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   "My learning can be applied to a broader set of circumstances by simple changes and action in my own life. It is actions such as being generous and kind when others do not reciprocate those actions, leading with curiosity before judgment when not knowing the full story, and investing in people on a deeper level that will hopefully create small ripples to affect those around me." Meg Casault (Team Cambodia 2016) 

We are incredibly grateful for your support in kicking off our USEED campaign, $10,000 in 8 days! We have recently increased our goal to $20,000.  The additional $10,000 will go directly towards sending 14 students and 4 leaders to Cambodia, Thailand, and Northern Canada for their 3 month service learning placement. Additionally, the funds will go to the 18 agencies in these locations around the world to protect, provide and promote the Child's Right to Play (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31) through the team's direct volunteer service, playdays, equipment, translated resources, and so on. Our grateful partners include schools, orphanages, community organizations and government agencies where students deliver play, recreation, physical activity and sport to children and youth. 

People of all ages and across all cultures experience play. It is an important activity that children do, to learn about their world. Play is recognized as a human right and is essential for a child's optimal growth and development. Pure play awakens the joyful, creative spirit in us all. 

Play Around the World (PAW) is a service learning course offered by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Students from a variety of disciplines volunteer approximately 35 hours per week for 12 weeks where they gain valuable life skills, and broaden their worldview as they live, learn and work in a culture different from their own. Funds raised will enable students to participate and will directly benefit the agencies PAW serves. Thank you for visiting this campaign site and for your interest in Play Around the World. 

"Before Cambodia I had often wondered how an average person could change the world. I don’t think that is possible. But a person can impact another human being, or a community, and to positively affect one, is enough." Anthony Bourque (Team Cambodia 2014)




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Exploration of Intercultural Effectiveness 

  Published on Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015 at 06:48 PM (MST)
Hello Everyone! My name is Anna and I am part of the team that will be going to Rayong, Thailand this year.  I wanted to share a bit about a topic we are learning about: Intercultural Effectiveness.

Intercultural Effectiveness is a mouthful. And maybe the words seem a bit intimidating, they definitely were to me. However, the gist of the term can be defined as how well an individual is at interacting with people from a different culture than their own. There is something called an IES (intercultural effectiveness scale) scale which measures your intercultural effectiveness score and it has several different components to it. The entire PAW team took this IES survey.The survey analyzes the following elements:
Continuous learning - which refers to how interested we are to learn and be curious about different cultures with a focus on two dimensions (self-awareness and exploration).
Interpersonal engagement - the desire to understand and create relationships with people from different cultures with a focus on two dimensions (global mindset and relationship interest).
Hardiness - which refers to managing emotions, suspending judgment and the ability to learn from setbacks with a focus on two dimensions (positive regard and emotional resilience). 

These three things compile together to create intercultural effectiveness.

At a recent meeting, we had a guest speaker named Leslie Weigel do a workshop with us about this specific topic. It was really interesting to discuss certain things and something that stood out most to me was stress levels. We talked about how simple tasks like eating breakfast or ordering food at a restaurant can cause us more stress when we are in a different culture. We also did some play (of course) that involved one group of students to create a culture while a couple students would leave the room. When they students came back into the room they would to try to figure out the culture and try to interact with the group. It really highlighted some emotions that can arise from situations like this as well as some common reactions that could occur when individuals are placed in a foreign culture. Something I also found really interesting about the IES scale is that when you do the survey it doesn't just give you your results and that’s it. It gives you about a 24 page booklet and discusses your scores in each area and then ways that you can improve your score. Leslie spoke about this a bit and told us that how we would go about improving areas of our intercultural effectiveness is to choose one small thing to do every day. Some examples Leslie gave were to smile at one stranger every day or in stressful situations to pause and take a deep breath. The intention is that from that one small change, after a while we will notice small changes in our lives and hopefully see improvement in that particular area of our intercultural effectiveness.

I would say that the PAW 2015 team is definitely a resilient group and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we are all very excited to learn about the new cultures that we will be immersed in. I think it is important to remember that although we are all different and will react to new cultures in separate ways, it’s important to know that we will always have our team to rely on to have our back. Up until we leave and throughout our placement we will continue to discover this topic as well as learn about each other. 


Thank you for helping us reach our goal!  

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 08:13 PM (MST)
A huge thank you to our 202 supporters! We have reached and surpassed our goal of $20,000 thanks to your generous support. We are so grateful that we have so many people who believe in the work we do as Play Around the World students, and the recognition that funds also directly assist the communities we serve. Your generosity helps immensely in realizing our goal as we learn and serve, locally and globally. Thank You!

