1. I didn’t come, I left

Through experiential learning activities, the teachers connect their personal lives with the refugee condition, identify the effects of refugeeism on other people’s lives, and discern the stereotypes refugees face every day.

  • connect with the life of refugees,
  • realize that refugeeism is not an identity but an unavoidable condition,
  • outline the impact of refugeeism on the lives of refugees,
  • analyze the impact of the refugee conditions on other people
  • identify similarities between their own lives and the lives of refugees,
  • interpret refugee characteristics as a forced survival situation for refugees,
  • value human dignity and human rights,
  • approach refugees with empathy

Activity Steps

  1. In groups of 4-6, each member divides their A4 sheet into 4 quadrants.
  2. They close their eyes and listen to the trainer’s narration of a weekday routine.
  3. They note on each quadrant: 4 small items they cherish, 4 persons they think of daily, 4 roles they exercise daily, 4 large favorite possessions.
  4. They read and discuss their notes.
  5. They the trainer suddenly announces: ‘’Νοw you must leave your country for an unknown period of time because you are in danger’’. Brainstorm on the possible.
  6. The trainer announces: ‘’ A year has passed; you have left country. Go back to the table you compiled earlier, individually and cross out the things you no longer have.’’
  7. Discussion in circle with possible questions:
    • -What has changed in your day? How do you feel about it?
    • -How easy was it in this new reality to replace objects, roles peoples?


Discussion about cross-cultural differences of refugee students in school and ways to raise awareness of them.


  1. A4 sheets of paper – one for each participant
  2. Pen or pencil – one for each participant
  3. Blackboard or seminar paper, a stand