Meet the people behind Conversation Over Borders
The Coordination Team
I am part of the Surviving to Thriving Project with the British Red Cross, supporting unaccompanied young people seeking asylum. I also teach English to speakers of other languages and am passionate about the importance of increasing access to education.
Creating a community of learners and combating the misrepresentation of the refugee ‘crisis’ in the mainstream media is such an important mission. I began as a volunteer teacher with COB and am excited to help the organisation continue to grow and succeed as an Assistant Coordinator.
Conversation Over Borders helped me feel less alone during lockdown. Now that I’m back in the UK, it has helped me maintain links to home (Lebanon), as our learners often remind me of friendly neighbourhood faces. Because this is such an important space for me, I wanted to help make sure it runs smoothly and this opportunity reaches more and more people!
I have taken up the role of Assistant Project Coordinator and International Outreach Officer, and I can’t wait to see how far Conversation Over Borders will go.⠀
I am Linh, one of the Assistant Coordinators at Conversation Over Borders.
Refugees and migration are very close to my heart due to my family heritage - both my parents are resettled refugees from the Vietnam war.
Due to shared stories from both sides of my family, I knew that Conversation Over Borders' mission and vision were something I wanted to be a part of.
I founded Conversation Over Borders during a year in which isolation has been endemic, to instigate conversations, build connections and share language skills.
I have worked and volunteered for NGOs in the field of refugee rights and migration in many different contexts. My Masters degree is in Media Practice for Social Change and as the charity grows and develops with our brilliant team, we aim to platform the human side of the refugee 'crisis'. I hope and believe that open dialogue is the way to a more inclusive society.
The Social Media Team
Having roots spread across the world I really appreciate the work that Conversation over Borders does to humanise migration and create meaningful connections bilaterally.
My academic background is in Media and Communications and with the combination of the two, I look forward to creating content for the Conversation over Borders social media channels.
NGOs have been pivotal in helping refugee & asylum seekers in Europe over the last few years. I have worked with a few across England, so when I heard of Conversations over Borders, I really wanted to get involved with the efforts.
Having recently finished my MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict I have taken on the role as Communications Coordinator, and will be helping to plan content and coordinate the social media channels!
I recently spent 6 months working in an NGO in Paris, helping refugees find employment. This experience completely changed my life and helped me reverse the paradigm of pity and victimhood that I had internalised from media representations, into one of compassion, positive and productive engagement.
I’m very happy to now be working to produce media content for COB alongside studying a Masters in Migration Studies, as I am aware of the impact media representations can have on our perception of refugees & asylum seekers! We must not let the dominant narrative surrounding refugees be of fear, racism or exclusion, but rather of empathy and solidarity.
Unfortunately, in our current world it has never been more important to support refugees and asylum seekers.
Having recently finished my undergrad in Anthropology and International Development at Sussex, working as a content creator for C.O.B is a tangible way to offer my support and put some of the things we learnt into action!
Alimam has been accessing classes with Conversation Over Borders since we first launched. He is currently writing a book, and shared his powerful story with us in a short film available under the 'Stories' tab.
Alimam has supported our efforts from the beginning, and has now joined the Board as a Trustee to bring fresh perspective to what Conversation Over Borders provides and guide our decision-making processes as a charity.