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Center for Intercultural Understanding

About Us

AKIV is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation based in Heidelberg-Germany with cooperating volunteers from around the world. This organization was created to enhance links between different cultures/nations throughout the world. CIU strives for excellence in language and intercultural training in academic, professional, social and other occupational contexts.

Our activities include but not limited to

  • Conducting cross-cultural communication workshops in schools and communities
  • Welcome to Germany project, that counsels all new immigrants on the basic integration requirements in Germany
  • Integration Festival
    An annual one week event that brings cultural groups from all over the world to one location (Music, Dance, Sports, Debates, and more)


Intercultural dialogue is a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange between individuals, groups and organisations with different cultural backgrounds or world views. Among its aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of different perspectives and practices; to increase participation (or the freedom to make choices); to ensure equality; and to enhance creative processes.

 From our point of view of the cultural sector, intercultural dialogue involves public and private cultural / artistic initiatives which bring together individuals/groups from minority/migrant communities together with the majority population in order to enter into a multi-directional communication process.”