Gather your team on a video call for an intimate conversation with a refugee guest speaker ("conversation partner") from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Venezuela. Hear their personal story about life before being displaced, the conflict that forced them to leave home, and the challenges of rebuilding your life in a new community. Each session aims to change the narrative of fear around migrant communities and give your team the opportunity to ask questions and hear firsthand a story they would never hear otherwise.
Customize your session to touch on any or all of the following topics:
- Personal narratives of displacement
- Deep dive into human rights and politics
- Gender lens on displacement
- Phrasebook language learning (Arabic, Spanish, or Persian)
Refugee guest speaker bios (subject to availability):
- Faraj Razzouk is in his late 20s and is originally from Salamiyah, Syria. He fled to Lebanon where he studied history. He now lives in Milan, Italy with his wife, who also Syrian, and he is passionate about playing guitar and reading Arabic poetry. Topics Faraj can cover include: introduction to Arabic, history of the Syrian conflict, and rebuilding life after conflict.
- Marianela Nunez is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela. She was living in Merida, Venezuela when she decided to move to San Jose, Costa Rica due to conflict in her home country. Previously Marianela taught Spanish and owned an adventure tourism agency. She loves to travel, meet people from different countries, talk and learn about their culture and interests, so she loves teaching Spanish via Skype. Marianela is also an ecologist and a passionate recycler. Topics Marianela can cover include: introduction to Spanish, history of the Venezuelan conflict, rebuilding life after conflict, and culture and traditions of Venezuela
- Hadiya Ahmed is in her 30s and originally from Qamishli, Syria. Due to the conflict in her home country, she fled to Erbil, Iraq where she lives with her husband and two children. She previously worked as a social worker and studied English literature at university. In her free time, she loves reading novels, playing basketball, and doing Zumba. Topics Hadiya can cover include: introduction to Arabic, impact of the Syrian conflict on women, life in a refugee camp, and Kurdish-Syrian heritage and identity.