School Tours

Interactive tours are available for both primary and secondary school students.

  • Students will experience the journey of a refugee as they flee their home, experience life in a refugee camp, make a choice to come to Australia and start their new life.
  • Tours are led by refugee and asylum seeker tour guides who share their personal stories and experiences.
  • Interactive activities provide an opportunity for students to engage with refugee issues.
  •  The journey is linked to real refugee camp experiences of shelter, food, education, and your choices for resettlement.
  • Active participation and involvement of students throughout the interactive tour.
  • Debrief session after the tour for students to reflect on the experience.
  • Explore themes of cultural diversity, and history of Australia’s multiculturalism in relation to asylum seekers and refugees.

Curriculum Links

This project has a range of curriculum links including HSIE, Geography, History, PDHPE, English, Legal Studies, Economics, Project Based Learning Program, Religious Studies and Social Justice. Cross curriculum priorities: Australia’s engagement in Asia and Sustainability.

Book a School Tour

Cost $35 per student 
(Note: we understand not all students can afford this. Please indicate in this EOI form if your school would like to be considered for a discount.)
Location Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus.
Female Orphan School, Building EZ, Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116 
Book a tour Expressions of interest for 2024 can be submitted here. 

29 July – 15 August 2024

Enquiries Please email all enquiries to

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Resources for teachers

What other teachers have said

“Our students were extremely moved by our visit and gained great insight into the experiences faced by refugees. The highlights were the opportunity to speak to real refugees who were our guides, listening to real stories and the outdoor camp.”

Teacher, Trinity Catholic College

“The boys and teachers were touched by the displays and talks (particularly the UN camp) and left really well informed on the plight of refugees globally and those seeking and in need of Australia’s help.”

Teacher, Knox Grammar School

Watch this video to see what a tour looks like