This is the third activity on social inclusion. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on social inclusion here.


60 minutes


Between 6 and 15 participants.


  • Whiteboard or flipchart
  • Whiteboard markers


One of the youth groups at greater risk of social exclusion is that belonging to rural areas, in danger of depopulation. In Spain, there is a significant number of young people belonging to immigrant families, who live in rural areas. We discovered that inclusive living in rural areas is essential for the happiness of native and immigrant youth. We focus on two necessary actions in any inclusion process: WELCOME and ADAPT. We will look for active verbs, simple actions that lead us to WELCOME and ADAPT.

On the board we will make two columns, there we record the active verbs that we find. This way:



  • To be placed in the position of the young people who arrive in a new environment and the young people that receive them.
  • Find concrete actions related to ADAPT and WELCOME.
  • Reflect on practical and simple ways that facilitate the inclusion of young people at risk


This activity has two parts.

Part 1:

The facilitator will separate the large group into two groups that will be placed at two ends of the classroom, facing each other.

A participant from each group will come out to meet in the middle of the classroom and represent “ENCOUNTERS”, meetings between strangers who want to get to know eachother.

While two participants meet, the rest of the group that observes will identify which concrete actions (active verbs) respond to the great actions of WELCOME AND ADAPT.

At the end of each “Encounter” these concrete actions will be verbalized and written on the board.

Some examples of concrete actions:

  • Converse
  • Listen
  • Hug
  • Accompany
  • Shake hands
  • Offer what you eat
  • Give your phone

Part 2:

When all participants have lived their “Encounter”, the facilitator will separate the large group into small groups of 3 people. The facilitator will then suggest to each small group some of these situations that they must represent looking for concrete actions of WELCOME and ADAPT.

1- Carla is a young Romanian dancer who goes to a village to give a dance workshop.

2- Peter is a Turkish volunteer who arrives to his new apartment where he will live with two other young Spaniards.

3- Paco is the son of gypsies who come to live in a town, Paco enters the bar for the first time in which other young people are playing pool.

4- Ruth is the daughter of Moroccan immigrants, lives in a small town, usually has trouble with finding free time to spend with other girls because she must take care of her 3 little siblings. Today girls go to look for her at her home to invite her to go sunbathing.

5- Alberto is the son of South American immigrants, lives in a town and is interested in music, reading and painting. In the town nobody shares their interests.


  • What concrete actions can you take to facilitate the welcoming and adaptation of people to a new environment?