Schedule Your Visit to the Mercy Corps Action Center

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The Action Center, located in our global headquarters in downtown Portland, is a unique place where global issues come to life through Mercy Corps work. Start talking about the world in a different way and experience how we put bold solutions into action with our interactive workshops and exhibits. Plan your visit today using the scheduling tool below.

Can't come to us? We will come to you. Invite a Volunteer Community Ambassador to introduce Mercy Corps to your class, club or group.

Have questions? Contact us at or (503) 896-5750.

Schedule your visit below

  • Two-Hour Workshops

    Run by experienced educators, participants will engage in lively discussion, small group work, role-play and experiential learning games to transform the way they see the world. By focusing on challenges that Mercy Corps faces around the world, students begin to understand the root causes and impacts of poverty and community development strategies for change.

    Workshops are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

    FEE: $125 per workshop
    Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. Workshops can accommodate 10 - 35 participants. Our workshops are available for youth (minimum 6th grade) and adults.

    Global Issues

    • Life Without Lights

      Electricity is at the center of health, jobs, safety, educational success – yet millions of people live without it. Discover how technology and social change are connected.

    • Education for All: Breaking Down Barriers

      How does education play a role in breaking the cycle of poverty? Understand the value of education and barriers that block access to this basic need.

    • Right on the Money: Microfinance

      Small loans and alternative methods of financing transform the lives of many people living in poverty. Explore how these methods of finance can break the cycle of poverty.

    • When Disaster Strikes

      Disasters happen without warning and leave destruction in their wake. Learn how Mercy Corps assesses community need and responds in crisis.

    • Water! Where is It Going?

      Abundant and yet paradoxically scarce, water is vital for life and development. This workshop will highlight global challenges in managing one of the world’s most precious resources.

    • Who Has the Food - And Who is Going Hungry

      What does it mean to be food secure? We produce enough to feed the world – why are millions of people still hungry?

    • Violence, Upheaval and the Challenges of Rebuilding

      War and conflict have profound and lasting effects on communities. Explore the challenges of violent conflict, dispanacement and returning home.


    Community Development

    • International Development 101

      Disaster strikes, conflict erupts and help is needed. Take a deeper look at the roadblocks, relationships and expectations that development professionals experience.

    • Community Mobilization

      Mercy Corps believes that by working together, you can solve tough challenges. Find out how we break down big problems and assess community practices. Learn the tools needed to make change in your community.

    • It's Time to Go to Work (But It's Not 9-5!)

      International development work is not your run-of-the-mill career. The pace is fast, the intellectual demands rigorous, the passion intense. Learn what happens behind the scenes at Mercy Corps Global Headquarters. (All-day workshop. Please call for pricing.)


    Skill building

    • Leadership

      Mercy Corps knows that it takes strong leaders to make positive change. Learn how to identify your strengths as a leader and how to collaborate with other styles of leadership. (Optional extension: Understanding Your Conflict Style)>

    • Art + Activism = Artivism

      Have a passion? Have a vision? Learn to fuse your medium and your message to make a powerful statement.

    • Mind the Gap: Cross-Cultural Communication

      Language, attitude and behavior can be a barrier or a bridge. Learn to recognize ways we communicate culture and develop strategies to bridge cultural gaps.

    • If You Raise It, Change Will Come

      Fundraising requires so much more than just asking for money. It is about understanding what motivates people to give and connecting people to the change their donation can make. Take the first step to being a successful fundraiser.

    • Additional Programs

      Free Introduction to Mercy Corps and Tour of Exhibit
      A free, one-hour, self-guided tour of the exhibit is available to groups that want a short introduction to Mercy Corps. Explore our exhibit spaces, and meet with an educator to understand who we are, what we do, and how we work.

      Community Action Partnership
      We partner with classes to offer in-depth service learning. Students will participate in four workshops at the Action Center with the goal of preparing for a community action project. After completion of the project, our educators will visit the class for a final reflection. Our five-part series is designed to help students acquire the skills and understanding they need to take action – together with their class – in their school and/ or community. Please inquire for more information on content, requirements and fees.

      Mercy Corps At Your Event
      Hosting an event for the school or group? Request a Mercy Corps representative here. Please request at least one month in advance.


      Use the below scheduling tool to request a visit. An educator will respond to your request within 2 business days.

Please note that our workshops are designed for middle school youth through adult. Please inquire about a free tour of our exhibit spaces for elementary aged groups.
Workshops accommodate between 10 - 35 participants. For more than 35 participants, we will schedule additional workshops.
Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. We traditionally offer programs Monday - Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
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