At the Global Youth Village, we talk a lot about crossing-cultures, strengthening leadership and building communications skills. But how do the youth at GYV actually do this? What do they do during each day at GYV? For those of you who haven’t been to GYV and are curious about what life at the Village is like, here is a brief overview of “A Day in the Life of a Global Youth Villager”:
7:45 – Wake Up
Students greet the day early at the Village. Mornings are spent cleaning the cabin, and getting ready for the day ahead
8:45 – Breakfast
As many people know, GYV is (mostly) a meatless society. Some favorite breakfast foods here are: toast + Nutella, scrambled eggs w. fresh herbs, cottage cheese + fruit, oatmeal and French Toast
9:30 – 12:30 – Workshops
Session 1 workshops including: “English Language and American Culture”, “Be the Change”: Leadership Training; and “Arts and Human Rights”.
On Tuesday, the English Language and American Culture practice English tongue twisters by playing a game similar to “Musical Chairs”. If a student was caught out of a chair when the music stopped playing, they could challenge another student to a Tongue Twister. Whoever had the best pronunciation, won the chair. Yu Zhe, from the south of China, surprised the class with her excellent English pronunciation!
Across the campus during the “Arts and Human Rights” workshop, students had a discussion on what human rights mean to them. One theme that came out of the conversations was personal freedom. Students from around the world are in this workshop, so naturally many different opinions arise, but students are taught specific tools that allow them to listen with respect, even when someone has an opinion vastly different than their own.
During the “Be the Change”, students made mind-maps of what leadership means to them. After they made individuals mind-maps, the got into small groups and mad a group mind-map that represent the group’s idea of what leadership is.
12:45 – Lunch
By the time workshops are over, students (and staff!) are ready for some food! Favorite lunch dishes include: homemade pizza, salad with basil dress (basil from our organic garden!) and grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup!
1:45 – 2:30 -Siesta
GYV takes page out of Spain’s book, and Villagers have a nice Siesta after lunch. Students also rotate through phone and email time during Siesta, so they can call home and share their stories with friends and family
2:30 – 3:30 – Electives
Electives are fun activities that teach something new to each student. Electives run in 3-day cycles. This cycle, participants chose between: “So You Think You Can Dance GYV Style”; Chinese Language and Culture, and “You are the News”.
In Chinese Language and Cultures, students learned Chinese greetings, completed traditional Chinese paper cutting and origami and practice Chinese calligraphy. A small group of students came together in the “You are the News” elective to write stories for a GYV newspaper. Stay tuned to the blog for features, opinions, articles and comics from the GYV newspaper.
Students in the dance elective learned ballet, salsa and K-Pop (Korean pop dance), check out the videos below:
What will Cycle 2 Electives be? You’ll have to check back to see!
3:30-4:00 GYV Cafe
The Cafe opens in the afternoons for refreshments, shacks and hang-out time under the porch. The cafe is complete with a porch swing and wind chimes and allows students a time to relax and catch up with friends.
This time is dedicated to Teambuilding, Leadership and Community. Students form “family groups” (each family is named after the phrase “thank you” in different languages). Each family group rotates through a variety of activities with each family group participating in each activity by the end of camp. On Tuesday, family group “Spasibo” (thanks Russia for “Thank You”) visited the GYV Organic Garden to learn about how to garden feeds the GYV community (and how the GYV community feeds the garden – through compost!) Frank, from Poland, particularly enjoyed learning about compost, while Ruby, from Massachusetts and
Guatemala was interested in the cactus flower growing
in Virginia! Devi from Maryland enjoyed smelling the Bee Balm , but when the group tried the edible flowering
plant (which is what Early Grey tea is made from!) Haruhi, from Japan, didn’t care for the taste.
5:00-6:30 Rec Time
Global Youth Villagers are busy, so Rec time is an opportunity to “take it easy”. Students can shoot hoops on the Basketball Court, swim at the Swimming Pool (cross your fingers there is not thunder!), enjoy the art studio or simply hang out at the cabin with new friends. Or, for those sleepy campers, a nap is needed!
6:45- 7:30 Dinner
Dinner is not a formal affair, but the food is delicious, and they kitchen is full of surprises. After the group
discussed Food and Dining Across Cultures during Monday night’s Discussion Night, many students were surprised to hear than Frank, from Poland, loves pasta with cottage cheese and strawberries. Our Food Services Director Ron, thought it would be a great idea to make the dish, so students who thought the dishes sounded odd could try it. Everyone was surprised how delicious it was! Keep checking back, because Ron may even post the recipe here so you can re-create the dish at home!
After dinner, students and staff gather together on the Soccer Field to share highlights from their day. Gathering time is often a special time to say Thank You to a new friend, and to share learnings from morning workshops and electives.
8:30 – 10pm Evening Program
Evening programs are a time for fun, laughter and teambuilding. Our first night this session was “Folktale Night”, where small groups of students acted out traditional folktales from around the world. Staff and students are always surprised by the theatrical ability of the students! This year, Kofi, from Ghana, and Naomi, from Crow Nation, starred as a stubborn couple is almost let their pride cost them their home in India’s “The Silent Couple”.
10:00-11:00pm Cabin Time
Youth gather together back at their Cabin homes to get ready for bed and enjoy some late evening bonding. Cabin activities range from discussions about one another’s cultures to activities like bracelet making, dance parties and card games. Cabin Paz (all the cabins are named “Peace” in different languages) gather together last night to make origami cranes!
11:00pm Lights Out
Time to go to sleep and rest up for another full day tomorrow!