PÅ FLUKT

The Refugee Experience

The Norwegian Red Cross has an activity for youth that is call På Flukt or «On the Run» English version. This time, the game took place in Fosen, Norway. I had the opportunity to participate as an instructor and live the experience to be on the run as different roles. This time the Leader Instructor was Kristine Nordås Toska, Red Cross volunteer with 7 years of experience and many PÅ FLUKT games and a group of 14 instructors including three Youth Delegates, Durga and Ash Maya from Nepal and Diego from Colombia.

Here we have an interview with Kristine Nordås the Leader Instructor.

 


PÅ FLUKT

  Why did you decide to become a Red Cross Volunteer? Well I do not remember the specific reason, but I looked at the TV Aksjon, that is a fundraising program that time for Red Cross and I actually saw a video from Colombia with the former youth leader. I was like, “oh I want to do this” and then I saw the local paper a couple of months later so I did it. How long have you been involved with På Flukt? Since 2009, seven years now. What made you get involved with På Flukt? One of the girls in the local area where I started, was very involved with På Flukt and she still is, she said you have to do this and then I went to the Instructor Course, actually I had my first my first game at Fosen in 2009 so I have been back here ever since.

 

Why did you decide to become a Red Cross Volunteer?

Well I do not remember the specific reason, but I looked at the TV Aksjon, that is a fundraising program that time for Red Cross and I actually saw a video from Colombia with the former youth leader. I was like, “oh I want to do this” and then I saw the local paper a couple of months later so I did it.

How long have you been involved with På Flukt?

Since 2009, seven years now.

What made you get involved with På Flukt?

One of the girls in the local area where I started, was very involved with På Flukt and she still is, she said you have to do this and then I went to the Instructor Course, actually I had my first my first game at Fosen in 2009 so I have been back here ever since.

  Do you take part in other Red Cross Activity? I haven´t done a lot of things in Red Cross youth but i am in Hjelpekorps in addition to På Flukt. What is På Flukt? It is a role play activity from the Norwegian Red Cross about being a refugee for 24 hours to get a little taste of what is like to be on the run basically, you have to go through long walking sessions, filling a lot of papers, feel what it is like to be on the run as a refugee.

 

Do you take part in other Red Cross Activity?

I haven´t done a lot of things in Red Cross youth but i am in Hjelpekorps in addition to På Flukt.

What is På Flukt?

It is a role play activity from the Norwegian Red Cross about being a refugee for 24 hours to get a little taste of what is like to be on the run basically, you have to go through long walking sessions, filling a lot of papers, feel what it is like to be on the run as a refugee.

  Who can be a participant? Participants usually, is almost always confirmation people but also colleges, high schools, everyone who wants to join but most of the time is arrange but the local groups, they decide they have the participants and then they have it as part of the teaching thing in the confirmation camps basically.

 

Who can be a participant?

Participants usually, is almost always confirmation people but also colleges, high schools, everyone who wants to join but most of the time is arrange but the local groups, they decide they have the participants and then they have it as part of the teaching thing in the confirmation camps basically.

  In how many På Flukts have you been involved? Almost 50 games so far. Why do you think that Red Cross has created this activity? It is a good way to change attitudes, because you get the personal experience to be on the run and not just hearing it from someone else, I think it is an effective way to be involved yourself, and it has always been refugees here.  At least now, it is really important to have På Flukt because of the situation with refugees. Is there something else that you want to add for the people who wants to know more about På Flukt? To this question, Kristine said, “It is really fun”. During the evaluation when the participants can see, what På Flukt is all about and listed to their experiences. You can talk to people who went to På Flukt 5 or 10 years ago and they still remember the feeling of being on the run, seeing the difference that makes after a while.   ON THE RUN Diego Fernando Junco Colombian Youth Delegate 2015-2016

 

In how many På Flukts have you been involved?

Almost 50 games so far.

Why do you think that Red Cross has created this activity?

It is a good way to change attitudes, because you get the personal experience to be on the run and not just hearing it from someone else, I think it is an effective way to be involved yourself, and it has always been refugees here.  At least now, it is really important to have På Flukt because of the situation with refugees.

Is there something else that you want to add for the people who wants to know more about På Flukt?

To this question, Kristine said, “It is really fun”.

During the evaluation when the participants can see, what På Flukt is all about and listed to their experiences. You can talk to people who went to På Flukt 5 or 10 years ago and they still remember the feeling of being on the run, seeing the difference that makes after a while.

 

ON THE RUN

Diego Fernando Junco

Colombian Youth Delegate 2015-2016