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Global Campus Programme

Global Cafés and celebrations

Relaxed and informal events where you can meet new people and enjoy some free refreshments while exploring a new cultural topic each week.

Student with powder paints at the holi festival

We are running our Global Cafés slightly differently this semester, due to COVID-19. Each week we will run an online café, on Mondays 7:00-8:00pm and two small on-campus cafés Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm. We’ll send out information about how to book onto each café every week in the Global Bulletin email. Please email to be added to our mailing list.

Our sessions will involve crafts, conversations and much more and are designed to bring us closer together in friendship and understanding different cultures. 


WeekCaféWhat to expect
Welcome Week
(14 September)
British Culture Quiz Welcome to all, old and new! To start our café programme we are hosting a quiz on all things British. Join us virtually to test your knowledge about Harry Potter, bangers and mash, and the Queen!
Week 1
(21 September)
Exploring Asia Come fly with us! Sample different traditions from around Asia, from poetry to tea festivals. There's something for everyone this week, including a special virtual tour of Asia.
Week 2
(28 September)
Exploring Europe Immerse yourself in Europe by learning about  different cultures, languages, and food! We'll have quizzes, a culture presentation and will share the best locations in York to experience European culture!
Week 3 
(5 October)
Black History Month Celebrations Come and celebrate Black History Month at YSJ! Learn about the amazing achievements of some of the most prevalent people in the Black community. Join in on our first virtual book club and tap into your creative side with arts and crafts. 
Week 4
(12 October)
Exploring South America Join us to discover South American culture, traditions, and celebrations! Activities this week will include a quiz and a language taster.
Week 5
(19 October)
Exploring North America Celebrate and learn about the many cultures of North America with us over hot drinks! Share recipes and experiences and challenge your geographical and cultural knowledge of this diverse continent.
Week 6
(26 October)
Halloween Join us to celebrate Halloween by carving your own pumpkin at our virtual café. During our mini cafés we'll be watching a spooky film and other ghostly activities!
Week 7
(2 November)
Bonfire Night Remember, remember the fifth of November? Join us as we celebrate Bonfire night and explore Thailand's magical celebration of Loy Krathong with traditional Krathong basket making, toffee apples and much more! 
Week 8 
(9 November)
Exploring Oceania Immerse yourself in Oceania, a continent rich with a variety of languages, culture and histories. We will host a virtual presentation and quiz as well as in-person language tasters and games!
Week 9
(16 November)
Diwali It's time to light up the sky at YSJ! Come and celebrate the popular Hindu Festival of Light with us! Enjoy an evening filled with crafty activities and get to know the festival more by hearing other's stories and rituals. Let's celebrate the victory of light over darkness together. 
Week 10 
(23 November)
Harvest Festivals This week we'll explore how different cultures celebrate and give thanks, including the British Harvest Festival and the American Thanksgiving. Try your hand at some traditional recipes and join us for quizzes and a talk!
Week 11
(30 November)
Winter Solstice Festivals It's getting colder and colder, so why don't you come and warm yourself up with a hot drink at one of our mini cafés, whilst getting to know winter celebrations from around the world. This week's cafés will include quizzes and winter-themed arts and crafts.
Week 12 
(7 December)
Christmas  Join us for the final cafés of the year to learn about and celebrate Christmas. The virtual session will involve a quiz and some recipies to try at home. The in person mini-café will involve Christmas crafts!
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