Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Valentine's Day Card Swap


Love is in the air! 

Come on over to our Facebook page and pair yourself up with another family if you would like to send and receive a Valentine's day card from another country! It is an easy and fun way of promoting global awareness to your children (and who doesn't like to receive a sweet note?). 

Lots of love from our families to yours,
Mymy, Rachael and Deb 

Monday, 13 January 2014

GAME OVER : SIGN UP AGAIN

Dear Swappers,


On behalf of the Worldwide Culture Swap project we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for all the kind messages that we have received in the last few months.
As we have mentioned before we are just a few mamas trying to create something that all of our children can benefit from and it has been hugely regrettable that we more or less ground to a halt in the second half of 2013.
By the end of December, we had too many responses for our simple computer system to handle and a big reset had to be performed which has put us back to a new starting point. We have lost all of the data for those who signed up unfortunately :-(

We thought about just stopping the project but too many of you have said that you would like it to continue (and so would we!) so we are relauching and starting fresh, a bit like a ....



GAME OVER 
So here is what you need to do:
SIGN UP AGAIN


With this fresh starts, we thought we remind you of the process and the new rules that will help us manage the swap more easily. After 3 years of experience, we have been dealing with many issues and we are only trying to sort them out so the adventure stays fun for everyone! This is the only way we will be able to continue this beautiful project, so please read carefully :-)


Rule #1
Please, only sign up if you are 100% sure of participating. Otherwise you may end up disappointing very excited children who thought they were going to get packages. Our aim here is happy families and happy children :-)

Rule #2
When you sign up, you need to confirm your participation by replying to our confirmation email : you have 1 week once we have send you the email (it may take us a couple of weeks to email you so please be patient). Afterwards we will archive your signing in. You are welcome to sign up again after a month.

Rule #3
Only email us if you have been attacked by Aliens :-D. More seriously, please bare in mind we cannot answer the million requests we receive. If you have a doubt, you are welcome to visit our common question page. We have posts and pictures about packages from all around the world to help you prepare, you can also visit our Facebook page.

Rule #4
Once you have been allocated and received your group email with all the details, please do not include our email address when you "reply to all". You are now corresponding within your group and only within your group :-) At this point our work is done.


A little reminder of the process and waiting time :

1. you sign up
2. we sent you a confirmation email (within 2 weeks)
3. you reply to confirm your participation (1 week)
4. this is the waiting part (it can be longer for US families) : please be patient
5. we allocate you into a group and you receive an email with all the details
6. you exchange emails within your group : introduce your familiy, set up a deadline
7. you email a picture of your package to your group
8. ONLY send your packages once you have received a picture of the other families packages
9. you receive and send 4 packages (sometimes less due to cancellation)
10. enjoy and sign up again if you want


What you can do to help :

1. Check your mailbox AND spam box, and make sure your security settings are not too high because sometimes our emails never arrived. You will either receive an email from rach@worldwidecultureswap.com ; mymy@worldwidecultureswap.com ; or ; deb@worldwideculturalswap.com

2. We do not have as many non-US families participating, in order to complete the groups as quickly as we would like. Please spread the word if you have families, friends from other countries.

3. Some people sign up and confirm but once set up in a group, they never correspond with their group, nor send packages: the best way to avoid a disappointment is to email each other, get acquainted, email a picture of your package once ready and NEVER send your package before you receive the picture of the other family's package: 
- it does not have to spoil the suprise, you can just have a picture of the outside or part of the content.
- you don't have to send all 4 packages at the same time.


Finally, we are so sorry that we cannot always sort out everything. Please bare in mind we are moms as well,  and as much as we love managing the worldwide culture swap, children and family (and work) always come first. You can read more about the three of us here, or click on the "welcome box" on the left side.

We thank you for your patience and understanding especially during a year that saw all three of us have babies or fall pregnant, and we hope that you join us once again for our cultural journey around the world!


Mymy, Rach and Deb

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Hello Swappers !



We are so sorry that we have not had the time to make any groups in the last few months. 
Despite our best intentions we are very busy moms and we can all agree that children come first ♥♥♥ and life always gets in the way of our best intentions.


We will resume our activity in December
with a Holiday special mini-swap (Christmas, Hanukkak, ...)


In the mean time, there won't be any group making : sign up are closed.
We will use this time to think about how we can improve the swap issues and of course any idea is welcome:
- confirmations
- families allocated and not participating
etc... 

Sorry for this pause, and thank you all for your support and enthusiasm. We love this project and we hope to be more active in the near future xxxx

Many thanks, Mymy :-)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Czech Republic - Worldwide Culture Swap package

Here is a picture of a package sent by Veronika representing the Czech Republic.
Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information. 

