Culture Pop-up: “Listen to and share human stories” on 19 JAN 2017

Culture PopupToday, we live door to door with people having a migration background. Some are in Switzerland for a while, others arrived shortly. Have you ever asked yourself if you know their stories? Do we know what it means be a migrant in Switzerland?

This Culture Pop-Up provides a unique opportunity to engage from human to human in a simple environment – to listen to personal stories, to get an insight, to ask questions respectfully, to learn about different cultures and to be in a dialogue with each other.

The event will be held on 19 January 2017.

It will be held in German/English

Moderation: Christa Uehlinger, President SIETAR Switzerland,
Natalie Fasnacht, Camera Arts Student HSLU, experienced in youth employment.

Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine, soup and bread and continue meeting each other’s.

As we would like to provide a safe and respectful space, numbers of participants are limited to 12 (first comes, first served).


Contribution: CHF 15 for SIETAR Switzerland members; CHF 25 for Non-members.

We’re looking forward to getting to know you.

Christa Uehlinger and Natalie Fasnacht

Nathalie Fasnacht is a Camera Arts Student HSLU and experienced in youth employment.

Dr. Christa Uehlinger is an experienced independent intercultural advisor with a long international track record. If you would like to know more please have a look at Christa’s bio here.

Payment can be made through SIETAR Switzerland’s bank account number or in cash at the door.

CHF 25 (SIETAR Switzerland non-members)
CHF 15 (SIETAR Switzerland members)

Account no.: 1100-6323.482
IBAN CH58 0070 0110 0063 2328 2
Bank Zürcher Kantonalbank
Organization: SIETAR Switzerland
Reason for Payment: Culture Pop-Up 19 Jan 2017

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Culture Pop-Up “The Culture Salsa” on 4 OCT 2016

salsaDoing The Culture Salsa*Salsa (mixture) is the name of a dance which evolved from multiple dance forms such as Son, Cha cha cha and Mambo, all popular in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Latino communities in New York since the 1940s. Through the years Salsa has gone through a lot of variation and incorporated elements of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances. Different countries have distinct salsa styles of their own Just like salsa or “sauce” in Latin American countries is a mixture of different ingredients, Culture Training blends different elements and your ability to come up with the right mix for each trainee is part of the training’s success!

As you engage in intercultural training and coaching in your day-to-day practice, what kind of a “dancing” partner are you? In this day of blended learning programs and program customization, how do you adjust your style and steps to your partner(s), how do you pace yourself to their rhythm? How do you teach them new steps? When do you lead? When do you let them lead? What kind of “partner” are you most uncomfortable with and why? What can you do to deal with those who refuse to engage and how can you build on your faculty to “improvise”?

Sabine Baerlocher and Anne-Claude Lambelet will facilitate this interactive workshop, engage you to reflect on your style and share some tips and tricks to keep the Salsa alive.

Who should attend? While this session is primarily directed to Intercultural trainers and coaches, anyone interested in intercultural interactions and creating connections across cultures is most welcome to attend and expand his or her ability to adjust their style in day to day interactions.

What will you get out of the session?

  • An exchange of best practices,
  • An occasion to reflect on your own training style,
  • An opportunity to learn other “steps”.

When: 4 October 2016
Registration: 5.45 PM
Program start : 6.00 PM, duration 2 hours.

Venue: UBIS University, Avenue Blanc 46, 1202 Geneva

Our special thanks to our conference room sponsor : UBIS University, Geneva

Cost: Free of charge for members, non-members will be asked to pay CHF 45.-

To register: Please email to Anne-Claude Lambelet and forward proof of payment to SIETAR Switzerland’s bank account with your registration.

Account Number: 01-4565-8
Bank: Credit Suisse, Winterthur


Sabine Baerlocher owns and manages Active Relocation, based in Geneva, since 2000. Sabine studied law with a specialization in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She grew up in Geneva and has worked and lived in France, the USA and the German part of Switzerland.


Anne-Claude Lambelet, Vice President of SIETAR Switzerland

Anne-Claude Lambelet has lived and worked internationally all her life and has extensive first-hand knowledge and understanding of various cultures and countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Anne-Claude has over 20 years’ successful experience in high-level expatriate management, support, and training. She is the founder and director of ACL Consulting.

Anne-Claude is a recognized trainer and coach for intercultural and professional transition issues. She delivers Intercultural Communication Training, Cross Cultural Training, and Repatriation Training as well as Global Mindset Development and Multicultural Teams Effectiveness workshops. A regular trainer and speaker for professional associations and institutes of higher learning, she also served on the Board of Families In Global Transition (FIGT), a non-profit association focused on supporting families on the move of which she is currently Co-Chair of the Swiss Affiliate.

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SIETAR Switzerland Culture Pop-Up “On the Road with Migrants”

We would like to invite you to the next Culture Pop-Up in Zurich: The Migration Game on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. The event will be held in German.

