NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

Between 6 and 16 participants.

MATERIALS

  • White stickers
  • Markers
  • A drum

PREPARATION

Write in each of the stickers one of the following adjectives (as many as participants):

LiarShyWhiner
Dirty
QuietDaring
ExtrovertedRestlessModerate
CollaborativeTimidNaughty
TalkativeTardyNoisy
SlowPunctualLaid Back
UnfriendlyFoulmouthedExaggerated
CaringFastAffectionate

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY

  • Understand the importance of interpreting the signals the speaker is sending.
  • Comprehend the way in which our perception of others, specially first impressions, influence interpersonal relationships.

DESCRIPTION

The facilitator will put a sticker in each of the participants’ forehead. It’s very important that the participants don’t know what’s written in the sticker stuck to the forehead. Then, the group will be divided into couples. The facilitator will tell the participants that they will start a long trip and that they have to find a partner to go with them.

One couple will go out and improvise packing the bags, and talk about what they are taking to the trip and what do they want to do when they arrive to their destination. During the improvisation they have to treat each other according to the information written on the stickers. For example, in a couple one of the participants has the “extroverted” sticker while the other has the “dirty” one. Both of them will have to communicate the other his characteristic. They, for example, will have to say “You will want to go out, won’t you?” or “It’s better that you don’t take many things with you, since it takes you so long to clean”.

They will communicate to each other their worries, wishes, will ask for favors… Once the improvisation is finished, the participants will say what word they think it’s written in their own sticker.

Now other couple will improvise the same scene until all the couples that want to do it have played their scene.

REFLECTION

Questions for reflection:

  1. What signs gave away the content of your sticker?
  2. How did you feel when receiving those signs?
  3. How did you feel treating your partner based on their sticker?

The facilitator now shares that the idea other people have of us influences the way we are and can be. When talking about racism, the stereotypes do not only determine the intercultural coexistence, but also the own identity of the migrant. For example, the attitudes of the teachers and expectations of the academic success of a migrant will influence his academic career. The attitudes we have with people that we consider different can be very subtle. We are not always aware that we are acting prejudicially, but we are, and that can clearly influence the interpersonal relations and sometimes being a cause of social exclusion.