CrossCulture Programme

About the CrossCulture Programme:
The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) is an exchange and dialogue programme of ifa (Institut für Auslands­beziehungen) funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. It offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their professional and intercultural competences as well as to gather international experience through a job-related stay in another cultural context.
Participants from abroad will be integrated into a host organisation in Germany, while participants from Germany will conduct their job-related stay in one of the eligible countries. Besides the objectives of vocational qualification, they also gain an insight into the cultural, social and political structures in the host country, establish new personal and professional contacts and familiarise themselves with cultural characteristics of the host country. Thus, the programme fosters open dialogue and mutual learning for all involved. Additionally, the intercultural exchange boosts the formation of networks between organisations in Germany and participating countries in a sustainable manner. More information about CCP on

CCP Refugees and Migration
The funding programme CCP Refugees and Migration supports networks, further training and exchange between professionals of refugee work and in the field of migration. In 2017, the programme focuses on African countries along the main migration routes to the Mediterranean. The programme is an adapted concept of the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) of ifa and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The programme is aimed at employees and volunteers of non-governmental organisations, government agencies and organisations in the field of refugee work and migration who have high potential to become active as multipliers in their networks.
More information on our website CCP Refugees and Migration
See also our FAQ  to answer your questions on details about the programme and the application process.

Requirements to participate in the programme: 
Applicants are required to have a profound knowledge, relevant work experience and a long-term involvement with an organisation or institution (governmental or non-governmental) in the field of refugees and migration, either as an employee, freelancer or volunteer in their home country.
For participants from Germany a good command of English is compulsory. For participants from African countries a good command of English is strongly recommended but not compulsory. Knowledge of the language of the host country (e.g. German or French) is very valuable, but not a requirement for application.
Candidates are also required to be in a good state of health and to have the physical and intellectual capability required for spending a lengthy period of time abroad and working with their host organisation.

Application process:
Applications for CCP Refugees and Migration are to be submitted online via our application portal.
Please fill in the form and upload the following documents:
  • Your CV with detailed information about your education, professional and voluntary experience, and further knowledge/skills.
  • Motivation letter. Please use this template.
  • Recommendation letter from your home organisation. Please use this template.
  • Your photograph (optional)
Please make sure to prepare the documents for upload before you start the application process since the system does not allow to save an incomplete application and resume at a later point. Only complete applications will be considered. Please do not create more than one account. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as browser.

Suitable candidates will be selected by ifa in consultation with the German Federal Foreign Office. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in person/by phone/Skype). Results will be communicated by late-June 2017. There is no recourse to legal action.

Application deadline is 15 May 2017.
Application deadline for applicants from Mali, Niger and Sudan is 22 May 2017.

Please follow the link to submit your application:
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