A unique field trip opportunity for students in grades 7 to 12
Forced From Home is a free, interactive, educational outdoor exhibition designed to raise public awareness about the global refugee crisis.
With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers as their tour guides, students navigate a 10,000-square-foot installation designed to convey some of the challenges confronting a person forced to flee. Visitors engage with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions and emergency medical projects. Students gain a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis, the dangerous journey made by those who have been forced from home and the humanitarian assistance offered by Doctors Without Borders.
In fall 2018, the Forced From Home exhibition will visit the Midwestern and Southern United States. Please check back here in the coming months for more information.
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To arrange a guided tour for your school group, please email email@example.com, and include:
- Exhibition city:
- Name of school:
- Grade(s) of students:
- Number of students:
- Number of chaperones:
- 3 dates and times you are interested in attending the exhibition (in order of priority):
- Contact information for teacher or parent who is organizing the school trip (including name, phone number, and email address):
- Any additional required accommodations? Languages other than English, special needs, etc.?
- Minneapolis, MN – Monday, September 10 to Friday, September 14 from 9 am - 1 pm
- Chicago, IL – Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28 from 9 am - 1 pm
- Charlotte, NC – Monday, October 8 to Friday, October 14 from 9 am - 1 pm
Each tour runs for approximately one hour, and tours can be scheduled every 8 minutes starting at 9 am. Each group can include up to 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 operates in all weather. The site will only close in the event of dangerous conditions and you will be notified via e-mail if your tour is canceled.
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.
- 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: Bangladesh, Greece, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, South Sudan, and Tanzania.
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.