In our interconnected world, we interact with people from different cultures on a daily basis. 

Assumptions are made interpreting comments, reactions and behaviors. The result is often miscommunication because of a culture difference.

These miscommunications can be extremely costly to organizations and relationships.


Melinda Cain from Real World Solutions has agreed to conduct an important intercultural communication training for Freshwater interns, volunteers and friends. 

Friday, May 13th 
9:00 a.m.-1:30p.m. (LUNCH PROVIDED)


Real World Solutions provides practical training and coaching in intercultural awareness and competence for professionals and organizations in business, health care, education, and community services.

Since many of you are traveling to Malawi, or have traveled to Malawi, the training with be catered to this culture (and ours) with application exercises centered around water, sanitation, hygiene issues in Malawi. But, if your organization or research focuses on other cultures or issues, this training will still be extremely helpful in providing a tool kit that can be used for real world intercultural situations that many of us face every day in school, work and life. I’m excited to offer this opportunity and thankful to Melinda for agreeing to share her expertise with us!

Please mark your calendars for 2 days of training: Friday, May 13th and Friday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m.-noon. 

Freshwater Project International Offices:
1224 Washington Ave
Ste 10
Golden, CO 80401

If you can join us, please RSVP to HEIDI at


Awareness and Cultural Understanding

Participants become aware of the benefits and challenges in working with other cultures. 

Outcomes include enhanced understanding of the nature and impact of culture, the use of cultural generalizations, the problems with stereotypes, and the importance of "switching cultural shoes." 

Assessment:  Effective Intercultural Communication

Effective communication across cultures involves key skill sets and self-assessment. Using the Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI), participants assess their key intercultural skills, identifying both strengths and areas of improvement. Participants also become familiar with their Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and apply that insight to intercultural interaction. 

Knowledge Base:  Culture General Framework

Participants build their intercultural competence through knowledge of key cultural value orientations such as identity, communication styles, view of power distance, openness to change and risk and view of time. This culture general approach is augmented by specific country knowledge as requested. 

Application of the Tool Kit to Real World Situations

Participants engage in extensive discussion and application of the tool kit to individual and group contexts. This practice develops confidence in using the tools in real world situations.