Johanna Ulherr, Konstanz

IstKon is an other intercultural experience which broadened my horizon, it encouraged me to visit Turkey and to discover the culture by experiencing it.

Before IstKon I was excited to meet new people and get to know the Turkish culture. I was aware that there is a difference between how Turks see their culture and how children of Turkish immigrant see the Turkish culture and I wanted to learn more about how people from turkey perceive it. I was interested in how they perceive the German culture and Germany.

My experience during IstKon couldn’t have been better. My guest was such a kind girl, we had so much fun together and I learned a lot about Turkey and the Turkish culture thanks to her and our interesting and diverse conversations. The workshops we held for each other were enriching and interesting. The most moving experience was a testimonial from a refugee which crossed multiple countries to get to Europe.

But there were also challenges: The most challenging experience was to develop an “understanding” for each other when we had very different interpretations of the same situation, but I think we mastered it well. The group as a whole grew together very quickly, even though we were so many people. IstKon is an other intercultural experience which broadened my horizon, it encouraged me to visit Turkey and to discover the culture by experiencing it.