By the 7th week, the group had more than 800 members from all over the world. Franziska along with everyone began by exploring her home country Switzerland and Israel in the month of January. In February, it was China and France. And in March it is Sweden and then Nigeria. There’s a list of countries chalked out till the end of the year. Her idea is to have 24 countries host the group for 2 weeks each. The country’s hosts and everyone from the host country or living in the host country is welcome to contribute – photos, recipes, information about the daily life there and everything else! Franziska chose the countries randomly, making sure that each continent – its food, people and major religions, are well represented.
Each day the group sees at least 10 posts with people from the host countries. Each country hosts for two weeks and everyone from the host country or living in the host country is welcome to contribute – photos, recipes, information about the daily life there and everything else!telling about the culture and lifestyle there and others participate with their opinion.
“We talk about traditional foods (quite often we then find out that these dishes exist in other countries too or originated from other countries), recipes, about what school days look like (what time they have to get there, how long the days are, how much homework they have), the office hours and whether people go for lunch in restaurants or in front of the desk), what people do on the weekends, what they love about the country, things that are annoying in that particular country, about cool places to go, healthcare is always a big topic, the school system, holidays and traditions. “ She says
In the two plus months, Franziska has learnt many interesting facts from many cultures. And quite naturally, she found certain posts from a country more interesting than the other. Like the enormous shelves of hummous, readymade salads and dried fruit in the Israeli supermarket. But her favorite of all so far came from Taiwan. A Taiwanese lady documented her Chinese New Year Eve in Taiwan. She shared posts with food photos of what they ate, how they pray at home in front of their shrine, how they give the food to their ancestors first, the visit to the temple and burning the paper money.
There’s however one thing that comes to notice. The group sees more mums participating than dads. “It has to do with the Facebook groups where I recruited members from – the only international groups I’m in are parenting groups, and naturally parenting groups are attended by mothers, not dads. I’m trying to get more men but it’s difficult for me to recruit them.” She says.