International welcome

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International welcome
Type: icebreaker
Number of players: 10 or more
Location: small playing field
Equipment: pen and paper
Duration: about 10 minutes
Preparation: write tasks on the paper

International welcome is an ice breaker game.


  • pen and paper


Each player gets a slip of paper. It shows the name of a region or a culture and how those people tend to welcome each other. Always two players have the same way of greeting each other; they have to find each other and greet how they are supposed to. While doing so, they also exchange their names. Then, the slips of paper are collected again, shuffled and again distributed for another round.

Ways of greeting each other

Popular methods of welcoming each other are (feel free to add your own ideas):

  • Arab nations: wipe with the hand from face to belly (saying salam)
  • Europa: shake hands
  • Inuit: rub noses
  • France: kissing on the cheeks
  • Hawaii: Shaka sign, making a fist with the right hand but extending thumb and smallest finger (saying Shaka)
  • Native Americans: raise right hand
  • India: bow with folded hands (saying Namaste)
  • Japan: deep bow (kneeing)
  • feel free to add your ideas