Culture steps for non-natives
The number of foreigners living in Estonia is increasing steadily, and for many the Estonian customs and traditions are alien. Surveys show that expats have difficulties in learning Estonian and integrating into Estonian society. Participation at cultural programs and having contacts with local people makes the integration process easier.
2018-2022 the Estonian Institute ran a project “Culture Step“ in Estonia. The project was funded by the European Social Fund through the Integration Foundation and it offers study trips, lectures and discussions for non-natives in Tallinn and Harju county. The programme was aimed at people whose native language is not Estonian and who are interested in Estonian culture, nature, history and everyday life. The program included visits to places where Estonians go, show aspects of Estonian culture, enabled people get to know locals and to establish local connections. In 2019 the program was also opened for people living in Ida-Viru county.
The program was available in English and Russian.
Read a experience review by Auburn Scallon in the Estonian World magazine.
The projectwas partnered with local cultural establishments and NGOs (Estonian Open Air Museum, Estonishing Events, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Museum of Tallinn, Central Library etc).
The project was funded by the European Social Fund through the Integration Foundation.