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What to Expect in the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit

REAL. LIFE. and REAL. HOPE.

While the exhibit demonstrates the needs of people in eight different locations and situations, it also demonstrates REAL. HOPE. in what our volunteers and partners are doing to address the needs. The exhibit also ends on a very positive note: I Can Make A Difference. Practical suggestions offer groups ideas about what they can to do make a difference for the people whom they learned about in the exhibit.

Experiential learning

Because the exhibit is designed for experiential learning, your group will come to a greater understanding of the needs of children who are affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. Remember the saying: "Tell me, and I forget. Show me, and I may remember. Let me experience it, and I will understand."

Response and involvement

Several places in the exhibit allow you to interact with what you see:
  • Badge: You will receive a photo badge to wear around your neck while touring the exhibit. The badge includes a photo of a child in the exhibit, a thought-provoking question about the child’s REAL. LIFE. situation, and the statement “Do not forget.”  
  • Questions and quizzes: Located at various places throughout the exhibit are interactives that ask questions. Look for large yellow question marks.  
  • Leave a message: Three REAL. LIFE. walls display drawings made by children in the disaster zones as well as their stories. You are invited to leave a message for the children—a thought, a message of hope, a prayer.  
  • In a few places, you are invited to experience REAL. LIFE. by walking into a Ugandan hut, lifting a jerry can of water, walking into a latrine, stepping into a garbage dump, etc.  
  • I CAN - I WILL make a difference: In one of the last rooms in the exhibit, you will find a basket of I WILL pouches. Guests can take a pouch and walk into a Marketplace where they can visit market stalls. Each market stall features a take home card that shares a specific way a guest can choose to make a difference. A sample of stalls include: I CAN advocate, learn, pray, give, act, and volunteer.

Reflection and discussion

At the end of the exhibit is a reflection room where you will gather before leaving the exhibit. One of our trained facilitators will lead a time of discussion with your group to help them process what they have experienced in the exhibit. This is also a time to ask questions. If you wish to lead this time yourself, please let us know—ideally before your arrival.

Send us your comments and share your ideas: After you and your group tour the exhibit, let us know about your experience. Send suggestions, comments (yours and your group's), lesson plan and project ideas to exhibit@medicalteams.org.