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X-periences available now

These x-periences are already available in the Global Village.

BLIND X-PERIENCE

Participants are led through an African village, in total darkness, by guides who are themselves blind. Without sight, participants will learn to navigate using sound, touch and scent and are invited to experience the creativity and extraordinary capabilities of the visually impaired.

Age Group: 7 - Adult
Ideal Group Size:
8+
Time:
1 hour

HIV/AIDS X-PERIENCES

There is a range of HIV/AIDS features available in the Global Village.

HIV/AIDS X-PERIENCE. Participants walk through the life of individuals who have come into contact with HIV/AIDS and, at the end, are “tested” to see if they are positive. They live, in a simulated way, the realities of war, poverty, poor medical care, abusive treatment and wrong life choices.
Age Group: 14 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: Individuals – 35 
Time: 30 minutes per story

THE IMPACT OF A VIRUS. A look at the familial and societal ramifications of HIV.
Age Group: 14 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: 10 - 35
Time: 45 minutes

THE WORLD OF HIV. Conversation that explores the world of HIV and lifestyle choices that impact the spread of the virus.
Age Group: 14 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: 10 - 35
Time
: 45 minutes

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY

Participants experience, first hand, life with paraplegia and quadriplegia, particularly in societies with little provision for their mobility. They will discover more about living with a disability within the wider web of poverty.

Age Group: 10 - 18
Ideal Group Size: 5+
Time: 1.5 hours

SOME, TONNES, NONE X-PERIENCE

Participants must deal, first hand, with the unequal distribution of food on our planet. By the end of this exercise, they understand why hunger is, by far, the biggest killer in the world today.

Age Group: 5 - 15
Ideal Group Size:
10+
Time:
1 hour

A 'TASTE' OF WORLD NEED

As part of their visit, some groups like to incorporate a meal into the day, consisting of food typically eaten in slum conditions.

BREAKFAST

  • Meager Meal: Breakfast as served in some South East Asian orphanages: 2 simple slices of bread, served with a cup of spiced chai.
  • Burundi Breakfast:  A delicious corn-based porridge, made by the participants themselves.
LUNCH
  • Slum Lunch: A delicious menu drawn from slums all around the world.
  • Rubbish Lunch: A reminder of the depths some must reach to find nutrition.
DINNER
  • Haitian Stew: A delectable gruel, served with a reminder of the plight of those still in need.
  • Refugee Meal:  A simple fare reflecting the lack of choice faced by many who are displaced.
BEVERAGES
    • Plastic Bags: A simple offering of water and soft drinks, served in the plastic bags so often seen in nations around the world.
    • Chai: A drink served, by similar names, through many nations across the globe.
Note:
  • Food is hygienic, despite appearances.
  • Many meals are suitable for vegetarians, and do not contain peanuts/peanut oil. If you have specific allergy related questions, please call us, ahead of time, in order for us to discuss them.

For all:
Age Group: 5 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: 20+
Time: 45 minutes

SLUM X-PERIENCE

Participants try to earn enough to survive by making paper bags out of newspaper and home made glue. From their 'income', they must pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and, if they are fortunate, education. Those that cannot make it end up in the hands of a loan shark. This x-perience throws participants into the hopelessness and intricacy of the poverty web.

Age Group: 13 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: 20+
Time:
2 hours

REFUGEE RUN

Participants face simulated attacks, mine fields where they may be ‘injured’, life in a refugee camp, hunger, illness, lack of education, corruption and uncertain shelter or safety. Participants may also be marched under guard, subjected to ambush and, ultimately, offered a chance of re-settlement where they must re-build their lives. 

Age Group: 16 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: 20 - 80
Time: 2 hours

WATER ISSUES

THE CHALLENGE OF WATER
Brings to life the burden of gathering water shouldered by the 1.1 billion people who lack access to clean water, and solutions to help address this issue.
Age Group: 5 - 15
Ideal Group Size: 20+
Time: 1 hour

THE COST OF WATER

Demonstrates the holistic ramifications of lack of access to clean water, and the ‘hidden cost’ many, without access, may bear. This also looks at the role of technology in helping alleviate this issue.
Age Group: 12 - 18
Ideal Group Size: 20+
Time: 1 hour

FAIR TRADE COFFEE X-PERIENCE

This simulation provides a  powerful encounter with Fair Trade. Participants ‘battle’ the ‘profit wars’ involved in the growing, roasting, shipping and retailing of coffee beans. The simulation highlights the difficulties of giving a fair ‘deal’ to all involved in the supply chain. It brings alive the issues that perpetuate the gap between rich and poor and leads into stimulating discussion which invites all to look for alternatives.

Age Group: 13 - Adult
Ideal Group Size: 20+
Time: 45 minutes