Being a refugee is NOT a job title!
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
I know from experience that working in and moving to another country can be an hassle. In the beginning it all sounds adventurous and exciting. Lots of new impressions, meeting new people and making friends and lots of exciting information to process.... After some time you start looking around and asking yourself 'how can I fit in?' The most challenging part starts when you want to become 'one of them'. Learning the language, fitting in the (administrative) system and making a living...
We all want to live up to our full potential. Learning a language requires time, getting used to new manners and a culture also. This is ok. This is part of the deal. What is NOT ok is putting someone at a DISADVANTAGE: calling a person who travelled great distances to find a better life 'a refugee'. This is not of any help.
The title 'refugee' is political and puts you in a BOX. We do not put people in boxes, we work together instead, no matter your background or life story. My suggestion is to start using the term: PROFESSIONALS WTH AN INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND instead. Imagine the level of creativity, perseverance, humanity and authenticity they can bring in!
To make a DIFFERENCE we invite companies to SPONSOR tickets for Startup Weekend Utrecht. We believe that by getting to know the DUTCH entrepreneurial ECOSYSTEM people have an easier entrance by finding their way in making a living in the Netherlands.
Do you like to help us? Please DONATE tickets!
- 5 tickets : € 450
- we will select the people to join the event (designers, programmers, business people)
- date of the event: 11-12-13 November, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- sponsorship: before 30th October 2016
For more information, please call me at +31 (6)1465 1424. We will take it from there. Thank you!
Written by Cindy Spelt - Lead Organizer at Startup Weekend Utrecht