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People Map


Description of a Get-to-know-you Activity

James Neill
Last updated:
30 Jul 2007

People Map

  • An interesting way for people to get to know one another is to learn about the geographical distribution of where people come from.
  • Ask participants to create a human map, by standing to indicate where they consider home.  Indicate North, East, South & West, then allow participants to position themselves to create a map.
  • Ask the person who is the furthest what their name is and where they come from.  Proceed to ask each major cluster where they come from.  In this process, participants may refine or improve their map.
  • Optional: To extend the activity, ask participants to create a human map to show:
    • where their mother/father was born
    • where they would ideally like to live
    • the fartherest place you've travelled

Equipment: None

Time: ~10 mins

Brief description:

Create a human map to show where people consider their home.  Indicate North, East, South & West, then allow participants to position themselves to create a map.