Hussein Kara Ahmed, who was forced to leave his home in Syria while preparing to study law at university, moved to Oxford in 2018. A contact at a local community organisation suggested he get involved in Multaka-Oxford. After eight months of volunteering, he felt confident enough to apply for a job and was fortunately employed part-time as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Ashmolean Museum.

Hussein felt that the project helped to create a sense of intercultural understanding between those volunteering and visiting the museums. He appreciated how people in Oxford respected his language and cultural background, and it helped him feel more connected to the community. He says: “People here respect my language, respect where I come from. They like to hear about different cultures, and that’s been very encouraging. It has really helped me to feel part of this community.”