Interactive tours of the Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood are available each year 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.


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.



Cost $5 per student
Location Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Rd, Auburn
Venue is located 500 metres from Auburn Train Station, approximately an 8 minute walk. The suburb of Auburn is right at the heart of Sydney, only 17 km from the Sydney CBD and 6 km from Parramatta.
Book a tour Click here to complete an Expression Of Interest enquiry and Council Staff will get back to you within 5 working days to confirm.
Family friendly public tours will be available on Saturday 5 August 2018. Bookings will open May 2018 for family friendly tours.
When Monday 31 July – Friday 10 August
Enquiries For more information please call Marika Kahle (Cumberland Council Community Education Officer) on 9840 9660 or email on

Resources for teachers

Download a list of Educational Resources on refugee and asylum seeker issues.

Risk Identification and Management Matrix 2017 

Hear what others have to say

“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