A unique field trip opportunity for students 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 aid workers, students navigate through a variety of interactive, hands-on experiences in
which they consider the conditions faced by the world’s more than 65 million displaced people. Students
also learn about the medical humanitarian assistance provided to refugees and displaced people by Doctors Without Borders.

The 2018 fall tour of the Forced From Home exhibition will travel around the Midwestern and Southern United States. Please check back here in the coming months for more information about dates and venues.

If you have any questions, please e-mail forcedfromhome@newyork.msf.org.

More information about the 2018 fall tour coming soon!

More information about the 2018 fall tour coming soon!

Tours begin at 9:00 a.m., run for approximately one hour, and can be scheduled every 15 minutes. Groups should not be bigger than 15 students and should have a minimum of three chaperones per group. Larger school groups must be pre-grouped into smaller groups of 18 to ensure that tours begin successively.

The exhibition is centrally located in each tour city, and we will work with you to locate the nearest bus drop-off/pick-up locations.  Using public transportation is highly encouraged.

The exhibition is outdoors and will operate in all weather. The site will only close in the event of dangerous conditions  and you will be notified immediately.

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. You can download the free toolkit by clicking on the link below.

Forced From Home Education Toolkit

  • 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, obtain clean water, access technology, and maintain basic hygiene, and access to technology
  • HEALTH CARE: What are the medical needs of refugees and the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies in providing care
  • SHELTER: How displaced people find shelter and the difficulties they face in refugee camps, informal settlements, sites along the migration route, and at their destinations

This immersive experience includes virtual reality and 360° videos produced by Doctors Without Borders. Upon arrival, visitors enter a 30-foot-diameter dome where they are surrounded by video footage of displaced people struggling to find safety in various contexts: in Greece, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, South Sudan, and Tanzania. At the conclusion of the tour, participants can use virtual reality headsets to experience short VR documentaries following the lives of some of those displaced individuals.

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.

Roughly 1,200 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 have learned in the exhibition, what life is like in the field, the pathway to joining Doctors Without Borders, and more.