Dear Prospective Travellers , Industry representatives and “Edventurers” ,
I would like to introduce ourselves to you. We are Intercultural Consulting Group or easier to remember is ICG !
Intercultural Consulting Group has been operating since 2000 offering educational opportunities for a wide range of age groups from school groups to adult and special interest groups. ICG is a registered business and operates in a philanthropic environment. The group founders Michael and Donna Fiechtner are both qualified educationalists/teachers having over 60 years of educational experience between them having worked at all levels of education both in Australia and Internationally. Both having developed educational facilities in Japan and implementing relevant international educational opportunities for children and adults alike while living there. Michael and Donna have two grown children who experienced education in Japan first hand and today are truly part of the multicultural global society.
ICG has taken a variety of school groups and adult groups to Japan over the last 15 years and developed a network of contacts that provide both cultural and educationally diverse opportunities. Both Michael and Donna are well versed in Japanese life and know the country well.
An inbound program also has provided Japanese immersion opportunities into Australia. ICG has extensive relationships with a range of contacts in Japan who provide unique experiences not found elsewhere. It also has a dedicated Japanese office operating as Hiroshima International College.
ICG has provided indigenous educational opportunities in Japan also on a number of occasions and ICG has a unique relationship with The Hiroshima Peace Foundation and has worked closely in the area of Peace education . During 2013, ICG toured a Hiroshima Peace Exhibition in Brisbane , Canberra and Sydney working with the Red Cross to tell the story of Hiroshima and the need for World Peace. In August 2013 , 9 former British Commonwealth Occupation Force soldiers took part in a tour to Japan to remember the events of August 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The 9 former soldiers aged from 85- 92 took part in commemorative events in Hiroshima and Tokyo as well as extensive sightseeing opportunities at the Invitation of the Hiroshima Mayor. ICG knows Japan from a very personal level and opportunities provided concentrate on real cultural and social experiences.
Recently ICG has turned its attention to the battlefields of France and Belgium hosting tours to coincide with ANZAC DAY at Villers Bretonneux in France on the Somme. These tours aim to highlight the growing interest in World War 1 history. ICG has developed a close relationship with Vignacourt in Northern France ,the home of the LOST DIGGER glass photographic plates, now part of a travelling exhibition during the Centenary commemorations of World War 1 and offering very personal insights into the war years.
During July and early August 2014, ICG organised and hosted a group of 12 Youth Ambassadors from Vignacourt France and facilitated visits to 5 states and 1 territory to meet living descendants of those Aussie Diggers photographed in 1916-1918. Besides meeting the descendants, the group also met with the Australian Prime Minister for a 35 minute reflective opportunity.
Hiroshima in Japan and Ypres in Belgium are closely linked as cities of World Peace, Both having been destroyed in time of war. Plans are also underway for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day tours for 2015 and beyond which includes a visit to Japan to view Cherry Blossom season before travelling to Paris and the battlefields of the Somme and Salient.
ICG has recently collaborated with the Korea Foundation to offer Youth Leadership opportunities to multicultural Korean students and will work to grow this network to a range of countries and schools exchanging world views and hopefully helping to create the leaders of tomorrow. It is hoped to convene a world youth conference in Ypres Belgium in 2018 to co-incide with the 100 anniversary of the Armistice of World War one to focus on world Peace and what youth can do for the future.
ICG is also proud to have been chosen to provide the supporters tour to the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan in May. We wish Brisbane Boys College success as they take on the rest of the world in this highly anticipated event.
ICG is working collaboratively with QUT (Queensland University of Technology) on a range of developing projects in India and also with the Creative Arts Faculty. Student visits to India as well as the Western Front and collaborating to design and develop an interpretive centre in Vignacourt France are in the planning stages.
A book telling the imaginable story behind the Thuillier photographic plates of Vignacourt and a feature film are also presently in development.
At ICG we love offering the most interesting and unique experiences possible. We want people to come back again and again and see what else they can do with us.
As teachers we know the curriculum and needs of students well and our school experiences are not off the shelf trips but specially designed “edventures”
For Industry and adult groups we focus on what the group wants to experience and set out to ensure that the best is offered .
We have major links with a range of industries providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and site visits.
ICG is a small provider of unique and outstanding cultural, educational, historical and tailor made opportunities for all ages.
We are dedicated and committed to providing unforgettable experiences that leave lasting memories.
Checkout our website that aims to inform and interest people on the projects that we are involved in.
Follow our Facebook page Intercultural Consulting Group where we aim to let everyone see what we are up to and follow our journeys through pictures and interesting articles from around the travel world!
AT ICG we “Dare to Dream and We Live the Future and its challenges through the world of travel experiences !”
Let us create a unique experience for you, your school group , industry group or adult groups now.
Michael and Donna Fiechtner
InterCultural Consulting Group
Supporting Intercultural opportunities.
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23 Corona Avenue Ashgrove Brisbane 4060
Tel: +61 7 33666824 Fax: +61 7 33666823 Mobile 0417710120