On Saturday, March 29, the American Red Cross will host a realistic, six-hour refugee simulation, intended to educate participants about the challenges that refugees and displaced people endure. Participants will work in groups simulating families and together will have to escape a war zone, traverse minefields, cross a patrolled border, and find accommodation in a refugee camp that will require securing food, seeking medical attention, and building a shelter, all while staying within assigned roles.
Participation is FREE and includes: Round trip transportation between Foggy Bottom (DC) and Bull Run Park, VA; simulation materials; a light lunch; online access to the round table and digital conference on Sunday
1) Registration is closed. Contact the Red Cross directly if you want to be added to the waitlist.;
2) The event will begin in DC with check-in, briefing, etc at 10:30 at GWU's Kogan Plaza, 2132 H St, NW - we will leave from there on ARC buses to Bull Run Park which will be part of the simulation;
3) To make it easier to gather up our group, let's meet at theStarbucks next door (2130 H St) at 9:30am - I'll be wearing a black hat and will have Meetup signs;
4) The event is rain or shine, and will require walking and maybe some running on uneven terrain so dress appropriately;
5) I'll forward an email from the organizers about what to bring and additional info.
More details about the event can be found here:
This will be a really unique learning experience (even more me and I've been doing this kind of work for years!). I'm looking forward to it and to meeting y'all.
Let me know if you have any questions.