adapt tools and practises that help people connect with others across cultural borders

– Network with other practitioners and tutors working in similar environments

Our Methodological principles:

The training is based on a combination of different activities and methodologies, relying on non-formal education.

Activities include:

– Structured exercises; role play; simulations to examine the dynamics of the different mobility situations

– Small group tasks, discussions

– Presentations and discussion of the different dimensions of mobility – including a field exercise

– Sessions focusing directly on tools of mobility guidance the MOMAP Survey and the Mobility Pack (our toolbox) which can be used in your guiding and support practice.

Location and Duration: 6 – 10 October 2014 Paris, France

Organizing institution:  Élan Interculturel

Venue: 7 rue Guillaume Bertrand, 75011 Paris

Contact: cecilestola@elaninterculturel.com

Course fee: 350 €

The fee includes course fee, course materials and handouts, refreshments, and free access to the whole MOMAP Toolkit.


Outline of the training:

Day 1: What is mobility?


–       Presentation of the course. Expectations.

–       What is Mobility? Who is mobile? What is the connection between geographic and social mobility experiences?


–       Presentation and discussion about the 4C Project: implementation process; research phase and its results.

–       Introduction to the MOMAP Chart.

–       Walking Bingo: simple questions and visual answers.

–       Experiential exercise on guiding.

–       Introduction to MOMAP Guidance Methodology.

Day 2: Motivation and Experiences


–       Motivations: How can motivation affect the mobility experiences? How can we guide our participants to develop more intrinsic motivations?


–       Field Trip: Get out and experience mobility on your skin! – Simulation of a cultural immersion / mobility situation.

Day 3: Focus on Intercultural Skills and Competences


–       Debriefing the field trip: Evaluation of the mobility experience: its beauty, its challenges, its difficulties and threats.


–       Handling cultural transitions – intercultural skills and coping strategies: Get acquainted with the framework and basic concepts of the Transaction Theory of stress and Cognitive Behavioural Theory. How to build and develop new strategies and competences to deal with intercultural situations? Exploring different outcomes of situations through cartoons/storyboards.

–       What a person needs what a guide can give?
Discussion on the role of the Guide linked to intercultural skills.

 Day 4: Zoom on accompaniment tools of mobility


–       Challenges through mobility:
Explore the different types of challenges in mobility. Finding solutions as a guide: how can you support participants to deal with these challenges?

–       What does it mean to be a Mobility Guide?
What are the skills, attitudes, and techniques that a good Guide must own?


–       Multiple identities and mobility:
How does identity orientation influences the mobility experience? Do people have more of a personal or group identity orientation? How do we value different aspects of our identity? Opening up multiple identities and values attached to different identity positions.

–       Relational strategies:
The social galaxy: exploring on one’s own social network. To what extent the social network is anchored in the new environment or rather reflect one’s original cultural environment? How to define the next steps towards broader social network?

Day 5: How is it to be a Guide?


–       The MOMAP Guiding Process:
Recruitment of participants; preparation of the 1st session; setting up aims with participants; during the guiding process; evaluation and follow up.

–       Preparing for the 1st guiding session:
Group work: Learning in practice how to analyse the MOMAP Survey results and how to choose the different areas to work on.


–       The 1st guiding session – simulation:
Discovering the aim of guidance in the different phases of mobility.

–       Evaluation of the training

For more information, please visit:  www.momaptool.eu

About the MOMAP Guidance Methodology:

Why is mobility important?

We live in an increasingly mobile world. According to the International Organization for Migration, there are 214 million migrants worldwide and if migrants would be a nation, they would be the 5th most populous nation. Furthermore, according to UNESCO, the number of tertiary students has multiplied by six since 1970, going from 32 million to 159 million university student worldwide. This implies that an ever greater number of young people embarking on social mobility.

How can we define mobility?

In our definition, intercultural mobility is the passage of individuals through cultures (between or within countries) either through geographic movement or through a movement in the system of social hierarchy. Mobility implies separation from the well-known surrounding, immersion in and progressive adjustment to new cultural environments, which results in a set of changes at the level of self-perception, self-definition, attitude, behaviour patterns as well as in the development of new skills and competences.