The Student Team is busy preparing for their next Playday on Family Day, February 16th, 2015 in Churchill Square from 12:00-4:00 pm. We will be facilitating games and activities to enliven the square; we hope you are able to join us for this free public event. 

We will continue to post updates and encourage you to follow us on twitter @PAW_UAlberta or like our facebook page www.facebook.com/UofAplayaroundtheworld for more information on the student team, events and other news! 






PAW Playdays 

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at 06:08 PM (MST)

Play Around the World was pleased to be a part of the recent Green & Glow Winterfest on the University of Alberta campus, January 30 & 31st. The 2015 student team along with PAW alumni facilitated play activities for kids and families. It was a wonderful weekend of lights, snow and smiles. Students created a magical forest obstacle course for the kids to explore! There was snow painting, snowshoe races, tug of war and more. It was a wonderful way to celebrate alumni and engage their families.  As well, the event served as an opportunity for the students to gain more hands-on experience leading a playday and practicing their play leadership skills.  


The team is continuing with their preparation and are already planning their next playday for Family Day! We hope you will come out to play Monday, February 16th, Churchill Square, Edmonton, from 12:00-4:00 pm.  




Thank you for helping us raise $10,000 in 8 days! 

  Published on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:45 PM (MST)
We are please to announce that together we have reached our initial goal of $10,000 in just 8 days!  We want to thank you, our 103 supporters, for coming together to raise funds for the 2015 Play Around the World team and the communities they will serve. We are now another step closer to sending 14 students to SE Asia and Northern Canada!

Each year the Play Around the World program costs upwards of $60,000.  With support from fundraising initiatives such as USEED, students from diverse backgrounds can pursue their service learning journey and serve in their country location for 3 months. As well, we are able to purchase equipment that the students bring with them and leave with our partner organizations overseas or in Northern Canada. We are also able to provide local play day opportunities here in Edmonton.  Additionally, funds are used for translation services and for final projects that will benefit the program and the agencies we serve. Examples of past student projects include: play presentation to a Thai university, translated games and leadership handbook, sensory rooms/stations for children at schools and a play resource for an Orphanage.

As a team, we are truly grateful for each donation toward making this experience a reality and we have decided to increase our fundraising goal to $20,000, continuing to seek support for the 2015 PAW team and our partners around the world. 

We hope that you will follow the journey as we continue to update you our experiences and service in Edmonton, Alberta, in preparation for our play leadership around the world. Thank you for all your support to date. Please keep the momentum going by sharing within your networks and help us get closer to reaching our new goal of $20,000.

What has the 2015 PAW Team been up to? 

  Published on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 09:44 PM (MST)
We are truly grateful for the support so far in our USEED campaign and can hardly believe that we are over 60% towards our goal. Thank you!!

The past few weeks have marked the beginning of the learning journey for 14 U of A students and their 4 leaders. We have been involved together with team building activities, play samplers, discussion about our own perceptions and the concept of 'curiosity before judgement'. As we prepare to facilitate play and recreation in various cultures, different than our own, the process of journalling as a self-reflective tool is helpful in examining our own assumptions. 

The team is providing a Playday Station at the U of A Alumni Winterfest at the end of January and the creative ideas are coming together for some fantastic snow building, mazes, and more! This event is open to the public, Alumni and families and will be a wonderful celebration of light, fire and snow!
http://http//alumni.ualberta.ca/events/centennial/winterfest





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Play Equipment

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Skipping Ropes, Chalk, Pool Noodles, Balls etc *All equipment will be left with PAW partners in Asia and Northern Canada.

Transportation

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A tuk tuk or song teow ride to agency site.

Play Day Station

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Help us buy all the materials needed to successfully run one station at a playday! Station examples include: Boxes, Blocks and Building, Science Zone, Water Play and Active Games

Language Lesson

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One Team Language Lesson (teams receive one lesson per week).

Translation Services or a Field Trip for Kids

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Translated resources to leave with partner agencies overseas or a field trip/outing for the children and youth in SE Asia or NWT.

Parachute

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Help provide a brightly coloured, lightweight nylon Parachute! When children work together to make the parachute billow, they also refine perceptual motor skills and develop a sense of rhythm. Parachute games foster cooperative skills.

Flight

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Contribute to the cost of sending one student to their destination.