Elan Interculturel is an organisation created by psychologists, researchers, trainers – most of whom were immigrants in Paris – who were interested in exploring and developing new methods to facilitate intercultural communication, collaboration and adaptation.
The main objectives of Elan Interculturel are:

  • To create a better understanding of how diversity affects our life,
  • To raise awareness of the resources inherent in diversity and
  • To develop competences for individuals and organisations to benefit from cultural diversity and cross-cultural transitions.

Our work concentrates around three thematic poles:

  • Development of intercultural competences for professionals, mostly in the education, social and health sectors.
  • Developing skills for integration and entrepreneurship for migrants in particular women migrants
  • Art mediation, using artistic creation and the encounter with art as a means for dialogue and personal development,

Since its creation Elan Interculturel provided intercultural training to more than 1000 professionals working in the social, education and health sectors, offered number of workshops for migrants, people in intercultural mobility, participated in more than twenty European partnerships on different aspects and target groups of intercultural dialogue and adaptation.
In carrying out its mission Elan counts on a multicultural team with members coming from a variety of countries and continents. Seven paid staff members and six long-term interns (“volontaires civiques”) and a circle of motivated members and volunteers.
In the LALI project élan will serve the project team as coordinator organisation and will ensure that the intercultural approach is well integrated in the pedagogical tools that we develop together.

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