Hi! I'm an international human rights advocate, international law professor and social entrepreneur, and have been living in Geneva for a decade. Originally I'm half Australian and half Kiwi (from New Zealand). I love living in Geneva; it's a great city, although it has its quirks!
I've had guests of one kind or another occupying my spare rooms (or before that, the couch) for most of life - I enjoy having guests, and love to entertain, but I can appreciate giving people their own quiet space as I also need my own 'time out'.
I love to cook, so if you come at the right time, I may have been baking and you'll get to share :)
I'm looking forward to welcoming you to my apartment.
Your stay in my apartment helps a young student learn about human rights!
The reason I rent my spare rooms through AirBnB is very simple - I do so in order to fund an internship program for students and young practitioners in human rights to come to Geneva and learn about the United Nations and human rights advocacy. The cost of living in Geneva is very high, and while it is the centre of the world for learning about human rights, it is prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of young people to come here to gain practical experience in learning how to be human rights advocates. But by using the (very little bit of) profit I make from AirBnB to provide free accommodation for young interns in a student residence, I am able to offer a rolling 3-month internship program (mentoring 3-4 interns at a time), to help train the next generation of human rights practitioners.
Since late 2012, thanks to our AirBnB guests doing nothing more than selecting this place to stay out from amongst the myriad of other options in Geneva, we've managed to offer funded internships to 16 young people. Many of our intern alumni are already back in their home countries, making and changing policies and laws, as they progress in world-changing careers! If you want more information about how renting out rooms through AirBnB to support human rights interns is part of my social entrepreneurship endeavours - search online for more info about my organisation, Te Atawhai Nation.
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