The MOMAP method

Our 3-year international project – “4C – IT Supported Training and Coaching For Cross-Cultural Competences” – set out to answer the following key questions:


Are all intercultural mobility experiences similar? Is there an essential difference between crossing a national border (i.e. geographic mobility) and achieving a new social class or professional group (i.e. social mobility)?

Are there some recognizable, “generalizable” challenges in mobility experiences or is each experience a unique constellation of difficulties?

Are there strategies that seem more adaptive and competences that are helpful in overcoming these challenges?

How can we assist and accompany people in mobility situations through a personal guiding process?

To answer these questions and gain a deeper understanding about mobility processes, first, we carried out a qualitative and quantitative research among people who have already experienced some form of mobility. The two main outcomes of our research were the MOMAP Chart and the MOMAP Survey.

The MOMAP Chart visualises and summarises the results of our qualitative and quantitative research. It defines successful mobility and shows the 5 dimensions that influence the successful mobility experience (Motivations, Identity Orientation, Intercultural Skills, Challenges, and Relational Strategies).

The MOMAP Survey is an on-line tool to assess the competences that help realize a successful mobility experience so that it can become a source of personal growth, satisfaction and skills development. The survey examines the 5 dimensions of the MOMAP Chart. The results are generated immediately and give an overview of the above-mentioned competences connected to the mobility situation.

Having identified the factors that contribute to the successful mobility experience, we built our MOMAP Guidance Methodology comprised of an online Mobility Pack, an online toolkit with exercises organized along the 5 dimensions and a protocol on how to use these exercises in a personal guidance process.

We tested the methodology with 40 participants in four different countries (France, Hungary, Malta and UK). We involved people who are:

-in short-term geographic mobility (e.g. students on international exchange)

-in long-term mobility (e.g. migrants settling in a new country for professional reasons or for family reunification)

-about to embark on geographic mobility (e.g. participants of international volunteer programs)

-in social mobility situations.

Social mobility participant:

 Krisztina is a 31 years old woman who is originally from a small Hungarian village, but now has lived for years in the capital city. She evaluated the program positively. “I thought when I came here that I see I see my situation clear and know what is happening around me, and it turned out there are so many other things behind. I got another interpretation, or many potential interpretations, solutions, other point of view, new possibilities – even if it is just about how to look at things. I could not list so many things by myself before, but because that was the task I did it.”

Geographic mobility participant:

Anna is originally from Spain, and relocated to Cambridge for personal reasons. She joined the guidance in March 2013. The programme was very important to her, giving her the chance to take a moment to stop and see her mobility in a different way. It helped her to realise that relationships with others in a new country was a two way thing – that she didn’t just have to do what English people did, that she could be herself. She felt that the guidance helped her to get the strength to share her own culture with people in Cambridge and to be proud of who she was. 

Based on the results of the pilot sessions, we finalized our Mobility Pack and created a Trainers’ Training and a detailed Handbook on how to use our methodology. The aim of our Trainers Training is to raise mobility guides’ awareness on what makes successful geographic and social mobility experiences and familiarise them with the tools and practises in the Mobility Pack so that they can integrate our methodology in their daily practice.

In addition to the training offered to Guides, we also developed a Workshop for Mobility Participants. The 5-day workshop was again structured around the 5 dimensions each day addressing a new theme: questions of motivation, identity orientation, intercultural skills, relational strategies and challenges.

On the long run, we hope that by bringing our results and methodology to the widest professional public possible, mobility will become an experience of personal and professional fulfilment for more and more people.

How to get involved?

Map your mobility experiences:
To get an idea about Mobility Guidance please go to our website:(www.momaptool.eu) and try out our survey.


Become a mobility guide:

In order to learn about the mobility guidance and be able to try out our Mobility Pack with the guiding tools register yourself on the MOMAP Web. You will have the right to read all of our research reports and familiarize yourself with theoretical background.


Come to one of our Trainer’s training:

To become a full member and have access to all the materials, you need to participate in one of our trainer’s training. During the 5-day training you can learn about the methodology in practice. With the full access you will have the right to invite participants to the survey and see their results on the admin surface. You will be able to read and download all of our tools from the Mobility Pack, access the full MOMAP Handbook and download the user guide for the admin surface. Inform yourself about the next trainings from the website or ask directly from one of our partners about the possibilities.