Amplify refugee voices with a one-of-a-kind experience in your office or community.
NaTakallam (“we speak” in Arabic) is an award-winning, woman-founded, social enterprise that delivers high-quality, impactful language, translation and cultural exchange services, by vetted and highly-skilled refugees and displaced persons worldwide. This year, amplify the impact beyond one-on-one sessions and bring voices of the displaced to your office, community, and beyond through NaTakallam’s virtual guest speaker sessions, Refugee Voices.
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Led by NaTakallam’s professional refugee Conversation Partners (CPs), Refugee Voices virtual sessions provide open conversation about CPs’ personal stories, the context that forced him/her to leave, the challenges of rebuilding a life, and, if requested, phrasebook language learning. These sessions have proven to be an impactful and enriching experience to participants, beyond media and political headlines. Meanwhile, each session contributes directly to refugee livelihoods.
Customize your sessions
Sessions may be repeated multiple times to create a series with different CPs, from different regions. Sessions can include some or all of the following topics:
- Personal narratives of displacement
- A deeper dive into human rights and politics
- Gender lens on displacement
- Phrasebook language learning (Arabic, Spanish, or Persian)
Connect with a NaTakallam Conversation Partner from any of the following regions to hear their personal story and the context in which they fled:
Since the U.S.-led invasion and the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraq has been totally destabilized, forcing 3 million+ to leave their homes.
In 2011, the Syrian uprising triggered a long-running sectarian conflict that has displaced 11 million+ Syrians, creating the largest refugee crisis of our time.
Over the last 50 years, there have been multiple waves of migration out of Iran following various periods of upheaval, political tension and economic insecurity.
Since 1979, Afghanistan has been in a state of nearly constant conflict, leading to an estimated 5 million Afghans displaced, internally and abroad.
The controversial 2018 re-election of President Maduro has led to and worsened an economic, political, and humanitarian crisis that has forced 3 million+ to flee.
Gang violence and political corruption has led to instability that threatens the safety of many communities, pushing tens of thousands north toward the southern U.S. border.
Single session + 1 Conversation Partner – $225/hr
Single session + 2 Conversation Partners – $325/hr
For multiple sessions/package options, email [email protected]. Up to 75% of the session fee goes directly to the Conversation Partner.
Our goal is to have at least 100 sessions committed by the end of the year! Commit to your session(s) and schedule them anytime through December 2019. Help us reach our goal, but more than anything, help displaced persons access an income, a platform to share their story, and a means to contribute to changing the narrative around one of our most challenging humanitarian crises today.