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Diversity Games: Experiencing culture through activity

  • Diversity Games: Experiencing culture through activity

The Intercultural Centre was excited to offer Diversity Games 2018, an event specifically catered towards English language learners in literacy programming.

Diversity Games is an interactive event that exposes learners to various cultural activities. Teams of learners complete various hands-on tasks like different cultural art, dance or traditions.  This year, some of the activities that were offered were West African dancing, creating Mandalas, learning American Sign Language and maple syrup tasting.  Over 120 learners participated in Diversity Games this year.

The hands-on, patient demonstrations by the volunteers made everything accessible and enjoyable. Many students had extra wide smiles today. - ELL Instructor

Diversity Games is facilitated by ICan Crew volunteers who take on the role of engaging learners at different cultural stations. Volunteers receive training on ways of demonstrating, teaching, and engaging learners in each of the activities. Volunteers facilitate the entire event and are responsible for making sure that the participants enjoy themselves, have fun, and learn something new. At the completion of all of the stations, participants receive a certificate of their participation and take part in a group photo.

Participants experience culture though participation and come away knowing something new and having an appreciation for difference.