Guide to Fundays 2.0

Learning Life is pleased to announce the launch of our “Fundays 2.0” as of February 10, 2019.  These Fundays bring Learning Life’s Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI) to a new level by blending together our Fundays, family projects and a new fitness challenge, with substantial prizes for up to three top point winners.  Parents and children: please read carefully through the details below to learn about the Fundays, points and prizes.


Funday world learningSince August 2016, Learning Life’s CDI has engaged lower-income families on three continents in internet dialogues and projects to help open the world to more people, democratize diplomacy, and nurture more caring, capable citizens.  CDI now engages families in Washington DC, USA, San Salvador, El Salvador, Dakar, Senegal, and Jerash, Jordan.

In 2017 and 2018, Learning Life carried out ten Fundays.  These Fundays 1.0 engaged CDI children in Washington DC in international learning (e.g., geography, globalization, world health) through presentations and games.  The Fundays 1.0 were a supplement to our CDI family projects, which included a photo project in 2017, a food project in 2018, to be completed in April this year, and a storytelling project in 2019, which will commence in May.

Funday Details

This year, Fundays 2.0 combine our fundays and family projects, and add a fitness challenge.  Between February and November, Fundays 2.0 will occur on two Sundays per month at 2:00-4:30pm EST (DC time).  During each Funday 2.0, the families will move back and forth through two “Move your Mind” (MM) world learning activities, and two “Move Your Body” (MB) physical fitness activities, with twenty minutes devoted to each MM and MB.  More precisely, each Funday 2.0 will occur more or less as follows:

2:00-2:30pm: Families in Washington DC arrive at the Arbor View Community Center at 1212 Southern Avenue SE.

2:30-2:40: Families in DC start with a food tasting to learn about nutrition and world foods.  Families abroad (in San Salvador, Dakar, Jerash and elsewhere) connect via our CDI Facebook Group from their home, the office of a Learning Life partner organization or association, or wherever they are comfortable and have the best internet access.  Learning Life volunteers will communicate directly with families via Facebook in the families’ native tongue to guide them through the day’s project steps.

2:40-3:00: Families in DC and abroad complete MM 1.

3:00-3:20: Families in DC and abroad complete MB 1.

3:20-3:40: Families in DC and abroad complete MM 2.

3:40-4:00: Families in DC and abroad complete MB 2.

4:00-4:30: Families abroad each conclude and sign off with their respective Learning Life volunteer.  In DC, families and volunteers have a snack, socialize, clean-up, then depart.

The Fundays in 2019 will occur on the following Sundays:

February 10, 24
March 10, 24
April 7, 28
May 5, 19
June 2, 23
July 14, 28
August 11, 25
September 8, 22
October 6, 20
November 3, 17 

We will complete the food project during the Fundays in February-April.  The storytelling project will be completed in May-November.  

IMG_5445Points and Prizes

Note: the following applies only to the food project.  The points and prize details below will be updated for the storytelling project once the food project is completed at the end of April.

Starting Sunday, February 24 and ending April 28, each participant 18 years old or under can accumulate points for participating in the Fundays, improving their knowledge (MMs), and recording their baseline/starting physical fitness (MBs).  In May, gifts worth $100, $150 and $200 (in U.S. dollars) will be awarded to up to three participating CDI children anywhere in the world who get the most food project points above a minimum point threshold.  Children get project points for the following:

Child attendance: Ten points per Funday the child attends, and a maximum of 50 points for attending the five food project Fundays (February 24, March 10, 24, April 7, 28).  The child must participate in the entire funday to get the 10 points.  No points for attending part of a Funday.  Exception: children and families living 6+ hours/time zones away (currently, families in Jordan) can schedule alternative Funday dates with a Learning Life volunteer if available.

Parent/guardian attendance: Each child gets ten points per Funday that their parent(s) attend, and a maximum of 50 points for attending the five food project Fundays (February 24, March 10, 24, April 7, 28).  The parent(s) must participate in the entire funday.  No points for attending part of a Funday.  Same exception for child attendance above applies here to their parents.  No extra points if more than one parent participates out of fairness to kids with only one parent.  A family legal guardian, older sibling, uncle, aunt or other adult member of the family can attend in place of a parent.  Children, parents and family adults are not obliged to attend all Fundays consistently, but the more fundays they attend, the more points participating children gain. 

Knowledge improvement: Each child can gain up to 96 points for improving knowledge of food culture, nutrition and health from the project pre-survey (most children completed this survey last year; those that have not can complete it at their first Funday), to the post-survey that children will complete at the end of the food project in late April.  Children have the opportunity to learn the necessary information about food culture, nutrition and health knowledge (available online) through the MMs during the Fundays and/or on their own time, so there is ample time to study before the post-survey in April.   

Move Your Body (MB) SessionBaseline fitness: Each child can get 10 points for recording their baseline/starting fitness on the five exercises (pike stretch for flexibility, releve holds for balance, push-ups and sit-ups for strength, squats for endurance) by the April 7 Funday.  The baseline fitness must be recorded by a Learning Life volunteer on a Funday, with exception for children abroad: if necessary, they can record their baseline fitness on a different date before April 7 with a Learning Life volunteer through a Facebook video meeting.  Once a child has recorded their baseline fitness, they get to practice improving their fitness on the five exercises during the Funday MBs, and on their own time, until November, when their fitness on the five exercises will be measured again to assess how much they have improved.  Further points will be allocated then and will be combined with other storytelling project points to determine the top point winners for that project.     

Note: The above information and rules of participation may be revised, so please check back periodically.

Questions?  Contact Paul Lachelier at