The Digital Methods listed below are based on our previous experiences in using cultural peer-learning approaches for exchanges between youth from the Global North and the Global South and on the lessons learned during the Covid-19 health crisis. Starting from these issues, our team created a number of digital methods, which convert cultural, physical and synchronous interactions into digital versions.
Mural artwork project is a beautiful option to share ideas within the community, make art for social transformation visible and strengthen local relationships. Art is a universal language that knows no limits. You can also create a mural with the help of the artist “virtually”, i.e. connected online and able to give instructions to the group of participants on the other side on how to paint, based on the projected black and white image on the wall, similar to “paint by numbers” paintings, but this time on larger scale and with multiple painters co-creating the masterpiece simultaneously.
A virtual gallery is not just a website that features images of creative work, but an interactive experience that can take many forms. A virtual gallery gets value when there is an audience. The audience interprets the exhibits and aims at making meaning.
Asynchronous Drama Activities
Activities based on the Theatre of The Oppressed methods and Verbatim activity. It is a process of creating a 15-20 minutes theatre piece on the topic, ending with the state of gravity, which the participants are trying to change. This activity steps on different theatrical approaches. One of those being theatre of the oppressed and the other – verbatim theatre.
Online Cooking Class
Food is a big component of people’s cultural identity. It is a part of who they are and how they connect to their cultural or ethnic group that they belong to. Especially for people with a migrant and refugee background, food acts as a way to retain their culture. Sharing the national cuisine with people from other countries contributes to sharing the national culture. Moreover, intercultural communication through food leads to enriching the relationship with other people, beyond the national borders. Before the online cooking class, a preparatory stage is needed.
Singing a Song Together
Singing a song together is an activity that allows participants to sing the same song individually, but present it as a collective outcome, in audio and video formats. It is a collage of several individuals singing and playing the same music. Here they have the opportunity to choose a song, sing and play it, present their musical skills, and the instruments they play. Moreover, participants can dance or do any physical/performative activity connected to the music and the song.
Participating groups present and learn about each other's homes and everyday lives through video recordings. Videos, made by participants, may present an impression of their everyday life in the city or village they live in, the most interesting buildings or landmarks, how they get to school, university or their community centre, what they typically do in their free time, and, if applicable, they can give a short insight on how they practice with their artistic group.
The skills workshop is an activity to teach a certain skill in the video format. It can of course also be applied to an online or presence exchange. Here the students have the opportunity to share a special skill such as drumming or playing any other instrument, dancing, theatre, acrobats, painting, sewing, but also digital skills such as creating a PowerPoint, editing videos or photos, etc. can be very interesting.
Fairy tale Podcast
Fairy tales or a folktale representative of participants' country’s culture audio recordings collected as a podcast - a series of digital audio files that are made available for downloading or listening via the Internet. Each individual audio recording is known as a podcast episode.
30 questions to fall in love with a culture
This method is formed into a podcast, audio recording of a group meeting, where participants have a discussion based on answering the 30 questions.
This activity has the purpose of finding similarities between peoples from very distant parts of the world, considered divided culturally, linguistically, as well as by heritage and history. These similarities are presented in the form of proverbs or sayings, which have survived for centuries and which are supposed to have shaped our cultures and the mentality of our peoples, as well as influenced our daily routine to a great extent.