Number 1 - A

1. Introduction

Welcome to your first V-STEP MeetUp. We hope this will be the start of a summer of fun and learning with you and your Rotary Short Term Match!

Remember these key points to each MeetUp:

  1. Choose who goes first. That person will be the Host. (MeetUp 1-A)  The next MeetUp will be similar but led by your Match. (Called MeetUp 1-B)

  2. Each MeetUp can be as long or short as you want and you don’t have to do everything in the MeetUp. Just have fun and learn about your Match and their country.

  3. While doing your MeetUp, think about things you are doing that might be fun to share with the group. At the end, you can make a short video that highlights something the two of you did.

  4. Have Fun!

2. Language Learning

Host, teach your match the following phrases in your language:

  • Hello, my name is ____

  • Please show me your house.

  • I cook in the kitchen

  • I understand/ I don’t understand

Here is a helpful video on how to record your Zoom calls!


3. Activity

Host House Tour

This is a simple activity to get started with V-STEP.

Give your Match a tour of your house, going room by room.  Make sure your room is clean!  Then walk around the outside of your home and show the exterior as well as views of your neighborhood. Be sure to show areas of your home that have importance to you. Showing hallways are less important than showing the rooms where you and your family spend most of their time. If there are pictures on the wall or items on display that have meaning for you and your family, stop to explain them and why they are important to you.

If you have time, teach your Match some words for things around your house.

4. What Would You Do?

You just arrived in your match's home country after a long, difficult plane ride. The COVID19 situation has improved, but many people are still wearing masks at airports. You walk out of the TSA area and see about 10 people holding signs welcoming you to your new country. You are excited and relieved, but notice that none of them are wearing masks. You know the traditions of this country place a great deal of emphasis on hugging and kissing on each cheek as a standard greeting. As you walk up to the group, your host father walks up smiling and extends his arms wanting to greet you in a traditional way. You do not want to offend, but you are concerned about getting the virus. 

What would you do?

5. Make Your V-Step Video

Ok, make your first video. There are some resources here https://www.oerye.org/v-step

Here is a link to some sample videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQUsnnnKfbVXrsfmmAoix0HOFTlCAJiza

When you are satisfied with your video, go to the O-E Website listed above and click on “Post Your V-STEP Video.”

Then look for it and others at our first Group Meeting on Sunday, June 7th at 2pm EST. ZOOM Group Meeting info below:

V-STEP Group Meeting #1

Time: Jun 7, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 814 4335 5346
Password: 817837

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Meeting ID: 814 4335 5346
Password: 817837
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kewt7Gd6C

If we aren’t able to show your video at the group meeting, we will be sending links to all videos after our Group Meeting on June 7th.

6. Prepare For Next Week

Congratulations!!!! You have completed your first V-STEP MeetUp! Give each other a virtual pat on the back.

If you have time, go back over the phrases you learned at the beginning of your MeetUp. And teach goodbye!

Now email, text or call your Rotary contact and tell him or her you’re ready for the link to your next V-STEP MeetUP Guide! If you are not sure who that is, contact me and I’ll send your Rotary Contact name. Be sure to tell me who you are!

John Koetz


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