ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Redefining Resilience with Yusra Mardini

Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection
Worldwide Olympic Partner

Olympian experience hosted by Yusra

60 mins, Hosted in English

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 G$12,184.

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
  • 4 Reviews
  • Identity verified
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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About the organization: UNHCR (UNO-Fluchtlingshilfe)



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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Teresa
July 2021
Yusra was a wonderful host! She was engaging, authentic and made everyone feel welcome. She has a knack for connecting with people and inviting them into her journey. She felt like a friend by the end!
Kristina
July 2021
Yusra is incredibly inspiring and I was so honored to join her Airbnb Experience! She has overcome so much, is following her dreams, and truly changing the world. What a once in a lifetime experience to learn about her journey firsthand - thank you Yusra & Airbnb!
Ali
July 2021
Yusra was very kind, open and welcoming. She is a fantastic host with a unique and inspiring story to tell.
Fillipe Guilherme
July 2021
Yursa is an inspiring person who shows us that we can achieve everything we dream of.

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
You’ll need to stream audio and video to participate.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.