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Researching different cultures is a fun and inclusive way to celebrate World Thinking Day. And the more guests you invite, especially those from other countries, the greater the learning experience. Based on the ages and interests of the girls, consider how the following booths or activities might be incorporated or adapted when planning a global event.
Issue passports to "travelers" to exhibits, or arrange for special tours led by older girls. To make passports, set up a photo station with a digital camera, a computer, and a printer. Travelers could receive a stamp or a sticker for each booth they visit.
A day in the life...
Select a country and research what a typical day is like for a girl living there. The 2013 World Thinking Day Focus Countries provide a great place to start.
Dreams for the World
Display artwork, stories, or poems by girls that depict their hopes and dreams for the world (encourage all types of media—e.g., collage, drawings, paintings, videos.)
Learn about a culture through its music, types of instruments used, and how these instruments are made. Check your local library's selection of world music or visit Smithsonian Global Sound.
Schedule a sing-along of Girl Guide or Girl Scout songs from around the globe.
Organize an international cook-off: prepare and sample ethnic foods.
Map the ingredients: investigate the country of origin for recipe ingredients. Display a map charting the journey of the ingredients to the U.S.
Create a cookbook: make a recipe book, including interesting facts or quizzes about the country or culture.
Schedule speakers: girls who have participated in international destinations or other Girl Scout travel programs, or who have lived abroad.
Contact the Peace Corps Speakers Match to be put in touch with returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) and invite them to speak about their experiences. Before the event, have girls research the country. What issues affect girls there?
Invite international exchange students for girls to interview. To locate nearby exchange students, reach out to your local high school or contact the following cultural exchange programs, and ask for your local club or chapter contact information:
Invite local museum educators, curators, or librarians to talk about similarities and differences between cultures.
"As-Sal-mu Alaykum" (hello in Arabic) and other greetings
Invite girls and parents of girls who speak other languages or language teachers from local schools to teach simple phrases in different languages.
Juliette Low Wishing Well
Design a wishing well where girls can drop in coins and make wishes on behalf of Girl Guide and Girl Scout sisters around the world. Send contributions to the Juliette low World Friendship Fund.
Stories from around the World
Research legends or folktales from countries around the world. Then create and perform a play or a puppet show, or make a presentation.
Think globally, act locally
Investigate a community problem or issue that has a global dimension (e.g., water contamination or water scarcity).
Organize a service project to learn more about the issue and how to address it.
Learn more about Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in another country from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) website.
Display images of the World centers using the World Centers resources. Invite girls or adult volunteers who have visited the world centers to present information on the countries where these centers are located, as well as what can be done while visiting there.
Where in the World
Research the countries of origin of imported products in a supermarket, department store, or home supply store. Have girls create and display a map that charts the journey of the products to the U.S. Invite anyone involved with manufacturing, purchasing, or sales—for example, a toy manufacturer, a produce manager, a restaurateur, or a car dealer— to discuss how she or he chooses products.
Visit a local museum to learn more about the similarities and differences between cultures. Share what you have learned with others in culture booths that feature dances, crafts, games, art, and music from countries or regions of the world. Invite anyone from the community who may be able to display crafts, perform traditional dances, or offer other information about the culture of a country.