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A Global Exchange of Peace, From Guatemala to the U.S.A.

From time to time Play for Peace hosts club exchanges, where clubs from different parts of the world meet via video chat to learn about each other’s visions and share the work they are doing. It is a valuable way for our clubs to get to know and learn from one another. These exchanges are also special events that help bring together our global community—creating much laughter and happiness!

As part of our most recent Global Games for Interfaith Harmony Week, this week we hosted an exchange between the HOLA club in Los Angeles, California, and the Cantel Club in Guatemala. Facilitated by Regional Coordinator Archana Magar, the exchange was comprised of regional coordinator Dian Mitrayani, and 14 participants from the two clubs—including a mentor from the HOLA club, Jessica, who helped with translation from English to Spanish. 

During the video call, the two clubs talked about their countries, including each one’s culture, weather, important festivals, and more, as well as the challenges their regions face—and how Play for Peace helps to bring together their communities. Each club also shared their vision and the work they do, teaching each other games their clubs enjoy so that the other can use them during their own practice peace sessions. The clubs especially enjoyed this part of the exchange and really bonded despite the distance between them. As an added bonus, the clubs also celebrated Jessica's birthday (note the cupcake in the above photo!). 

We are thrilled that the HOLA and Cantel club participated in this exchange for our Interfaith Harmony Global Games. Through their laughter, stories, and cross cultural dialogue, they demonstrated how we can all work together toward a common goal, despite our differences.