Oakville, Ontario (PRWEB) April 25, 2008
With the increasing trend toward globalization, today's youth require training to understand and communicate clearly with other cultures. This intercultural competence is a vital aspect of the EduKick international soccer experience.
With their international soccer boarding schools and camps, associated language classes, and cultural excursions, EduKick soccer exchange programs teach intercultural competence to both high school and university student athletes.
"Intercultural competence allows students to navigate and operate more easily and more sensitively within a variety of international settings," said Joey Bilotta, vice president of EduKick. "With our international soccer boarding schools and language immersion soccer camps, students are living and training in another country, learning another language and culture.
"They interact with peers from all over the world on a daily basis. This international travel experience builds a level of intercultural competence that youth can't get without traveling outside their home country."
Intercultural competence includes specific skills like the ability to evaluate, identify, and adapt to different cultural traits. Students also learn awareness of their own cultural perspectives, personal biases and appropriate communication in different cross-cultural situations.
"Sometimes what seems perfectly normal to us is considered rude or obscene in another country," Bilotta said. "In some Hispanic cultures, for example, nicknames are commonly assigned to friends and associates. Sometimes they aren't very flattering, but at the same time they aren't meant as insults. An example would be 'flaco' (skinny) or 'huesos' (bones), used when referring to slender people."
EduKick soccer camps utilize intercultural competence concepts to build personal, academic and professional skills. According to Bilotta, these training techniques encourage students to shape their own cultural identities and become influential members of an interconnected society.
"With a travel abroad international soccer school, you not only get the intensive soccer training, but also the beneficial experience of actually living in a different culture," Bilotta said. "We incorporate cultural excursions and language learning in addition to the soccer training in order to give our students the most inclusive and unique cultural experience of their lives."
EduKick's international soccer schools and camps span a dozen countries and include half-year and yearlong options. Give your child the language and cultural experience of a lifetime. Visit them online at http://www.edukick.com to register now.
About EduKick, Inc.:
EduKick's mission is to provide intensive soccer development training programs that also teach youngsters cultural diversity and foreign languages. As professionals, soccer fanatics and fathers, Joseph Bilotta and Corey Zimmerman wanted to create programs that maximized the EduKick youth's time abroad; instilling a sense of independence and pride through experiencing international travel, structured language study, cultural excursions, and daily professional soccer training.
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