PeacePlayers International’s second annual international exchange summer camp is underway and off with a bang! This year is the largest attendance with PPI coaches and participants from Cyprus, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. Also new this year, PPI is joined with Lead4Peace from Norway. On Sunday campers bused in from Larnaca and Nicosia. Immediately upon arrival fun was underway, after a brief meeting on rules and team assignments, participants were already swimming in the pool and playing pickup basketball. The Rodon hotel is the perfect place for camp with two swimming pools, and of course, three basketball courts! Laughter filled the halls over a delicious dinner and everyone was off to an early bed.
Bright and early Monday morning campers stumbled into the dining hall and filled up on delicious haloumi, Greek yogurt, and eggs. Right after the energizing meal the teams split up into different activities. Practices were filled with dribbling skills drills and small sided scrimmages. Classroom sessions were filled with team building and leadership skill development activities such as setting goals and defining potential barriers.
At lunch and break time, the success of the team-building exercises could already be witnessed at the pool where cultural barriers were eliminated through a friendly match of pool volleyball where participation and laughter were widespread. In the afternoon sessions the participants played games to learn and test each other’s knowledge of culture through jeopardy and quizzes. For the first time, the different PPI sites share affiliations and transcended borders through 5v5 basketball games on the courts all afternoon. Tuckered out campers enjoyed a quiet dinner and socialized a bit before heading off to a well-deserved sleep.