Experience life from a refugee's perspective

Step into the perspective of a refugee in this educational experience designed to instill understanding and compassion.

Participants are separated into families from various countries and memorize their biographies before going through a mock interview by UN Officials, a feeding station, a medical screening clinic, and a language acquisition class. Families must pass interviews at each of these stations on their journey to freedom.

"Attending the refugee simulation at World Relief was both an educational and emotionally moving experience.  It changed the way I view the resettlement process and further deepened my compassion for refugee individuals and families." - Julie Robinson, Lutheran Community Services NW

Recently, the Spokesman-Review and KREM 2 news came to the office to cover a simulation done with Whitworth University students. Click on the outlet's name to get a glimpse into the experience.  

Program details:

  • The three hour experience includes (1) an introduction to refugee resettlement, (2) four interactive stations, and (3) a group debrief

  • $35/person

  • Optimal group size is 20-30

  • Recommended for high school and university classes, churches, social service providers, employers and anyone wanting to learn more about refugees

  • Refugee Simulations take place at World Relief Spokane, located at 1522 North Washington in Spokane, WA.

"I take my principal certification students to the World Relief Refugee Simulation because it provides them an opportunity to develop understanding and compassion for refugee children and their families. My students have stressed how important this experience is for them and recommend I keep it as a component of my program." - Dr. Steven L. Smedley, Director, Principal Certification Program, Whitworth University

For more information or to book your experience, contact:

Richard Mandeville, Refugee Simulation Coordinator

rmandeville@wr.org, 509-321-1877 (x110)