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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,…

Global Mobile Chat: staying connected with friends from around the world

Global Mobile Chat: staying connected with friends from around the world

Over the past few years, the global mobile Internet industry ushered in a new era of IM (instant messaging).  Youth can now use their mobile phone  to chat for free with people all over the world. These applications enable people to communicate with their friends through text messaging and voice messaging. Additionally, people can share…

What Is the MOST IMPORTANT Thing for Chinese Teens?

What Is the MOST IMPORTANT Thing for Chinese Teens?

 by Yani Liu, GYV Social Media and Program Intern Every year from June 7th to June 9th, the whole nation of China prays for teens who attend the National College Entrance Examination, which is considered as the most important thing for Chinese teens and their families. For Chinese students, this annual examination may determine their…

Who’s coming to the Global Youth Village in 2014?

Who’s coming to the Global Youth Village in 2014?

There is only about two weeks until the official start of summer; and less than 6 weeks until the first group of students begin to arrive at the Global Youth Village! This year, we are expecting a diverse group of students from across the United States and abroad.  Students have equally diverse interests, hobbies, family…

Students’ Voices Speak Loudly

Students' Voices Speak Loudly

It’s false thinking to say that adults don’t listen to young people.  Many students feel that they are not heard, but it reality, the voices of youth often get the most attention from adults in power. On Monday, students from Open High School, in Richmond, Virginia  walked out of class and marched to City Hall…

Global Laughs: April Fool’s Day Around the World

Global Laughs: April Fool's Day Around the World

Laughter is an international language!  Known as April Fool’s Day in the United States, many cultures and countries celebrate the springtime with laughter, jokes and pranks. Here’s a few examples:   April Fish – In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, April 1 tradition is often known as “April fish” (poisson…

Sport and Peace: a perfect pair

Sport and Peace: a perfect pair

For decades sport has been recognized as a way to build peace and cooperation among diverse people (that is why the Olympic Games began). Recognizing the value of sport in developing peace, the United Nations has marked April 6th as International Day of Sport for the Development of Peace. At the Global Youth Village, we…

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