UNHCR’s Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries is pleased to announce that the call for applicants for the Refugee Speakers Programme 2023 is now open. UNHCR is looking for young people in Sweden with a refugee background who are aspiring public speakers and are passionate about telling their story and advocating for the refugee cause.
The Refugee Speakers Programme was first launched in 2022 and is an initiative run with the support of expert speaker coaches from TEDxStockholm. The programme seeks to give aspiring speakers with a refugee background an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and share their story.
The programme will take place during the spring of 2023. Through the programme, participants will have the opportunity to take part in workshops on public speaking, storytelling, the global refugee situation and UNHCR’s work as well as receive one-to-one coaching in public speaking.
Who can apply?
Recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary or temporary protection above the age of 18 and residing in Sweden are welcome to apply. There are limited spaces and UNHCR will respect and prioritize diversity in the selection of participants. Working level English and Swedish language skills are required – and applicants need to feel comfortable speaking publicly in either English or Swedish.
We are looking for participants who are willing to tell their personal story and are interested in advocating for the refugee cause, locally or globally.
What does the programme include?
At the end of the programme, UNHCR will host an event on World Refugee Day (20 June 2023) where participants in the programme may be asked to share their stories. UNHCR may also facilitate other speaking opportunities to be agreed bilaterally according to interests, availability, opportunities and readiness. We also encourage participants to themselves explore potential speaking opportunities.
Learn more about the Refugee Speakers Programme and listen to the stories of the class of 2022 here: https://www.unhcr.org/neu/refugee-speakers-programme
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
Deadline for applications: 20 December
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