Trainer Tip – Where in the World
If you have an upcoming event and need an ice breaker, this is the perfect game. Take a look at the rules for ‘Where in the World’, a short game where you provide three clues for the group to guess where your favourite place in the world is. This is a great exercise and it may even help you gain a few ideas for your own travel list!
Technology and transportation in the modern world have given us the opportunity to learn so much more, often first hand through personal experience, about the rest of the world. If you haven’t had the privilege of global travelling, you may have experienced the thrill of conversing with foreigners online or working side-by-side with them in your industry. The world becomes a smaller place the more everyone gets to know each other.
This icebreaker suggestion works fantastically for a gathering of people from various countries, but can also be fun when the participants are from the same place and already know each other well.
Basic information about the Where in the World Icebreaker:
- Ideal Size: Up to thirty. Divide larger groups.
- Use For: Introductions in the classroom or at a meeting, especially when you have an international group of participants or an international topic to discuss.
- Time Needed: thirty minutes, depending on the size of the group.
To make this icebreaker kinetic, it requires that one of the three clues be a physical motion. For example, skiing, golfing, painting, fishing, etc.
Give people a few minutes to think of three clues that describe, but don’t give away, either the country they are from (if different from the one you’re in) or their favourite foreign place they have visited or dreamed of visiting.
When ready, each person gives their name and their three clues. The rest of the group must guess where in the world they are describing. Give each person a minute or two to explain what they like best about their favourite place in the world. Start with yourself so they have an example.
If you want students on their feet and moving, state that one clue be a physical motion like swimming, hiking, golfing, etc. This clue may include verbal help or not.
Hi, my name is Deb. One of my favourite places in the world is tropical, has a beautiful body of water you can climb, and is near a popular cruise port (I am physically imitating climbing).
After guessing is finished:
One of my favourite places in the world is Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We stopped there on a Caribbean cruise and had the marvellous opportunity of climbing the falls. You start at sea level and can climb 600 feet gradually up the river, swimming in pools, standing under small falls, sliding down smooth rocks. It’s a beautiful and fantastic experience.
Debriefing Your Students
Debrief by asking for reactions from the group and asking if anybody has a question for another participant. You will have listened carefully to the introductions. If somebody has chosen a place related to your topic, use that place as a transition to your first lecture or activity.