Virtual Reality Field Trips

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Donate your old phone to help underprivileged kids see the world

30 phones will allow us to take virtual reality field trips to hundreds of students and kids in orphanages that might not otherwise get to do field trips through a travelling, interactive programme

A few weeks ago we took Google Cardboard, Google’s low-cost virtual reality device, to a Klang orphanage to run an empathy-building exercise with girls. They watched the documentary Clouds over Sidra about a girl in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and wrote her letters.

It was an incredible experience for the girls. Now, we want to take this to more orphanages and schools through a programme that takes immersive, virtual reality learning experiences to children who might never otherwise get a chance to do a field trip or leave their small town.

Google is providing us 30 units of Google Cardboard, a product that allows us to turn a mobile phone into a virtual reality device providing a 360-degree view of anything from the Zaatari refugee camps to the bottom of the ocean.

Here’s where we need you. We need mobile phones to put inside the Google Cardboard devices. Both Android and iPhones (iPhone 5 and above) work.

Everyone who donates a phone will get an impact report from the project that includes a description of the activities, which schools and orphanages were serves, and some photos of the virtual reality field trips!

We all have mobile phones that aren’t going to do anything more than sit in a drawer — time to give them a second life doing something really, really awesome for kids


A Google Cardboard unit + a compatible phone creates a virtual reality experience. Cardboard uses the accelerometer sensors in your phone to understand where you’ve turned your heard and adjusts your view in the viewer. Apps like VRSE (with virtual reality documentaries), Google Earth, and Google Street View can all be used to put students nearly anywhere in the world.

Photo credit: Google

Google Cardboard is supported by iPhone 4 and above and most Android Phones that supports Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and above.

Here are some phones that are supported:

Google Nexus 4 Samsung Galaxy S3 Motorola Moto G, X Sony Xperia SP
Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Motorola Droid Mini Sony Xperia V
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Galaxy S4 Motorola Droid Ultra Sony Xperia Z
HTC Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Motorola Droid Maxx Sony Xperia Z1
HTC One Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LG Sony Xperia ZL
HTC One Google Play Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LG G2 Sony Xperia ZR
HTC J Samsung Galaxy S4 LG Nexus 4 Sony Xperia Z Ultra
HTC Droid DNA Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LG Optimus L7, L5, L3 Sony Xperia T
HTC Butterfly LG Optimus G & G Pro Sony Xperia TX
LG Optimus VU

If your phone isn’t listed here, just check which Android version you have. To find out which Android OS is on your device: Open your device’s Settings. Tap About Phone or About Device. Tap Android Version to display your version information.

My phone has a cracked screen. Can you still use it?

Sorry! We can’t use phones with cracked screens.

My phone works but the battery doesn’t. Does that work?

Unfortunately, we don’t have any funding to fix phones or buy replacement parts so we wouldn’t be able to make good use of it.

Can you erase my phone contents for me?

Yes! No problem. You can also reset your phone memory yourself. Here are some quick instructions.

Have another question not on here? Drop us an email!

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… one more thing!

You can do us a huge, huge favour by sharing this page on your Facebook or emailing it to friends you think might have old phones to donate. Very posting helps us get closer to our target! Here’s a link to this page you can copy to easily post it to your facebook:

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