See our Good Practice Publications for our Promoting Quality in Intercultural Youth Work: 12 Steps to Good Practice publications.
Practical Guidelines for doing Intercultural Youth Work
As the national umbrella body for youth work in Ireland NYCI has implemented a series of measures to enhance interculturalism in youth work. Through its newly appointed Intercultural Project staff NYCI offers guidelines, facilitates networking and gives training that will empower youth organisations to embed interculturalism in their own youth work practices and policies. NYCI promotes interculturalism as the responsibility and commitment of all in the youth work sector in working towards achieving a society based on equality and inclusion for all. Interculturalism should be seen like other inclusion and equality issues - such as gender and disability - embedded in our thinking, planning, implementation and evaluations with a concerted emphasis on equality of outcome.
This document responds to Frequently Asked Questions that NYCI receives on the inclusion of cultural and minority ethnic young people and leaders in youth work.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Don’t be afraid of making mistakes; embarrassing “faux pas” are seldom irretrievable and it’s a valuable learning opportunity for all
- It is impossible to know enough about other cultures – the best way to learn about other cultures is directly from the people themselves – don’t be afraid to ask
- Don’t worry if you don’t feel you have the right ‘PC’ or politically correct language – any language at all is better than not taking action for fear of offending – communication and dialogue is the key. Common terms are outlined below.
- Treat racist issues initially as you would treat a bullying incident – serious racist issues will need a specific training and coordinated response
- Pick up the phone or send an email to an NYCI Intercultural Project Officer over any issue of concern and we will guide you through it
- The guidelines below should answer many practical ‘how to’ questions you might have.
- European Country of Origin Information Network www.ecoi.net
- Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org
- The International Crisis Group (ICG) www.crisisweb.org