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“EL PARQUE DE LAS EMOCIONES” TO PROMOTE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS AT CAMPUS WOB
Daniel Goleman defined emotional intelligence as the ability to recognize and understand our own feelings as well as those of others, to motivate ourselves and manage our emotions in a positive way, especially emotions involved in human relationships. Emotionally intelligent people incorporate their feelings into the way they interact with the world, showing higher levels of skills in areas such as self-control, self-awareness, motivation, enthusiasm, perseverance, empathy and mental agility. Emotional intelligence also involves character building qualities such as self-discipline, compassion and altruism, which are essential to making creative and socially skilled individuals.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]This year, Campus WOB is pleased to team up with the Director of “El Parque de las Emociones”, Mayalen Marín.
Mayalen will train our staff prior to camp and teach them, among other things, about assertive conflict resolution, using a technique designed by El Parque de las Emociones that they can use to effectively manage any conflicts that may arise, both at camp and in their own daily lives.
Also, El Parque de las Emociones will lend educational support to both staff members and campers by creating our very own Emotional Parkland, or Parque de las Emociones, which will be available every day to offer campers moments of peace, tranquility and learning. A space where campers can find books, get information about the universe of emotions or simply learn how to relax. Special activities will also be offered on how to focus your attention and manage your emotions, while strengthening creativity, autonomy and reducing stress.
If you would like to find out more about EL PARQUE DE LAS EMOCIONES and its Director Mayalen Marín, check out this interview.
Welcome to the place that will soon be your home away from home.
What led you to create this project, EL PARQUE DE LAS EMOCIONES?
Thank you very much! It’s a real pleasure for me to participate in Campus WOB this summer and I’m really looking forward to embarking on this exciting adventure.
After I finished my degree in Pharmaceutical Science, I went to France to work in the Marketing and Strategic Planning department at a pharmaceutical lab. After 5 years in Paris I came back to Spain and returned to health care, where I gained 14 years of experience in the sector.
In 2011 I discovered how important it is to develop social and emotional skills for everyday life and I found myself wishing that I had learned about these things when I was a child. This wish is what led me to start up an educational project for children and teenagers in 2013, which I called EL PARQUE DE LAS EMOCIONES. We teach children and teens how to better understand themselves and others.
I believe in the potential of children’s abilities and sensibilities and I am excited about the idea of teaching social and emotional skills to children, teenagers and their counselors.
What were your main influences in developing your own method?
My main influence is the way I view people. I integrate wisdom from different methods and the result is really entertaining classes.
More specifically, I have studied educational excellence strategies, psychological programs, yoga for children and emotional intelligence at different schools and universities. Also, in my classes I use techniques involving Educational NLP, Mindfulness, Dance, Music, Cooperative Learning, Audiovisual Literacy and Learning Strategies, as well as the theory of Multiple Intelligences.
What made you want to team up with a summer camp like Campus WOB?
I decided to team up with Campus WOB because its founder struck me as someone who’s very talented and passionate about what he does. He told me that this project is all about the children who come to camp every year. And in that sense it’s similar to our projects… So for me it’s a great chance to keep on teaching, not just campers but also the counselors that make up this fantastic group.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Can you tell us a little about what you will do over the course of the week at camp?
My proposal for the week is to provide educational support to counselors and provide tools and techniques to improve daily management. For campers we have also created a space called “El Parque de las Emociones” where anyone who wants to can do things like read books or stories, paint, take a nap, do yoga, focus your attention or learning how to manage your emotions while becoming more creative and self-reliant.
Is it really possible to educate children and teenagers in social and emotional skills?
Yes, it’s possible, very possible!
In fact, these skills give them a strong and solid foundation, which allows them to create an environment in which their brains can work at maximum performance. This self-confidence allows them to explore, learn new things and achieve their goals. One of the consequences of acquiring these skills is that they get better at dealing with the questions and challenges of everyday life, that is, with their anxieties. Since they are less nervous, they can focus their attention better, which heightens their ability to create an optimal environment for learning.
If you could briefly summarize what you do, especially for people who are not so familiar with emotional education, what would you say?
I would simply say that I am sharing a new way to show children and their educators how important it is to know themselves and love themselves in order to be the best person they can be. To do so I include three main pillars in my classes: body, mind and heart.
So the ultimate goal is to…
What we ultimately want for our children is for them to be successful at school and learn life skills, to be happy and to achieve their dreams.
Dear Maya, we’ll finish by telling you that we are already enormously happy to have you on our team and we are sure that this new experience of EL PARQUE DE LAS EMOCIONES at camp is just the beginning of many good things to come. We want to thank you and wish you all the best this year at Campus WOB, which will soon be underway.
Thanks to you! It’s a pleasure for me to share two weeks full of fun, surprises and learning. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. Also, I didn’t tell you this before but when I was 13 I was a basketball star at school! This summer will be a great chance to get back in touch with this sport.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]