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"Within the context that I worked, I can now say first hand, that play is universal. Language barriers and cultural differences, although important, do not get in the way of facilitating play.  I have learned that play is a combination of people, ideas and desires, and it has changed my perspective on how it can be delivered, especially in a different cultural context." Anna Knight (Team Rayong 2015



People of all ages and across all cultures experience play. It is an important activity that children do, to learn about themselves, others and the world around them. 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 32 hours per week for 12 weeks where they gain valuable life skills, and broaden their worldview, living and working in a culture different from their own. Students will be facilitating play, recreation and sport in a variety of contexts and focus on the protection, promotion and provision of the Child's Right to Play (Article 31 UNCRC). 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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Adapted Physical Activity 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016 at 08:10 PM (MST)

We as the 2016 Play Around the World team have had the privilege of coming together week after week to learn more about the profound effects of play, and to be dramatically shaped and reshaped by its transformative powers. Some of the greatest lessons that I have learned regarding play stem from the understanding that even though we can find people engaging in play all over the world, play as it stands cannot be universally defined. Consequently, play takes on many forms, shapes, and styles depending on who the player is. I have also come to a greater understanding of how truly essential play is to human development, which is a powerful reason for why it should be made readily available for all humans to experience. During this past month our team had the privilege of learning with Dr. Nancy Spencer Cavaliere through discussions on how we can use our knowledge of play to challenge our assumptions about disability and adapting, and what we learned was this:

1.      As play leaders it is our job to promote inclusion amongst all whom we are lucky enough to work with, regardless of ability. Meaning that we must create play spaces that not only provided people with the opportunity to play, but that we must create environments that allow people to be themselves so that they can engage in play in a way that makes the most sense for them without judgment.

2.      This means that we as leaders must suspend our assumptions about what we believe specific games or activities should look like. When we set aside our personal expectations about what we believe play should be, we leave room to creatively explore what it could be, based on individual needs and desires.

As we begin our play journey with the children in our destination cities we will have the privilege of working with a wide variety of populations. This experience will challenge our ability to be innovators and creators, but most of all it will challenge our ability to be adaptive and flexible. We are lucky because we will be surrounded by hundreds of play experts who will guide us through our play journeys. These play experts are, of course, the children we will be working with. Each of them will undoubtedly guide us with both verbal and non-verbal cues that will show us what they need from us to play their best play.

Play, like people, is universal but players, like the games they play, come in many extraordinary forms. Our PAW team is very much looking forward to implementing our adaptive teachings and creativity in a multitude of different ways as we set out to support every player and their right to play.  


THANK YOU from PAW 2016! 

  Published on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 07:21 PM (MST)

Thank you so much to all of our supporters that helped us reach our USEED goal of $20,000 in 30 days! Aukoun, Krup Khun Ka, Masi Cho, Gracias, Thank you. (Khmer, Thai, Dene, Spanish, English). Each and every donation is appreciated toward supporting this learning journey for the student team, and thanks extend beyond our borders from the many organizations we serve, at home and abroad.  


The Blanket Exercise 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 06:23 PM (MST)

This week we took part in a participatory workshop to help us understand how colonization of the land in Canada has impacted the people who live here long before settlers arrived. We explored the nation-to-nation relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada. The session began with an Elder leading us through a smudging ceremony and teaching. The blankets represented the land indigenous peoples occupied years ago and throughout the exercise the land either shrunk or disappeared at historical points in the 'story'. It was a powerful and interactive way to learn and whether wherever the teams are heading on their cultural journey (NWT, Peru, Cambodia, Thailand) the teaching served as a valuable step towards building our intercultural competence. 


Smudge Ceremony



Blanket Exercise 


Playday Training Session 

  Published on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at 12:36 AM (MST)

The PAW team is preparing to run a Playday in Edmonton at Churchill Square for Family Day on February 15th! Imagine an event with a series of unique and playful activity offerings exploring a range of themes: magic, science, games, box building, art and sensory play. The team is learning about play leadership and how to facilitate the experience for children and families with maximum play value and attention to a rich play environment. We hope to turn ordinary spaces into extraordinary places! All teams (NWT, Peru, Cambodia and Thailand) will be running Playdays in their placement locations, and what better way than to practice at home (Canada). Many of our PAW Alumni will be assisting and feel so passionate about Play for All that they continue to be part of the local play initiatives as a result of their global experience as a PAW student.

Team 2016 hopes you'll join in the fun on Feb.15th and enliven your playful spirit! 



PAW Team Update - Here's what we've been up to! 

  Published on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at 09:38 PM (MST)

We are truly grateful for the responses and support so far in our campaign and want to share a short update about what our team has been doing. 

The learning journey has begun for 14 U of A students and their 4 leaders with team building, 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. 

There is much to learn and prepare in the next 4 months before the team divides, departs (Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, NWT Canada) and engages with our community partners around the world. Thank you for supporting this global initiative! 



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Play equipment

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Skipping Ropes, Chalk, Pool Noodles, and Balls of all types! All equipment will be left with our PAW partners in Asia, Peru and Northern Canada.

Transportation

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A tuk tuk, song teow or bus 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 lessons

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One team language lesson during the in-country placement.

Play space project

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A gift of this amount can help turn a space into a play place for children (field, tarmac, playground, sensory play room, indoor multipurpose space...).

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.

Parachute

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

Flight

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Contribute to the cost of sending one student to their destination