Inspiring stories from the Jusoor team, our program leaders, our volunteers and the Jusoor community.

Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Their enthusiasm is also incredibly infectious

Day 15: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Saksha Menezes, United Kingdom One thing we often comment on, as volunteers, is how easy it is to forget that there is a refugee camp beyond the gates of Jurrahiya school or the things these children have gone through. I have been teaching a group of 8-year-olds and they…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: The little things that we do plant seeds of hope and happiness both in the children and in us

Day 14: Monday, 5 August, 2019 Nareh Kusbekian, Lebanon The children started their day with a daily stretching routine and sports period following a routine of mine where we all talk about the weather, the season we’re in and the day of the week. Being a volunteer for grade 1 students of ages 5-6, I…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: The kids have an unbounded imagination that continues to light up different parts of this world that I fail to see

Day 13: Friday, 2 August, 2019 Mateo Encarnacion, United States Dazing off, tired and confused as usual, I get trapped swimming in my thoughts, questioning whether or not my lessons really did anything for the children. Not going to lie, my lessons are very much flawed: sometimes my meek attitude lacks the authority needed to…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: They’re kids just like any kids you know

Day 12: Thursday, 1 August, 2019 Maggie Dougherty, United States Most days in my class at Jarahieh start out the same way, with my kids spilling into our classroom after their sports period, a collective mass of movement and eagerness. After the students take their seats, we start the day with some routine warm-up questions…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: They are the future minds that will represent and rebuild Syria

Day 11: Wednesday, 31 July, 2019 Kyle Costa, United States We are officially half way through, which is so hard to imagine! It seemed like just  yesterday I was coasting over the waters of the Mediterranean and landing at al-Hariri. This is the second time I have been to Lebanon. Last summer, I studied Arabic…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: A Flower that Grows Through Stone

Day 10: Tuesday, 30 July, 2019 Kennedy Frazier, United States Classroom 4 is a crazy, joyous place. Everyday the kids wow me by the extent of their creativity, brilliance, and silliness. One day for art, we created our own kingdoms. The names of their palaces ranged from The Kingdom of Light to Butterfly Kingdom to…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Capture Their Minds

Day 10: Monday, 29 July 2019 Jae Yun Jeong, South Korea It is the Monday after having completed the first week at Jurahiye, the start of the second. Surely there was a greater confidence to rely on after getting to know the teachers, kids, and ways to control the class. One week was enough to…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: The students really have become a team

Day 9: Friday, 24 July, 2019 Jad Zeitouni, Lebanon & United States This kids today were engaged and excited. It has been a week, and the students really have become a team. Kids help one another and encourage each other. It’s admirable the respect that they have for me, their classmates, and themselves. Today we…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: It is truly magical to see

Day 7: Thursday 25 July, 2019 Hrag Stepanian, Lebanon Today, on Thursday 25 July, we had a couple of different activities during the outdoors sports sessions. The activities were mostly based on teamwork, cooperation and listening to each other. I felt that each kid was able to express himself throughout the activity and reveal his…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: A skill worth learning

Day 6: Wednesday 24 July, 2019 Hannah Culkin, United States During our orientation, one of the first things we learned about educating children is the utter importance of structure and routine in their lives. To simplify the logistics and proverbial “bureaucracy” of life leaves plenty of time and mental space for them to learn about…

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