Evenings at GYV are a time for teens to come together, work as a team and enjoy a variety of fun and engaging activities. Some nights are spent sharing cultures with one another, some evening bring youth together in smaller groups – such as cabin nights, and some nights are just plain WACKY.
Wacky Games in an annual favorite at the Global Youth Village – students split into small groups to complete Wacky Relays, Feats of Silliness and Games of Mayhem. The goal of Wacky Games is to improve teamwork, release energy and most importantly – Have Fun! During Session 2, Wacky Games included a Mummy Zombie Relay, Dizzy-Spinny Bat Relay, Water Balloon Dogeball, Tongue Twisters in three different languages and a Watermelon eating contest. Dan, from New York, was a star during the Watermelon eating contest!
Arts Night was an opportunity for students to relax and tap into their creative side. Participants chose between three activities for the evening: Origami, led by participant Haruhi from Japan; Creative Dramatics; or Famous Painting ReMix. Lilia, from Massachusetts; and Saha, from Libya portrayed a dueling duo – a “Man Eating Banana Monster” and “Master Banana Detective”, during the Creative Dramatics portion of the evening. “It was a fun way to get creative and work together to write a perform a short play.” says Lilia. Nayef, from Saudi Arabia, opting for a painting activity where students completed “remixes” of famous paintings. Participants were encouraged to take their own spin on classics – a one eyed Mona Lisa, Starry Night in neon colors or Nayef’s minimalist interpretation of Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory”.
Upcoming Evening programs include Global Issues Night; Appalachian Dancing with the Hoorah Cloggers and “Middle East Focus Night” when students from Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Americans of Persian decent will present food, music, dance and photos from their home countries and cultures. Samah Rash, from Virginia, who studies Arabic music will play the Daf, a popular Iranian drum, alongside her teach Anne Elise Thomas, who plays the Kanun.