A unique field trip opportunity for students

Forced From Home is a free, interactive, educational outdoor exhibition designed to raise public awareness about the global refugee crisis, suitable for students in grades 7 to 12, as well as college and university students.

Forced From Home is a one-hour guided tour through an interactive exhibition designed to educate the public about the global refugee crisis. With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers leading the tour, students can engage with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. This immersive tour will bring your students closer to the real experiences of people displaced by violence and extreme hardship worldwide.

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

To arrange a tour for your school group, please fill out the below information and email it to schools@newyork.msf.org. For more information, refer to the Timing & Logistics tab below.

  • 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 12 from 9 am - 1 pm
  • Atlanta, GA – Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26 from 9 am - 1 pm
  • San Antonio, TX – Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 9 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 two to 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.

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: 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.