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About This Week’s Guest

Kea Hoppe

Kea Hoppe is currently the director of the European umbrella organization of Youth For Understanding and responsible for positioning YFU as an expert in intercultural education, creating partnerships and advancing the organization strategically.

Youth For Understanding (YFU) is a volunteer-based global non-profit community driven by the passion of people, consisting of 55+ member organizations across six continents.

As a leader in intercultural exchange and educational programs for more than 60 years, YFU has impacted more than 270.000 students – and their host families, schools and networks – and more than 70.000 volunteers.

Kea Hoppe: “When you travel, reflect on what you see, hear, and experience. The good, the bad, and the ugly…”

Her tips to become more culturally competent are:

  • Travel if you can. There is no substitute.
  • Engage with the people around you, where ever you are.
  • Reflect on what you have experienced.

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Website: https://yfu.org


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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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