Global Services Lesson 6 Student Presentations of Haiti Leisure Programs
Global Services Lesson 6 Student Presentations of Haiti Leisure Programs

Time: 50 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking, Cross-Cultural Communications, Technology Skills
Objectives 1 and 3
Related Resources: n/a

The Scenario: 
You are employees of the Rochester YMCA, which is sending a team of volunteers to Port au Prince, Haiti for one week to provide recreational services and supplies to Haitian children, young adults, families, and seniors.  The Rochester YMCA received a grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods to fund this trip.  As members of this volunteer team, you will develop a preparation plan that demonstrates to your funding source that you have adequately prepared for this cross-cultural experience and that the recreational services and supplies you will be delivering will be well-received by the Haitian people.  This preparation plan should take into consideration cultural elements including (but not limited to): history, religion, gender, power relations, norms and values, time orientation, politics, and economic systems.

Assignment:
As a class, you will use Google Docs to create a multi-section, electronic preparation plan with content relating to effective cross-cultural communication, international travel preparations, and culturally- and age-appropriate recreation programs. 

  1. Part I of the plan is an introductory section, to be completed individually.  The introductory section should demonstrate to your funding source that you are knowledgeable about specific cultural practices in Haiti.  The introduction should also summarize travel-related preparations, including packing considerations, visa requirements, and security concerns.  Each student will contribute one section to the introduction, designated by a subject heading which also includes the contributing student’s name.  Be sure to include references in your section.  Parenthetical citation of websites consulted will suffice.  Make sure that you click “Save now” before you exit the Google Doc. 
  2. Part II of the plan will be completed by eight groups of students (4 students per group).  Each group will design a culturally- and age- appropriate recreational service (such as a program, activity, or game) that will be implemented upon arrival in Port au Prince.  Each group must also provide an itemized budget of all equipment/supplies required for implementation of the service.  In order to design culturally- and age-appropriate recreation services, you will need to conduct research on the recreation practices of Haitians.  You can also use the introductory section of the Preparation Plan to guide you in your recreational program design.  The eight groups are: 
    1. Physically active recreation activity for youth
    2. Recreation activity for youth which does not involve physical activity
    3. Physically active recreation activity for young adults
    4. Recreation activity for young adults which does not involve physical activity
    5. Physically active recreation activity for families (one or more adult with one or more children)
    6. Recreation activity for families (one or more adult with one or more children) which does not involve physical activity
    7. Physically active recreation activity for seniors
    8. Recreation activity for seniors which does not involve physical activity

**In order to use Google Docs, you must first create a Google account, if you do not already have one.  Please make sure you choose a user name that identifies you (i.e., marksmith@gmail.com, not macdaddymark@gmail.com).  If you already have a Gmail username, you may use that as long as it clearly identifies you.  If your Gmail username does not identify you by name, please create a separate account for this assignment. 

Evaluation:
The final product will be evaluated in two parts:

  1. Your individual contribution to the introductory section will be evaluated based on your demonstration of awareness of the importance of cultural differences in effective cross-cultural communication or your thoughtful consideration of factors that influence international travel.  This part of the assignment is worth up to 75 points.
  2. Your group’s proposed recreational services will be evaluated based on level of detail in program and budget, demonstration of an understanding of the appropriate role of recreation in Haiti, and professionalism of in-class presentation.  This part of the assignment is worth up to 100 points: 50 points for the written component; 50 points for the in-class presentation.

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