Due to inclement weather predictions, the immigration simulation will be rescheduled for another time. However, WorldFest will take place rain or shine.
Friday, September 1st, @ WorldFest 2017 on the Belvedere
Now more than ever we need students who are culturally competent and globally engaged. Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes is designed to do just that. On Friday, September 1st @ WorldFest we will host our 3nd Annual migration simulation. This year, schools will be able to experience both the simulation and the many cultural education options at WolrdFest. Last year over 1,200 students participated in the nationally recognized event. Due to space limitation we will only be able to accommodate 1,000 students, so register soon.
What Happens During a Simulation:
Students playing the role of immigrants and refugees receive new cultural identities representing one of the region’s six main immigrant populations. These small family groups travel together through the simulation where they will encounter the hardships that are common to migrants and refugees.
The experience begins with participants fleeing their home country and encountering an obstacle course at their “national border." Those who successfully enter the new country will then proceed to a holding area, where they will be interviewed to determine their states or they will move directly into a Refugee Camp, where they will face the following challenges:
• registering their family as refugees at the UNHCR tent
• getting a health examination at a medical tent
• obtaining and purifying water
• securing food at distribution area
• learning a new language
Participants will have to successfully navigate each of these stations (which will be staffed by trained community volunteers), possibly having to barter their few possessions and/or evade security to avoid “jail” or being forced back to their home country. The camp comes to a close at an interview with a USCIS officer who informs participants the grim facts of resettlement. Because less than 1% of the 16.7 million refugees in the world are chosen for resettlement, almost every family will be informed that they are not eligible to be resettled in a third country and must return the camp. One family will be chosen to represent the 1% who will be resettled in a third country. A debriefing, facilitated by trained staff from local refugee resettlement agencies, will conclude the Refugee Camp Simulation and allow participants the opportunity to reflect on their experience and share new insights.
For more information or to sign up your class or grade contact Jud Hendrix (firstname.lastname@example.org)