Connecting US and Syrian Youth Through Virtual Exchange and Virtual Reality
With the Syrian war raging and international attention waning, Global Nomads Group, in partnership with Dr. Nonny
de la Peña and Immersive Journalism’s Project Syria, created a program that connected American and Syrian Youth
through an immersive virtual reality simulation.
I was introduced to virtual reality by Nonny de la Peña at the FoST Summit in 2014. That day, Nonny and I agreed to explore how we could blend Virtual Reality with Virtual Exchange. It all started at FoST.
Inner city high school students were immersed in a virtual reality recreation of a bombing and its aftermath in Aleppo, Syria where they experienced the realities of war and the crisis affecting the Syrian people. Afterward, they met via live video link with Syrian refugee youth at a Save the Children community center in Amman, Jordan.