This year, 14 cheerful individuals, representing 6 different countries and 5 different languages have joined our team: Christine, Danielle, Laura, Lingling, Maria, Matt, Pax, Tony, Yani, Venera, Ron, Isa, Hameed and Zach. Each of them possesses lots of substantial skills that they will offer to our program. GYV staff members are from different culture backgrounds and have a variety of work and travel experience across the globe. So there is a lot of diversity!
“Staff Training is a good opportunity to connect staff members before we start to help with the program,” said by Danielle, English Language and U.S. Culture instructor She has worked as an English teacher in South Korea for the past two years. She has also studied Thai language in Thailand! She says, “I like that we can exchange our ideas for GYV and our cultural experience together during the training time.”
As part of their team building exercises, they completed “The Great
Mattress Relay” – a teambuilding challenge and a practical way to move camper mattresses out of winter storage! All the members cooperated together and they turned the boring work into an exciting relay game – and a job that usually takes 2 hours, only took 15 minutes. Talk about a Win-Win situation! The staff team even names themselves the “Flying Springs!”
In addition to the Great Mattress Relay, staff shared new games and team building challenges which GYV participants will learn soon! The team completed a classic ”Human Knot”, played ”The Question Game” and another activity call ”The Tree Exercise”. This activity allowed staff to share their heritage, their hopes for the future and ways they find personal strength. Check out a few samples of three of our staff members “Trees”:
The GYV staff excited to meet all the students attending GYV this summer – we’ll see some of you in under a week!