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Culture Pop-Up 22 OCT 2015


by Christa Uehlinger

Great, active participants, a nice place, an apéro and three authors these were the ingredients making the last Culture Pop-Up on “Developing intercultural competence by playing and storytelling” on 22 October in Winterthur an inspiring evening. The creators of the game, Christa Uehlinger, Hans Lampalzer and René Schrackmann gave an input on how they started to work together, what it took to elaborate the game, what the intention was and also what is meant by intercultural competence.

IMG_2742Then they focused mainly on how these stories could be used in trainings and coaching to build awareness for different cultures as well as for one’s own and to explore these critical moment by asking “what happened?”. This question is key in developing intercultural competence as it is of utmost importance to be a cultural detective and not to oversee tiny details which could make a difference in an interaction. Sadly enough, nowadays people tend to be distracted and not paying enough attention on observing.

“Puzzling Intercultural Stories” is a compilation of 50 short stories based on real events. They raise awareness of the importance of a culture of cooperation and are excellent tools to practice lateral thinking outside of the box and changing perspectives. After this input, it was time for the participants to play and to experience it themselves. They liked it a lot and the final questions were discussed during the apéro which also was a great opportunity to network and to tie the knots within SIETAR Switzerland.

Culture Pop Up


Where to order

If you’d like to order the game via LinkingPeople. The English version is called Puzzling Intercultural Stories and the German version is called “Interkulturelle Crazy Business Stories 3″. 




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My Internship in an Intercultural Virtual Team – Three learnings for Time Management

by Jessica Grosser

Internships are a great way to get an insight in different areas, so therefore I was really excited to do an internship with an intercultural virtual team over the summer.

Firstly I did not think much about it as I already experienced how it was to work with an virtual team but the difference there was I still travelled every morning to my office in Zürich where I could engage with other team members in the office as only a part of my team was virtual.

Secondly, I thought it would be great to spend the summer in a virtual office so I could plan my free time and enjoy the nice weather at home.

Another difference to a corporate environment is that this intercultural virtual team is a team of volunteers. They mainly work on this project outside of “working hours” while they run their own businesses or follow a corporate career.

What have I learnt from my internship in the intercultural virtual team?

Higher engagement when no one is watching

I tried to engage more in my work when no one was around to check on how I did my work. I tried to do an even better job to prove that I actually did what I was told to. Even though I may had done my work for the day and thought I could enjoy the nice weather I constantly checked my phone to see if I got any mails

I couldn’t really enjoy my free time as I still was engaged mentally in my work. For that reason I just had to learn to get a different work-life balance. When I worked in an office from 8 am to 5 pm I knew exactly when I started and when I stopped.

I always planned sufficient time to be able to work on important tasks in the mornings. I also planned time in the late afternoon or evening to respond to mails which I got during the day.

Communication is key

Working in an intercultural virtual team requires a different communication approach than in an office.

First of all despite the fact that also in an office you receive mails with working tasks most of the time you have the chance to go to the person who sent you the mail to ask for more detailed information. You can watch their body language and normally you speak the same mother tongue.

On the other hand in an intercultural virtual team there is no one around to ask directly therefore you exchange more emails. Emails do have a tendency to lead to confusion (especially when you are not writing in your native language). You need to be careful with the use of your words.

With more senior professionals you might have a different writing style as well. Maybe they are more formal in their communication and prefer to talk on Skype rather than writing in English.

For me it is easier to talk to a person directly and describe my problem as sometimes not everything written comes out the same as you mean it. This is why I had to learn how and when to write a mail so that it is efficient while not creating an information overflow.

Regular meetings with your supervisor in person or at least over Skype are helpful. Skype or face time are really important communication tools in intercultural virtual teams as it makes it possible to talk to your colleagues face to face. At the same time you have a chance to talk about personal topics better on Skype.

Home offers more distraction

As I worked from home there was sometimes quite a distraction (from personal phone ringing, chores which need to be done, pets which need attention etc.). Even if you can sleep longer and don’t have to dress up to go to work, it also isn’t easy sometimes as you have to tell your family or roommates that even you are at home you are not available.

This is why I had to learn to just close my door, tell everyone I am not available in the moment and turn my phone off.


I started my internship with great expectations about how I can arrange my own free time and no one who is bossing me around the whole day but it showed that it actually is more work than getting up early in the morning and dragging yourself to the office every day.

I guess one thing that made it easier for me to work in a virtual office is that I am a student so I am used to working at home and tell myself that I have to work now which I can imagine maybe hard if you are used to always work in an office with your colleagues.

All in all my internship was a great experience as it really showed me how it is to work in an intercultural virtual team and it was something totally different. But in the end I also think that it isn’t something I could do forever because it is nice to go to an office and just have small talk with your colleagues as a virtual office misses something crucial for human begins: social interaction.

What is your experience working with intercultural, virtual teams?

Jessica Grosser is a 23 years old student in International Management at ZHAW in Winterthur. Last year she studied a year in Hong Kong. Before her studies she already did an internship at UBS and Ringier AG in Shanghai.

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Webinar #3: Can Intercultural Training go on-line?

