A group of P.E.I. elementary school students is getting first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a refugee camp.

The program, hosted by the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada, will have the students pretend to be refugees, register in a mock camp, and pick up supplies. There will also be a presentation from a refugee who now lives on P.E.I.

"We have a whole bunch of responses from students and some of them were just so moving and touching," said Yvette Doucette at the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers.

"We had students just say I've never thought about this stuff before, I didn't know what a refugee was, I didn't know that people were being forced from their homes, I didn't know that this was not a choice. I didn't know anything really about the life of a refugee at all."

Doucette hopes to offer this course to more P.E.I. students in the future.