Below are some common questions that participants have. For more information on how the poverty simulation works, please see What to expect

1) How long does the simulation run for?

Approximately 2-2.5 hours, depending on the number of participants on the day of the simulation.

2) As a participant, do I need to undergo any sort of training or preparation ahead of time?

Nope! There will be an orientation at the beginning of the simulation in which the facilitator will explain the rules and guidelines for the simulation to all participants.

3) Do I need to bring anything with me?

Some organizations will need you to bring your ID, but in terms of the simulation, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!

4) What are the materials provided in the simulation?

Each “family” will receive a family packet containing all information that you need for your role. This may include items like ID, health card, playing money, pencils, notepads, transportation passes, and so forth.

5) Where can I store my belongings during the simulation?

Since there will be a lot of movement during the simulation, we will allocate a secured space for participants to place their belongings. Our simulation assistants will keep an eye on all of your stuff for you for the duration of the simulation.

6) Is there a dress code for the simulation?

The simulation will be conducted indoors. We recommend that participants dress comfortably for the simulation as there will be a lot of movement around the room.

7) Am I allowed to bring food and drinks to the simulation?

You may bring food and drinks to the facility. However, we request that you leave them with your belongings at the designated space for the duration of the simulation.

8) Will I be given breaks during the simulation?

The actual simulation will run for approximately 60 minutes and will be continuous (4 x 15-minute “weeks”). We recommend that participants take their breaks either before or after the actual simulation.

9) Will I be participating in groups?

It depends on the random assignment. Some participants will be grouped with other participants to form a “family”. Others may be assigned to a single person “family” unit.

10) What happens after the simulation ends?

After the simulation, we will have a short debriefing session where participants can share their experiences, concerns, insights and other thoughts with one another. We will conclude with a short survey.

11) What happens if I decide that I do not want to participate any longer during the simulation?

You can withdraw from participating at any time. The simulation is designed to simulate the environment that people in poverty experience in their daily lives. As such, the simulation may invoke feelings of stress, helplessness, frustration, and uncertainty. If you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed at any point during the simulation, please inform the facilitator and we will accommodate your concerns.

12)  Will this be like a game where we compete with other “families”?

The poverty simulation is a learning experience, not a game. Participants are required to take the simulation seriously, and we do not encourage participants to compete with one another; there is no “winning” or “losing” in the simulation.

13)  Can my friends and family come by to watch?

We have limited space during the simulation. If your friends and family are interested, encourage them to participate!

Food-A-Rama_Pov Sim Fall, 2016