7 September 2015

from 6 PM to 7 PM

Can Intercultural Training go on-line?

Hear feedback from two members who attended SIETAR Europa conference workshops and sessions on this topic and share your own experiences with other webinar participants.

Presenters: Daniela Marchese and Sabine Baerlocher

Daniele MarcheseSabine Baerlocher






To register email to Anne-Claude Lambelet no later than August 18, 2015

 Only a limited number of places are available so hurry!

These webinars are free for SIETAR Switzerland Members

Non members can join provided there is still space, cost is CHF 25 payable on registration. Each webinar is limited to 25 participants.

Places will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis & members will be served first.

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Culture Pop-Up: Cultural Values, Market Value and Self-Esteem – Sharing Best Practice to support our Clients

In intercultural training and coaching, we often work with clients who want to increase their self-confidence and market value. We help them to better promote themselves, better communicate their achievements and to ask for adequate compensation for products and services. In this process, awareness of the personal value system and a sound sense of self-worth are key success factors.

This Culture Pop–Up presents a platform to brainstorm and to exchange ideas on working with and around values, extending the discussion to include an intercultural perspective. What are the cultural aspects that have an influence on self-esteem and self-worth? How do values shift when a person is entering a new cultural environment?

I look forward to an interesting and lively discussion while sharing a drink or glass of wine! This will be an Apero-style event, with snacks and drinks. Non-members are welcome but members will be given preference. We kindly ask you to contribute towards the snacks.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2015

7 PM to 9 PM: Location will be communicated to RSVP’s only but is close to Zug and Lucerne.

Please RSVP by Friday, 24 July 2015 directly to Anke Berning.

More about Anke Berning.

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Special Webinar “The inside scoop of the SIETAR EUROPA conference in Valencia”

Didn’t get a chance to go to the Sietar Europa Conference in Valencia but would love some insider information and tips?
Register for our special webinar on June 22nd from 6pm to 7pm:

“The inside scoop of the SIETAR EUROPA conference in Valencia 2015”

Hear from three conference goers who assiduously took notes with a view to share with our members:
Sabine Baerlocher
Sabine Baerlocher
Eugenia Converso
Eugenia Converso
Veronica de la Fuente
Veronica de la Fuente

Only a limited number of places are available so hurry!

These webinars are free for Sietar Switzerland Members

Non members can join provided there is still space, cost is CHF 25.- payable on registration.

Each webinar is limited to 25 participants

Places will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis and members will be served first.

To register email to Anne-Claude Lambelet no later than June 17.

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And so it began – SIETAR Switzerland AGM on 24 March 2015 in Bern, Switzerland

by Marianna Pogosyan

Board SIETAR CH 2015 - AGMOn one of the warmest inaugural days of the spring, a roomful of eager faces gathered in Bern from all over Switzerland to witness an important first in the life of SIETAR Switzerland – the first ever AGM (Annual General Meeting).


As with all firsts, the evening was full of poignancy and excitement. The legal protocol took center stage. There was the president’s speech, the passing of motions, the approval of financial statements and annual reports, and the election of the president, the board and the auditors. But perhaps the real momentousness of the evening was reserved to the rewarding culmination of the behind-the-scenes efforts of the past seven months.






To be present along with the other members for the first AGM, to witness the deepening of existing networks and the birth of new connections on this new platform of SIETAR Switzerland, ushered a palpable anticipation for the countless nexts that will follow this first.

PanelPANELDuring the panel discussion that proceeded the AGM, four experts weighed in on the topic of why we need intercultural competence in a multicultural Switzerland from different perspectives. 20150324_sietar-19Lamia Lively discussionsBen Hamida explained the importance of the cultural dimension in knowledge transfer in multinational organizations. Michael Büchi described the migration patterns that have made Switzerland multicultural. Alain Max Guénette spoke about intercultural management, while Petra Bourkia informed the audience about the multicultural challenges of nursing and healthcare in Switzerland.20150324_sietar-2320150324_sietar-22

The evening of the first AGM of SIETAR Switzerland was in itself an invitation for collaboration and to continue the dialogue on culture and its encompassing role in the Swiss society. As Dr. Christa Uehlinger, the president mentioned, there is plenty to look forward to as we work alongside our members to grow SIETAR Switzerland together, not only for the good of society and professional merits, but also for our own personal enrichment.



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Interkulturelle Methoden – Ein alpiner interkultureller Workshop


Alpine CooperationGemeinsam mit der neu gegründeten SIETAR Schweiz lud SIETAR Austria zu einem ersten alpinen interkulturellen Workshop.

Sechs TrainerInnen aus 5 Ländern stellten innovative Methoden des interkulturellen Trainings vor.

Ziel war, neue Ansätze aufzuzeigen, denn ein gutes Training zeichnet sich durch Methodenvielfalt aus und spricht verschiedene Lerntypen an. 40 Personen nahmen teil und diskutierten intensiv. Hier einige Eindrücke von den Methoden und beteiligten Trainerinnen.

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