Experiential learning and the refugee crisis

As the world struggles with the current refugee challenge, our UK team has put special emphasis on displacement in their experiential learning programmes. Their goal has been twofold. They want not only to help students understand the refugee dilemma more deeply but also to find ways they can respond. One group of student volunteers planned to help in the camps on Lesvos Island, Greece. They used  the simulation in order to prepare, telling us it “opened our eyes”, “helped us feel their dilemma”, and “made us realise  we have been arrogant and egotistical.” We appreciated their honesty and their willingness to prepare for their trip through the experiential programme. It is the very best  of worlds when participants respond to simulations with both hearts and hands.

 

Photo below:  Following participation in our simulation programme, students went on to volunteer in refugee camps on Lesvos Island, Greece

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