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.
- 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.
Tours for school groups are limited. To ensure your students have access to this timely and topical exhibition we recommend registering as soon as possible.
School groups can be accommodated from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on school weekdays. School tours are available for the following locations and dates:
- NY – Queens: New York Hall of Science – September 16, 19, 20
- NY – Manhattan: Battery Park City Esplanade – September 23, 26, 27
- DC – Washington: Washington Monument – October 3–7
- MA – Boston: Long Wharf – October 17–21
- PA – Pittsburgh: Schenley Plaza – October 27, 28, 31
- PA – Philadelphia: Independence National Historic Park – November 7, 9, 10
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. To arrange a guided tour for your school group, please register your interest. 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.
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.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our education team at email@example.com or call us at (212) 655-3778.