Students Connecting Cultures
The project began in 2016 during an Erasmus stay in Istanbul. At that time, some of us noticed that fewer and fewer students were doing an exchange semester in Istanbul and Turkey. Students from the Department of Political and Administrative Sciences at the University of Konstanz and the International Relations Club at Marmara University in Istanbul took up this idea and agreed: We needed to talk more to each other and less about each other. Under the motto "Building Bridges", they developed the concept for the unique IstKon Student Exchange project.
In summer 2018, we founded our non-profit association to transfer the idea to other exchange projects, to offer alumni a platform for networking and to reach even more young people. With our association work we would like to create an intercultural experience in the sense of international understanding for young people, and enable projects that aim for these goals to be realised.
Our ways of working together
We have an open approach of working together within the association. To accomplish that, we meet regularly to discuss current issues and new ideas.
Our project teams work independently and self-organized. On their journey to set up and carry out an exchange project from initiation phase to finding sponsors and participants, our senior members support them with experience and professional advice. A particular focus of our work is the qualification and active learning of the organizers.
Find more on our principles in our charter.