Friday, 31 May 2013

June Culture Swapper is now live!

Welcome to our monthly Culture Swappers Link up!


You can link up your blog posts or upload your own pictures showing us anything that you would like to share related to culture, geography, traditions, customs etc where you are from.

We are excited to say that this link up will now be co-hosted by Becky from Kid World Citizen and Leanne from All Done Monkey  so linking up here will mean that your blog posts will automatically appear on their blogs too :)

We will feature some of the links on our Facebook page and on this website throughout the month.

Here are a few of our favourites from last month (in addition to the ones featured during the month).... 

We enjoyed this post about Welsh mining from World Travel Family
big pit touring the Uk with children best homeschool field trip
 
And Waterhole Wednesday is always exciting from Mud Hut Maama!
Waterhole Wednesday - Camera Traps - Mud Hut Mama


And finally don't miss this stunning photography of the French city of Lyon from Busy as a Bee in Paris.

Thank you to all of you that took the time to share with us - we'll continue to feature your submissions throughout this month too.

And now on to this month's Culture Swappers Link up....

The rules
    Culture Swapper
  • Link up any family friendly activity, craft, recipe, articles and posts that say a bit about your nationality or one that you are learning about
  • You can submit more than one link so come back throughout the month to share your activities
  • By linking you are giving us permission to feature your activity on our website and Facebook page.
  • Please grab a Culture Swapper badge from the left hand sidebar and put it somewhere on your blog (or add a text link to us in your post)
  • Sorry, no giveaways or shops

A new Link up with start on the first day of every month.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

USA (Wisconsin) - US State Swap package

Thank you to Melissa from Wisconsin for sending us this pickure of her family's US State Swap package!
If you want to know more about these swaps and how you can take part, have a look at the Worldwide Culture Swap page.

Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

USA (Florida) - US State Swap package

Enith and Sofia have sent in this picture of their package representing the US State of Florida!

If you want to know more about these swaps and how you can take part, have a look at the Worldwide Culture Swap page.

Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

USA (South Carolina) - US State Swap package

Thank you Leah for sending us this picture of a package representing South Carolina!
If you want to know more about these swaps and how you can take part, have a look at the Worldwide Culture Swap page.

Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

France - Worldwide Culture Swap Package

Thank you to Domitille for sending us a picture of this package representing France in the Worldwide Culture Swap.
The package contained French food, perfumes, coins, soaps and pictures of Paris, Marseille and Lille as well as some other cities.

Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

May Culture Swapper is now live!

Welcome to our monthly Culture Swappers Link up!

You can link up your blog posts or upload your own pictures showing us anything that you would like to share related to culture, geography, traditions, customs etc where you are from.

We are excited to say that this link up will now be co-hosted by Becky from Kid World Citizen and Leanne from All Done Monkey  so linking up here will mean that your blog posts will automatically appear on their blogs too :)

We will feature some of the links on our Facebook page and on this website throughout the month.

Here are a few of our favourites from last month (in addition to the ones featured during the month).... 

Would you eat these 100 year old eggs from Marie's Pastiche?

We loved these Latvian Easter Eggs fromme Femme au Foyer.


And finally we thought we would share this great post about learning farm animals names in Spanish from Toddling in the Fast Lane.

Thank you to all of you that took the time to share with us - we'll continue to feature your submissions throughout this month too.

And now on to this month's Culture Swappers Link up....

The rules
    Culture Swapper
  • Link up any family friendly activity, craft, recipe, articles and posts that say a bit about your nationality or one that you are learning about
  • You can submit more than one link so come back throughout the month to share your activities
  • By linking you are giving us permission to feature your activity on our website and Facebook page.
  • Please grab a Culture Swapper badge from the left hand sidebar and put it somewhere on your blog (or add a text link to us in your post)
  • Sorry, no giveaways or shops

A new Link up with start on the first day of every month.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

USA (Florida) - US State Swap package

Karen sent us this picture for her Florida package!
Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Estonia - Worldwide Culture Swap package

Thanks to Renate Nathalie for sending this picture of her family's package representing Estonia!
 
The package included:
  • Newspaper Tallin
  • Brochures about Estonia and Tallin
  • A recipe book, 
  • A children's book, 
  • Christmas tea, 
  • Piparkok, 
  • Chocolates, 
  • Christmas napkins, 
  • CD, 
  • Christmas card, 
  • A magnet on the fridge, 
  • A national icon and ribbon, 
  • A calendar for 2013, 
  • Children's coloring books and schedule week, 
  • Christmas boots with handle my son
Send us a link to your blog posts related to worldwide culture and we will feature them on the site, include a link back to your site and of course give you full credit. Take a look at our monthly Culture Swapper Link Up for information.
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