ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Redefining Resilience with Yusra Mardini

Worldwide Olympic Partner

Olympian experience hosted by Yusra

60 mins, Hosted in English
Join online
Meet your host live on Zoom.
Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Yusra Mardini, an Olympic swimmer from Syria, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador, returns this year to the Airbnb Online Experiences platform for an open dialogue with guests about her journey to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. After participating in Rio 2016, Yusra once again has qualified to join 28 other refugee athletes, as part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This team, made of exceptionally courageous and inspirational athletes, represents a vision for inclusivity and diversity - one that takes shape despite hardship.

In this Experience, Yusra reflects on how, with her journey to Europe (as she fled conflict in Syria), her challenges did not end there, but rather continued as she took on more uncharted waters. Yusra pursued her passion for swimming on a larger scale, while also showing a commitment to supporting the refugee diaspora, and empowering youth through dedicated advocacy work. We learn lessons from her that span far and wide: lessons on resilience; the power of understanding and embracing one’s own identity; what it means to be a young female refugee athlete; and, ultimately, the impact her and her teammates can have on global perceptions of refugees.
Yusra Mardini, an Olympic swimmer from Syria, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador, returns this year to the Airbnb Online Experiences platform for an open dialogue with guests about her journey to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. After participating in Rio 2016, Yusra once again has qualified to join 28 other refugee athletes, as part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This team, made of exceptionally courageous…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Yusra can host private groups of any size, up to 10 guests. Private group rates start at $59.

What to bring

  • An open mind, and a notepad and pen (if you’d like to take down notes).

Meet your host, Yusra

Olympian · Representing Refugee Olympic Team · Host on Airbnb since 2021
    Hello everyone!
    My name is Yusra Mardini. In 2015, at only 17 years old, I fled the Syrian war and set off on a perilous journey to find safety in Europe, where 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 Olympic Games in Rio 2016—helping to represent 65 million displaced people worldwide.

    I am now living in Hamburg/Germany, and concentrating on my professional swimming career, as I prepare to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in July 2021.

    Since 2017, I’ve been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, where I’ve been working to alter the current perception of refugees by sharing my message of hope, determination, and courage at various events.
    Hello everyone!
    My name is Yusra Mardini. In 2015, at only 17 years old, I fled the Syrian war and set off on a perilous journey to find safety in Europe, where 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 Olympic Games in Rio 2016—helping to represent 65 million displaced people worldwide.

    I am now living in Hamburg/Germany, and concentrating on my professi…
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    Thu, Jul 29
    $59 per person
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $59 per person
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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

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

    Government ID

    You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

    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.