ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Daring to Dream

Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection
Worldwide Paralympic Partner

Paralympian experience hosted by Ibrahim

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English and Arabic
Great for groups
Celebrations, work gatherings and more.

What you'll do

Life is an unpredictable thing, oftentimes presenting us with challenges that seem impossible to overcome. But if I’ve learned anything from my experience, it’s that despite how difficult the circumstances are, we all have incredible inner strength and are capable of inspiring acts of resilience.

My name is Ibrahim Al-Hussein, and I’m a paralympic swimmer from Syria and an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 hopeful. In this unique storytelling experience, I will discuss my life journey, the road I took to the Olympics, and how I remained hopeful throughout all the obstacles I faced in life. You’ll get to know more about my hometown, the circumstances under which I lost my leg, how I became a refugee, what it was like for me to start a new life in Greece, and most importantly, how my passion for swimming remained a North Star anchoring me to my childhood Olympic dreams. We will think about the power of positivity, how I turn every No to a Yes, and why it is important to always believe in yourself, and challenge the physical and mental boxes others try to put you in, when it comes to your own strength and potential.

Join me as we think through the refugee experience, the power of sports in overcoming adversity, and the importance of challenging preconceived notions about refugees and athletes with disabilities.
Life is an unpredictable thing, oftentimes presenting us with challenges that seem impossible to overcome. But if I’ve learned anything from my experience, it’s that despite how difficult the circumstances are, we all have incredible inner strength and are capable of inspiring acts of resilience.

My name is Ibrahim Al-Hussein, and I’m a paralympic swimmer from Syria and an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 hopeful. In this unique storytelling e…

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 for a private group
    Ibrahim can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at £16.

What to bring

  • Open mind, and notepad and pen - if you’d like to take down some notes

Meet your host, Ibrahim

Paralympian · Refugee Paralympic Team · Host on Airbnb since 2020
  • 44 Reviews
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My name is Ibrahim, a paralympic swimmer & basketball player from Syria, and recipient of the Whang Youn Dai Overcome Prize during the Paralympic Games in Rio.

My dreams, my goals, and my ambitions were shattered when I lost my leg in Syria and suddenly became a refugee. However, I kept persevering. I did not have a home or anyone to help me, but I kept going and learned to think beyond physical disability. By doing so, it’s allowed me to achieve many things, both physically and mentally, that have helped define my 20-year journey.

Now I live in a new country where, at first, I didn't speak the language, nor did I have my family with me. Despite all of my hardship, I've endured, and I want others to benefit from my experiences.

With the strength of will and the desire to succeed, I’ve achieved my dreams.

And you can too.
My name is Ibrahim, a paralympic swimmer & basketball player from Syria, and recipient of the Whang Youn Dai Overcome Prize during the Paralympic Games in Rio.

My dreams, my goals, and my ambitions were shattered when I lost my leg in Syria and suddenly became a refugee. However, I kept persevering. I did not have a home or anyone to help me, but I kept going and learned to think beyond physical disability. By doing so, it’s allowed me to achieve many things, both physically and ment…
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From £18/ person

£18 per person
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Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 44 reviews.

Hilary
September 2021
Ibrahim is an incredible human and has such an inspiring story of perseverance, resilience, overcoming, and the power of kindness in helping others. It was an honor to meet him and have this experience.
Kathy
September 2021
Wow! If you want to be inspired, you will enjoy hearing this amazing story of Ibrahim's motivation and his ability to overcome difficulties.
Lauren
September 2021
We connected with Ibrahim for Father’s Day and were blown away by his story. Having only returned from the Tokyo Paralympics 2 days earlier, his story of perseverance and optimism was inspiring to us all. We valued learning about the plight of people from refugee backgrounds with disabilities, and were in awe of his advocacy work in this area. Highly recommended!
Emily
August 2021
What an incredible and emotional story. Ibrahim not only shared his life experience with us, but you could feel his passion and strength as he told it. Thank you for spending time with our group!
Emer
August 2021
Found Ibrahim’s story incredibly thought provoking and inspiring. He has lived ten lives in one and is very friendly and open to lots of questions. Really recommend signing up to this experience
Diarmuid
August 2021
Ibrahim has a truly inspiring story that he tells with grace and humour. A great insight into the life of both an olympian and a refugee.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

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.