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Words of Wisdom from a GYV Alumnus

Words of Wisdom from a GYV Alumnus

In a recent interview, Gianpiero Repole, encouraged GYV alumni to stay connected with one another, and remember the lessons learned at GYV. Gianpiero, a GYV intern in the 80, has lived and worked across the global, from Bologna, Minneapolis, Istanbul, Vienna and Hong Kong Dubai and now London.  Along with his wife and three children, he…

International Dining at GYV: Chef Ron Takes the Cake

International Dining at GYV: Chef Ron Takes the Cake

By: Gonzo Ocampo, GYV ’14 Chef Ron has been providing GYV Participants with exquisite cuisine for the past three summer. After working as a bus boy and at fast food places, he climbed his way up the food industry, spending 10 years opening restaurants and a total of 25 years in the industry.  Each summer,…

Ruby’s Story of Global Friendship

Ruby's Story of Global Friendship

Ruby Cheresnowsky, from Salem, Massachusetts, shares how GYV taught her to believe in herself, trust others and be a force for good My two weeks at the Global Youth Village is an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. My whole life, before GYV, I have felt like I was different….

Discovering Cultures of Asia at GYV Session 1

Discovering Cultures of Asia at GYV Session 1

This summer, a luck group of US students didn’t need to board a twelve-hour flight to discover the hidden treasures of the cultures of Asia.  That’s because students from China, Japan and Taiwan to share their culture, improve their English skills and make friends with American and other international students. In addition to having an…

A New Type of Ice Challenge: Practical Solutions in Northern Iraq

A New Type of Ice Challenge: Practical Solutions in Northern Iraq

Unless you’ve taken a summer holiday from Facebook, you’ve probably noticed your newsfeed flooded with videos of people dumping cold water on their heads.  What is known as the Ice Bucket Challenge encourages people to either donate to the ALS Association in the United States or pour a bucket of ice water onto their head. …

Arts Night and Wacky Games: Evening Programs at the Global Youth Village

Arts Night and Wacky Games: Evening Programs at the Global Youth Village

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…

Try Something New: Electives at the Global Youth Village

Try Something New: Electives at the Global Youth Village

Afternoon Electives are an opportunity for students at GYV to try something new and spend time with their friends form all over the world. During Session 2, teens from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Japan and the United States enjoyed a variety of activities. Students chose between Tile Painting, Dance and Chinese Language & Culture….

“Make Up Your Mind” – a song by GYV 2014 participants

"Make Up Your Mind" - a song by GYV 2014 participants

“Please use your freedom to promote ours.” Aung San Suu Kyi   “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.” Hannah Ardent “We’ve got to take back the ideal of justice, we’ve got to take back this principle of human…

Crossing Cultures on GYV Orientation Day

Crossing Cultures on GYV Orientation Day

A few hours before sunset on July 30th, a mini-bus full of students from Libya, Japan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States arrived at the Global Youth Village.  From that moment on, 26 teens from around the world have worked, played, dined, laughed, overcome challenges and learned together. It has only been 2 and…

Origami, Azonto, Carnivale and Goat Roping: Cultural Sharing at Global Youth Village Session 1

Origami, Azonto, Carnivale and Goat Roping: Cultural Sharing at Global Youth Village Session 1

Cultural Sharing is infused into all the daily activities at the Global Youth Village.  Student have opportunities in workshops to share their perspectives on leadership, each which is colored by individual’s culture and background; share meals from different regions around the world; play sports and games from different countries; and even reenact traditional folktales from…

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