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

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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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Children, I am learning, are different

Day 5: Tuesday 23 July, 2019 Georgia, United States My first few days at Joub Jannine have challenged me immensely but already taught me so much. Everything I knew from my prior experience working in an adult learning environment centered around producing new and pattern-disrupting information. But children, I am learning, are different: they are searching…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: “I am so happy you are here. Let’s start!” 

Day 4: Monday 22 July, 2019 Danica Harootian, United States Today is the start of the program! This group of volunteers is prepared, nervous, excited, curious…all of the above. How many students will be in my class today? Will they understand my mixture of English and Arabic? Will they enjoy the activities and learn something…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Swamp the children with great memories

Day 3: Friday 19 July, 2019 Courteney Woodman As long as the children have fun – this is the focus of the Summer Program that Jusoor wishes to emphasise. To swamp the children with great memories was key. What a worthwhile experience! Today marks the third day of orientation, my head is filled with a plethora…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Training empowering us to be more thoughtful

Day 2: Thursday 18 July, 2019 Christie Lin, United States Though it’s only been two days, there’s so much we’ve learned even in the past 48 hours that it’s as though we’ve already been here for a week. The mountains and valleys we pass by every morning on the way to Jeb Jennine are already…

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