This is the third activity on migration and refugees. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on migration and refugees here.

 

DURATION

Approximately 3 minutes per participant

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

Minimum of 6

MATERIALS

A door that can be closed between the workshop room and the hallway

PREPARATION

No preparations are needed

LINK TO THE TOPIC

When trying to pass a border it can happen that none of the sides understand each other. This activity should show this situation by applying random conditions for the participants when trying to get through.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY

  • Illustrating language barriers
  • Depicting a typical situation of everyday life challenges refugees have to face

DESCRIPTION

One volunteering participant leaves the room. Then the others build a wall (standing in a line next to each other) and decide on a thing that the volunteer has to do in order to pass the wall. Additionally, they should also decide on one clue for the volunteer. The participant is then asked back in and has a 2 minutes to try out what to do to be able to pass by, e.g. ask very politely, kneel through a hole in the wall or talk in a foreign language. It is then repeated with a new volunteer and so on.

REFLECTION

  • What emotions did you experience whilst trying? (volunteer)
  • How did it feel when you managed to pass through? (volunteer)
  • What were your thoughts when you saw the volunteer failing? (wall members)
  • Which similar kinds of situations did you experience in your life so far?
  • What feelings could you have if you had to move to a country that you know nothing about and don’t speak its language?