Interactive tour gives perspective on life in developing countries

DESTIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If you've ever been curious what life is like outside the comforts of the United States, then the Compassion Experience might be for you.

"Not everyone can afford to go to a developing country to see what we are doing, so we bring it to their backyards so they are able to see that," says Compassion Experience Tour Manager Nora Beswick.

Taking you through an interactive journey of true stories of children living in developing countries, participants get a better understanding of how rough life can be.

"The reason that we are doing this is so folks can learn more about what we as compassion are doing. Why it is so important that we are doing this. Some of the stories of what these children's lives are like without these resources and how we are able to get them involved in helping out," adds Beswick.

Whether you choose Ruben or Julian, each experience gives you an insight into the life and struggles they face every day.

"We'll set you up with an i-Pod. It's self guided, so you'll actually walk through rooms that are replicated to look exactly like what these children's lives look in the developing countries," Beswick explains.

Visiting countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic, each child's journey starts in poverty but ends in hope.

"We work in 26 different countries with kids who are living on less than a dollar a day. To be able to provide them with food, clothing, medical care and education and a spiritual education as well," says Beswick.

"They don't even have anything. They don't have nice clothes, they don't have nice school. They barely even go to school, because the parents can't afford it," tells 10-year-old Austin Erwin. "It helped me figure out what I had and what other people didn't have."

"I feel like I understand what they are going through more," explains Steven Huber, 12.

The Compassion Experience is open and free to the public at the Destin United Methodist Church until Monday.

Their next stop is Fort Meyers, but will be in Panama City in at Northstar Church March 10th-13th.