In school, on TV and in books, kids learn about other countries and how people live outside of the United States — but most of them never get to step foot in a developing nation and truly understand what life there is like. 

That's what makes The Compassion Experience such a meaningful exhibit. The free, touring event provides an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. And in a few weeks, the tour is making a stop in Sherwood. 

In 1,7000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors can step inside homes, markets and schools to explore a nation that is thousands of miles away. 

Each visitor will receive an iPod and headset as he or she walks through the exhibit. There will be two different "story options" which take about 15 minutes each — the Sherwood location will feature Guatemala and Uganda. 

The event is designed to provide an education about what poverty is really like, but each of the story starts in hardship and ends in hope.

The Compassion Experience will be at That.Church at 901 E Kiehl Ave. in Sherwood from Nov. 4-7. Visitors can just show up on the day of or reserve free tickets ahead of time for a specific time slot on the website. Groups of 20 or more should e-mail to reserve their space.

Learn more about The Compassion Experience on the website or check them out on Facebook.