The Raft Session

This session is used to facilitate communication, to increase team-building skills and to bring out to the forefront people’s attitudes and values

Give one worksheet to each participant and get them to read the instructions. They have to decide who they would take on the raft and why. Once they have completed the task  bring the participants together in groups of 3 or 4 and as a group they decide who the survivors are. In all likelihood this will require the young people to discuss and negotiate. The group all have to be in agreement.

It may be helpful to tease out the labels the young people focus on in their decision making. Do they see the positive or negative label  e.g the doctor who is also a drug addict. What assumptions are made about each of the people? How do the young people determine each person on the shipwrecks worth? Will anyone not on the boat be affect by the decisions?


The Raft

A ship is wrecked in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from land. There are no immediate chances of rescue.

15 people are still alive and they manage to make a raft; because of the lack of time and equipment, the raft is only big enough to support 9 survivors.

You have to decide which 6 of those listed you have to dispose of, you are not one of the survivors, and no one is allowed to hang onto the raft.

  1. A crippled boy, paralysed since birth.  The boy cannot use his hands, must be fed by others because he can do nothing for himself.
  2. A doctor, a general practitioner.  He is nervous because he is a drug addict.  Age 60.
  3. A married couple:  a. building worker, drinks a lot, age 27.  b.woman, housewife, 2 children at home, age 23.
  4. A Preacher.  Age 27
  5. A restaurant owner, married with 3 children at home.  Age 43.
  6. A prostitute, no parents.  She already saved a drowning child and is an excellent nurse.  Age 36.
  7. A teacher, considered one of the best teachers in his city.  Married.  Age 32
  8. A criminal, male, charged with murder.  He is the only one capable of navigating the raft.
  9. A nun.  Head teacher in a girls school.  Age 46.
  10. A man, mentally disturbed, who carries important government secrets in his head.
  11. A beggar, formerly professor of literature.  He has a great sense of humour, showed great courage in the last war and was in a concentration camp for 3 years.  Age 53.
  12. A salesman, sells automatic washers, and is a member of the British Legion.  Age 51.
  13.  A young married couple, deeply in love, but no children yet.  They are both citizens of China.  a) man studying to be a pharmacist.  Age 24  b)woman, housewife, helps with kindergarten.  Age 21.

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