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Exercise, Group Building Activity

Walk a mile in my shoes

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It’s an integration workshop for migrants and locals striving to promote mutual understanding, empathy and willingness to help and understand each other. It should provide unique experience of walking a mile in somebody’s shoes.

Aims of the tool

Understanding, Tolerance, Integration, Exchanging cultural knowledge, developing communication and finding creative ways to express.

Description of the tool

This project takes place in a European Country.
Timetable: Friday noon until Monday morning.
First day: Taking the group to a Training Centre in natural surroundings. Starting with Energizing and Icebreaking games, Teambuilding activities, fire making together at night with exchange of cultural aspects, sleep in the provided area.
Second day: Main expedition
Morning programme: creative reflection by painting on the first day.
More advanced teambuilding experiences. Lunch at the centre.
Splitting in two groups ->
Migrant group: Taking resources from the centre to build a shelter in a provided area in the woods, make a campfire there and prepare food while having the task of switching gender roles. Duration: 4-5 hours, walking distance: 5 km

Local group: Task to take only 3 necessary things with them. Going with the role of a “smuggler” and another person not intervening.

Hiking through a challenging area including a river (boat ride), hills and a provided barrier which they have to overcome. At a certain place they are abandoned and have to find the way to the shelter with signs on their own. Duration: 4-5 hours, walking distance: 15-20 km

Group reunion at the shelter. Migrant group welcomes locals with prepared food and shelter and sleep in the shelter together.

Next morning: After breakfast reflection group activities, packing and transporting materials back the short way to the training centre, Met reflection after food, free time together, stay the night at the centre, next morning departure.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

Age/Background: 15-23 years old, Migrants and Locals balanced, gender balanced Group size: max. 20

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning, Personal Development

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Training and Networking

Materials needed:

Shelter making equipment, food, creative materials, boat, signs and hints


3 days (can be extended)

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Elmina Loumbardi, Orhun Yağiz, Simon Presser, Melanie Simunovic, Martha Rep

in the context of

Training Course EXPEDITION – Designing adventures in rural environments for Youth 2016 May 14-22nd Lithuania

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Laimonas Ragauskas (on 26 July 2016)

and last modified

14 June 2016

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