Frequently asked questions
When and where is the next workshop supposed to be held?
The next Cross Cultural Communication Workshop is going to be held from the 13th till the 19st of July in 2015 in Pécs, at the Univerity of Pécs at the Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources.
How often is the workshop going to be held?
The workshop has been organized in every two years since 2009. After the workshop in 2015 the next one is expected to be in the summer of 2017.
How does the program of the Encounter looks like?
The Program, offered by the organisers, is not invariable: if participants would like to vary it, they’ll be able to do so. The encounter usually looks as follows:
Registration on Monday afternoon, from 13:30. Registration in time is important, so that participants would have enough time to occupy their rooms, arrange their meal needs, and choosing small groups in which they wish to participate in. The opening of the event will take place at 17:00 within a standing reception, for which all participants are welcomed. After that comes a playful get-to-know event and common evening program.
From Tuesday till Saturday, large groups will be from 9 till 11 everyday, after which a 30 minutes break will come. Small groups will be from 11:30 till 13:30, lunch between 13:30 and 14:30, topic groups from 14:30 till 16:00, and another 30 minutes break. From 16:30 till 18:30 there will be another small group, dinner between 18:30 and 20:00, and from 20:00 optional programs for everyone: cooking, Hungarian Folkdance Workshop, playing music, entertainment. On Thursday, the morning large group will be an „ambitious” one, as the group will set a goal ( e.g. creating a work of art, doing some activity), and will do everything for it. On Sunday morning the program will be closed with farewell groups: with large group, and if required, with small groups, as well.
What is a small group?
The encounter’s main guideline is small group. Participants can register to the facilitator(pair)’s groups on the first day (on Monday or on Tuesday morning). Small groups consist of about 10-15 people. Groups formed on the first days won’t change during the week, and they will gather together twice everyday. In these groups, everything will happen according to what the participants want. There is no given theme, no bounderies, no expectations. Usually they are intensive self-recognition and social processes. For more information on encounter groups see: Carl Rogers - On Encounter Groups.
What is a large group?
The encounter’s second main element is the large group. Every morning all the participants will meet for 2 hours, and everything will happen according their needs: there are no bounderies, nor expectations. Large community groups does not necessarily have a facilitator – the group will decide on this. The interesting thing about large communty groups is that they cannot be experienced in this way ( in a person-centered way but without bounderies), only at an encounter like this.
What do we call a topic group or workshop?
The topic group is a one and a half hour long seminar-style event, which will be held at the same time every day. There will be many workshops at the same time in different rooms discussing different
topics. You can sign up for these prior on the spot.Each workshop will be repeated at least twice on two different days.During the workshop its leader presents a topic which will be discussed by the group together. The workshop can be practical as well - for example art-therapy.
Who can create a topic group? Who can be a topic group leader?
Each participant has the opportunity to hold workshops. If you intent to create one please let us know on your application form and please attach an abstract of your topic no longer than half a page until the 31st of May on the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any facilitator in the workshops?
No, there is no facilitator in the workshops, as its participants can change each day. Its composition is ad hoc, depends on who signed up for that prior, and it regards only for that one and half hour long
What does ’facilitator’ mean?
Generally speaking, a facilitator is a person, who stimulates the group processes, who helps the group members cooperate in order to achieve their common objectives.
The facilitator of the person-centered encounter-group trusts the group processes as they are formed by the group members in the HERE and NOW, and helps without structuring and directing them.
Who can be a facilitator?
If you wish to be a facilitator, please let us know your intention on your application form in the specified field. Facilitator can be everyone who already have experiences in being one, or those who can turn in a cover letter and prove their suitability with detailing their previous experiences.Your application will be discussed by a group of facilitators.
Are there going to be programs every day from Monday to Sunday?
Yes. On Monday afternoon we do the registration of the participants, in the early evening we are planning to hold a reception and we try to get to know each other better. We advise everyone to arrive
on Monday 2 hours prior the reception the latest so we can finish the registration and everyone could get their accomodation in time. On Sunday we close the week long workshop with two "farewell groups", with a large and a small one.
Is it possible to participate only for 1 or 2 days?
It is possible, but it is not worth it. Based on our experiences the new arrivals might feel uncomfortable when hopping into a group whose members already know each other. The small
groups formed on day 1 have the right to enclose themselves so new arrivals cannot join later. It means that unfortunately we cannot guarantee that participants arriving on day 2, 3 or later can actually join to any of the small groups. Those participants who decide to depart early leave with unprocessed feelings and experiences which would be unpleasant and could cause damage for them. All the group facilitators aspire to quicken and stimulate the group processes during getting to know other participants so a safe environment could develop. The presence of a new arrival could possibly interrupt this. At the end of the week-long workshop the facilitators help the groups to smooth the possibly raised conflicts and to take the newly gained experiences to the outside world to
make use of in the future. Those who depart early could leave with loose ends which would be bad both for them and other members of the group.
There are different subjects and problems discussed in the large groups and in the workshops so those who got refused by small groups can still take part in other activities of the workshop.
How much is the participation fee if I want to attend to the workshop for only a few days?
If you choose not to join the workshop for the whole week, but for a few days, your payment will be proportional.
Is there any group discount?
5-8 people: -25%
9-14 people: -35%
Over 15 people: -50 % discount.
What are the requirements of getting group discount?
In order to get group discount all you need is to apply on the same day and also you have to transfer the money at once. We fill in a receipt with the received amount to your requested address. You can
get group discount even if you got other discounts too (for example student/teacher discounts).
The composition of the group can change so the participation fee is freely negotiable, however, we require you to let us know the change on the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
How much is the daycare for children?
We are planning to have it for free.
Where will be the accomodation?
In 2013 most of participant choosed dormitory near the location of the event: Accomodation
Do I have to stay at one of the accomodations listed on this website or can I organize it on my
The accomodations listed on our website are only suggestions, nobody is obliged to use them.
Which language are we going to use during the event?
The whole event is bilingual, it is in English and Hungarian. We provide simultaneous translation.
Do we need translation both in the workshops and small groups?
If there is anyone in the group who doesn't understand the language spoken by the majoritiy of the group we provide interpretation.