Classical Safarni Day
Safarni is an intercultural children’s workshop that teaches children about other countries and cultures by providing them with the opportunity to meet, eat, sing, and dance with people from all around the world.
We have developed a program that brings the travel experience to children who do not have the opportunity to travel. We do this by facilitating events that allow children to meet and immerse themselves in different countries and cultures, without ever having to leave their neighborhoods.
Safarni organizes day-long programs where we take imaginary, multi-sensory, trips to other countries. We only travel to a country with the guidance and companionship of a foreign friend. So, for example, on “Brazil day” 2-3 Brazilians come to represent their culture. Safarni passports in hand, children board an airplane simulation (a room) and “fly” to Brazil. After landing in “Brazil” our Brazilian guides show and teach us local dances, games, sites and cuisine. After a day of fun while discovering the culture of our new friends, we take a “flight” back to Cairo. The children really enjoy this mix of fun, discovery, adventure, and friendship.
We believe that dancing together is more uniting than a handshake. Friendship is stronger than a peace treaty. Love is more uniting than an open border.
Safarni for Companies
We also offer a workshop/workshops for managers and employees of companies working internationally. Through these workshops your managers and employees become aware of the cultural differences that consciously and unconsciously influence our behavior, so that they can use these differences to their advantage (rather than them being a possible source of confusion and misunderstanding) in the work environment.
The workshops are designed by our resident anthropologist who has worked with countless nationalities in almost as many different countries across several continents. She will adapt the workshop to the needs of your company to make sure your managers and employees learn what they need most to be able to flourish in the particular international and/or intercultural setting that your company works with.
Anthrosafarni is a project designed for children and youth who have ‘traveled’ for a season or two within the classic Safarni program, and are ready to move from meeting new cultures to becoming aware of their own in order to further understand, be aware of the implications, and truly appreciate the beauty of cultural difference.
Through a range of anthropological exercises and field research, children and youth learn to recognize their own biases, assumptions and stereotypes. They learn to look at their own culture from a distance by taking a step back and challenging what they ‘know to be true’. Through practical research exercises they form descriptions, interpretations and explanations of their own culture’s norms. In this way, children learn to appreciate differences and and tensions within one (their own) culture and this enables them to become aware of the role of their own cultural background in intercultural encounters.
Safarni started a mentor-mentee program. Does your organization have children that might want to participate? Contact us to find out more.