We've been asking our customers how they use our products. Here are some of the more recent responses about the Schools & Charities Version of BaFa' BaFa'. We'd love to hear how you've used BaFa' BaFa' (or any of our products). Please take a minute and contact us about your experiences!
Boarding High School for International and Domestic students uses BaFa' BaFa' two ways.
1. As part of an international community weekend event to explore and create awareness of different cultures and ways of life in order to help students live and study together.
2. For staff to have a common experience around culture to create a awareness and talking points for teaching students from over 37 countries.
Global Health Child Program. "Used it in a workshop training pediatric residents who will be going to volunteer in various countries doing medical work for about a month at a time. It was a hit! I only had a day to prepare, and did my best, but fumbled through a bit my first time doing this. Our time was a bit short too, and the discussion after was lively and could have gone on longer. Next time, I will leave more time for an extended discussion, as I feel culture issues are very important. It got rave reviews by the participants!
I plan to do this cultural simulation annually for the residents, and maybe more often for other groups, such as medical students interested in global health. I am the Global Child Health program director for the pediatrics residency, and organize their lectures, courses, trips abroad - my goals are to provide them with a well rounded education in global health so they can be effective workers and advocates for children (and families)."
World Languages Instructional Specialist.
The class is an Ethnographies (Ethnographic Research) class at the high school level. I also made the purchase for future use with our Professional Development team and for other classes I intend to teach on cross-cultural communication and leadership.
For the current Ethnography Class, we intend to use BaFa' BaFa' as a simulation of using observation while participating in a 'foreign' culture through an ethnographic lens. We also intend for our students to become facilitators with other groups in our school and other schools in our community.
Guest Lecturer and Pyschology Professor in Major University in UK.
We'll be using BaFa' BaFa' with psychology students who are in their final year of their psychology undergraduate degree. During their final year, they specialise in different fields of psychology - one of which is organisational (industrial) psychology. One of the modules within the organisational psychology curriculum is understanding (organisational) culture. As these are young (20/21 year old) students, they tend to have little experience of different cultures and may consider different cultures too "weird", merely because they are different to what they're used to. BaFa' BaFa' will, I think, provide them with a memorable experience where they can experience significantly different cultures, and develop their appreciation of "different is ok". The experiential nature of BaFa' BaFa' will make the learning stick.
Director of Student Life and Experiential Learning in Major University in Australia.
We're using it in conjunction with our intercultural competency training for our study abroad program in Australia. It's a part of our class called The View from Australia.
We're hoping to help the students learn new perspectives when comparing cultures. Instead of describing everything different in negative terms, we want them to see the reasons behind the differences and understand that different is not bad (the differences can show what Australians value/love/desire as compared to Americans). There's much more to learn, but that's a quick synopsis.
K-12 Education Programs of a Large Conservation Education Non-profit.
My team is distributed throughout the US and works with communities, schools, and volunteers. We are coming together for our annual planning retreat, and it is really important that we begin to develop resources and materials through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. I'd like my team to start thinking about cultural relevancy and DEI on the front end of our planning, not as an afterthought.
Engineering Graduate Student Program at Large University in US.
We have an extraordinary amount of racial and cultural diversity, but often a lack of interaction between students who don't belong to the same cultural group. Students often say this is because of comfort within one's culture and discomfort without. BaFa' BaFa' has been an invaluable resource in helping students understand this comfort/discomfort not as "anyone's fault" but as a natural phenomenon, and in helping students change their attitude toward cross-cultural situations from avoidant to engaged and able. The activity is always fun and the discussion afterwards always rich. The game and discussion materials are very well designed to be easy to implement, though there is some setup required each time.
Social Studies Teacher at Middle School and High School.
I have used BaFa' Ba'Fa' for years teaching my students about other cultures and the terminologies used within our culture studies such as: assimilation, enculturation, ethnocentrism, taboo, norm, diffusion, culture shock, and many others. This simulation is so much fun and so very educational that I consider it one of my most valuable educational tools in my toolbox. It really allows students the opportunity to "see" these phenomena in action! And, it taps into their emotions concerning differing cultures, languages, norms, etc. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!
Large Dutch Public Technological University.
Our use will involve researching simulation games like BaFa' BaFa'. Therefore, in addition to training our MSc students to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, We are planning on doing a study around the session we are hosting in September. As for the focus of that study, I would like to align with and build upon previous research on BaFa' BaFa': learning impact, game experience, etc.
There are countless ways in which the Schools & Charities Version of BaFa' BaFa' can be used within your school or organization, please contact us if you'd like to learn more!