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Overcoming hardship with Yusra Mardini

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection

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Olympic experience hosted by Yusra

60 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in Arabic, English

What you'll do

I’ll take you on a journey through my life to show you how I’ve stayed motivated every step of the way. We’ll start with introductions so I can get to know you. I want to know what things hold you back, the challenges you face, how motivated you are now, and what goals you want to achieve in the future. I’ll then take you through the major events in my life, using each event as an example of how to overcome challenges and stay motivated. I’ll bring in photos and film clips from my journey to show you all the things that kept me visualizing my success.

We’ll go from my beginnings in swimming to the process of becoming a refugee. I’ll also share my journey as a refugee escaping my home country to the moment when I swam in the 2016 Olympic Games. I’ve been able to withstand the challenges every step of the way because of my ability to stay motivated. Now, I want to share that ability with you.

Feel free to ask questions anytime. Let’s keep an open dialogue going. If you share a similar experience, let me know. If I achieved something you would like advice on, let me know! I want you to feel empowered and leave this experience with tangible ways to survive and thrive against any and all obstacles that may come your way.
I’ll take you on a journey through my life to show you how I’ve stayed motivated every step of the way. We’ll start with introductions so I can get to know you. I want to know what things hold you back, the challenges you face, how motivated you are now, and what goals you want to achieve in the future. I’ll then take you through the major events in my life, using each event as an example of how to overcome challenges and stay motivated. I’ll bri…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.

What to bring

  • An open mind, good mood and something to snack on.
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Meet your host, Yusra

Olympian · Representing Refugee Olympic Team · Host on Airbnb since 2020
  • 4 Reviews
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Hello, my name is Yusra Mardini. In 2015, at the age of 17, I fled the Syrian War and set off on a perilous journey to find safety in Europe. On this journey, I ended up helping my sister and another swim our dinghy to safety. In 2016, I became a member of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team as a swimmer, and competed at the Rio Games—helping to represent 65 million displaced people worldwide.

I am now living in Hamburg, Germany, and I am still concentrating on my professional swimming career—with the aim of competing again at the Tokyo Games.

Since 2017, I’ve been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. I’ve been working to alter the current perception of refugees by sharing my message of hope, determination, and courage at various events.
Hello, my name is Yusra Mardini. In 2015, at the age of 17, I fled the Syrian War and set off on a perilous journey to find safety in Europe. On this journey, I ended up helping my sister and another swim our dinghy to safety. In 2016, I became a member of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team as a swimmer, and competed at the Rio Games—helping to represent 65 million displaced people worldwide.

I am now living in Hamburg, Germany, and I am still concentrating on my professional swimmi…
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About the organisation: Give Something Back To Berlin



Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) is a multiple award-winning project platform and hub fostering community integration, intercultural dialogue and participation among Berlin’s diverse migrant populations. Online and offline, GSBTB works as a connector, creator and catalyst for all sorts of grassroots-driven social impact work in the interface of culture, education, advocacy and empowerment.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Give Something Back To Berlin.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Marij
July 2020
I loved this experience! Yusra made everybody feel welcome and I feel as if I have gotten to know her on a more personal level. She has an amazing story to tell and she's an inspiring woman!
Cynthia
July 2020
It was great! We were only 10 participants besides Yusra so we could all participate. Too bad it only lasted an hour, hopefully next experiences could last more.
Artie
July 2020
Getting to meet Yusra was a once in a lifetime experience and the proceeds went to a cause she cared about too! She is a great storyteller, has a truly infectious smile, and shared her passion and journey with great detail. Honestly, we need to listen to more people like Yusra. Her message of peace and understanding are very powerful, and I’m so thrilled I got to interact and hear from such a special person!
Getting to meet Yusra was a once in a lifetime experience and the proceeds went to a cause she cared about too! She is a great storyteller, has a truly infectious smile, and shared…
Brian
July 2020
Starting my day listening to Yusra's story was magical. She is so inspiring and you can't spend time with her and not come away uplifted and motivated to conquer your biggest obstacles.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.