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“Global Village” day camp to be held July 23-27 at Longwood

March 20, 2012

Activity at a previous global village camp

Participants in a Longwood University camp this summer will "travel" to Africa, Europe, Asia and Central America to learn about the global village in which we all live.

"Our World is a Global Village," to be held July 23-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Longwood, is an academic summer day camp for children entering grades two through six. The camp, hosted by Longwood's College of Business & Economics, involves school-aged students in economic activities focused on life in other parts of the world.

The attendance fee is $149, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and people may cancel with a full refund until May 1, after which attendance fees are non-refundable. For more information, contact Dr. Melanie Marks, professor of economics, by phone (434-395-2372) or email (marksmb@longwood.edu).

Marks directs the camp, now in its eighth year, which includes international-themed cooking, crafts, games, videos, children's literature selections and outdoor activities. The objective of the camp is to help students understand and appreciate that they live in a global village, where people just like them engage in production to get things they want and need. The students are introduced to people around the world through the use of videos that show extended families living in thatched huts, primitive school buildings that lack amenities such as desks and electricity, and children whose lives differ drastically from the life that most campers know.

"Campers will make butter for an English tea party, create a S'mores factory with chocolate made from African cocoa beans, barter trade like they would in a Burmese hill tribe community, carry buckets of water on their head like they do in Uganda and learn what life was like behind the Iron Curtain," said Marks, who serves as coordinator of study abroad at Longwood has led study abroad programs to more than a half-dozen countries. "They also will make fruit kabobs like you could be served in Africa, make tie-dye shirts using bright African colors, learn how to use chopsticks and then use them in chopsticks relays, make dumplings or Thai spring rolls and participate in a limbo competition, just to name a few of the camp's activities."

Through their involvement in a working economy, students can earn money called "global geld" for being on time, giving thoughtful answers and being helpful. They can also be fined for bad behavior and making poor choices. Students who earn money are rewarded with a shopping trip to the camp's international market.

In 2005 the camp earned recognition for its content and creative themes from the National Council on Economic Education.