The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) is an exchange and dialogue programme of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Since 2005 it offers young professionals and committed volunteers the opportunity to expand their professional and political competence as well as to gather international experience through a stay in another cultural context.
Grants for each fellowship vary by the duration of stay, but a full monthly grant for living expenses is 550 EUR for fellows from abroad. In addition, the following costs are covered by ifa:
- accommodation in Germany
- health insurance
- travel expenses incl. visa fees
- public transportation at destination city
For fellows from Germany the full monthly grant for living expenses is 1100 EUR. These include costs for accomodation and local transport in the host country. In addition, the following costs are covered by ifa:
- health insurance
- refund of travel expenses (economy flight) incl. visa fee
The round trip flight is booked and paid by ifa. Once your travel arrangements have been confirmed and you have received your ticket it is not possible to change its schedule. Extra or oversize luggage that is not included in your ticket cannot be covered by ifa.
You will be informed about the conditions of health insurance and the services provided by ifa when you receive the Fellowship Award Letter.
CCP fellows from abroad will be provided with furnished accommodation in Germany – either a room in a shared apartment or within a family or a small apartment with bathroom and cooking facilities. Electricity, heating and water are included. Internet access or a phone might not be available in the apartment, but can be bought by the CCP fellow.
The apartment and the interior furnishings have to be treated with care by the CCP fellow. Guests are only allowed to stay for a few days after consultation with the owner of the apartment. Costs of any major damages to the apartment, furniture or electrical items have to be covered by the CCP fellow.