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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…

Learning by Doing at the Global Youth Village: Songwriting and Community Service

Learning by Doing at the Global Youth Village: Songwriting and Community Service

At the Global Youth Village, we believe that young people learn the best by doing.  We also believe that youth have the most fun when they are engaging in their world in meaningful ways.  Of course recreation activities like swimming, sports and tie-dye are a blast – but we know that the kind of experience…

A Day in the Life of a Global Youth Villager

A Day in the Life of a Global Youth Villager

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…

Values, Visions and Teamwork: Orientation Day at the Global Youth Village

Values, Visions and Teamwork: Orientation Day at the Global Youth Village

Today, 22 students, from 9 different countries, came together for their first full day at the Global Youth Village.  This group is one of GYV’s most diverse- in our 35 history!  After waking up in their new “home away from home” – their cabins – students went off to breakfast to fill their bellies for…

Staff Training Kicks off with Diverse Staff, Teambuilding and FUN

Staff Training Kicks off with Diverse Staff, Teambuilding and FUN

Global Youth Village Summer Staff have arrived on campus!  This week teachers, students (from undergrad – P.H.D.), chefs, administrators, tour guides and professionals from across the world are building the team that will lead the Village for the rest of the summer.  GYV staff members are seasoned professions in the fields of arts, leadership, language,…

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