School Field Trips to Forced From Home

A unique field trip opportunity for students in grades 7–12

Forced From Home is a free, interactive, educational outdoor exhibition designed to raise public awareness about the global refugee crisis.

Guided by Doctors Without Borders field workers, students will be given a tour through a variety of interactive, hands-on experiences in which they will be challenged to imagine what life is like for the world’s 60 million displaced people. Students will also learn what Doctors Without Borders teams do to assist refugees and migrants on their journeys.

Exhibition themes:

  • Push factors: The issues that cause people to flee their homes, such as conflict, persecution, and natural disasters;
  • On the move: How people navigate their journeys, and cope with their vulnerabilities to exploitation, disease, and other challenges;
  • Legal status: The rights of displaced people as they flee their homes and the obligations of the international community to assist them;
  • Basic needs: How people find and cook food and maintain basic hygiene;
  • Health care: How the medical needs of refugee populations are met and the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies in providing care;
  • Shelter: Where do displaced people find shelter, and what difficulties do they face in refugee camps, transit sites, and other destinations?

Bringing the refugee story to life with virtual reality

The exhibition features an immersive 360 video experience inside a 30-foot diameter dome that transports students to Tanzania, Lebanon, South Sudan, and other locations as they are introduced to the contexts and the populations discussed throughout the exhibition.

Students will interact with items used by refugees and aid workers to get a sense of what displaced people need to survive. For example, students will choose what personal items they would take if they were forced to flee, explore refugee shelters, and discover some of the tools that humanitarian agencies utilize.

Hearing stories directly from Doctors Without Borders staff

Roughly 1,500 people per day will be able to experience this unique opportunity to spend time with experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers as they share their stories.

At the end of the tour, students participate in a dedicated question and answer session with their aid worker guide, during which they can ask questions about what they’ve learned in the exhibition, what life is like in the field, the pathway to joining Doctors Without Borders, and more.

Registration for school tours will re-open in summer 2017.

Exhibition Dates

Forced From Home will be traveling to the West Coast and Rocky Mountains regions in fall 2017. Exhibition dates and locations will be posted in summer 2017.

Timing & Logistics

Tours will begin every 10 minutes and run for approximately one hour. Each tour can accommodate up to 20 students. Larger school groups will be split into smaller groups of 20 and will commence tours successively.

The exhibition is centrally located in each tour city, and dedicated bus drop-off/pick-up areas are available.

The exhibition is outdoors, and will operate in all weather. The site will only close in the event of extreme or dangerous conditions.

Register for a Tour

Registration is mandatory for school groups and will become available in summer 2017. A member of our education team will contact you to arrange your visit.

Tour slots are limited, so register early to guarantee entry for your school group.

Teacher Resources

An Education Resource Toolkit is available for school groups interested in the exhibition. It includes background reading materials, worksheets, and supplementary activities; information about what to expect on the day of attendance; and reflection materials and activities to help students process the themes explored in the exhibition after their visit. The Toolkit will be emailed to registered groups. You can also download the Forced From Home Education Resource Toolkit directly.

Additional Information

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our education team at forcedfromhome@msf.org or call us at (212) 655-3778.