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

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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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: I am so, so excited for the next three weeks

Day 1: Wednesday 17 July, 2019 Ashley Frye While walking off the bus Wednesday morning, I felt a rush of joy and excitement. It was my first time back in the Bekaa Valley since 2017 and I could not believe how incredibly lucky I was to be able to teach again in this area. The…

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Meet the Syrian and Jordanians bringing their big dreams of small businesses to life

Fifteen new businesses walked away with over 90,000 JD in prize money after a day of inspiring ideas from Syrian and Jordanians at the Jusoor RESOLVE Small Business Program Demo Day in Amman. 19 July, 2019, Amman – Refugees are often forced to become entrepreneurs, finding creative ways to support themselves and their families in…

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10 June, 2019, San Francisco – Jusoor has been awarded the prestigious Institute of International Education (IIE) Centenary Medal, celebrating the organization’s contribution in transforming the lives of Syrian students and scholars through access to higher education. The Medal was awarded to Jusoor co-founder and Chairwoman of the Board, Rania Succar, by IIE Senior Vice…

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Press Release: Can an art auction change lives? Jusoor believes so

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 01/11/18   Can Art Save Lives? Jusoor’s Online Auction Launches Today to Support Syrian Refugees in Lebanon   The auction brings together modern and contemporary art pieces by renowned Syrian artists, in support of Jusoor’s educational programs in the Jurahiyeh refugee Camp.   The No Lost Generation online auction is launching…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2018: Beyond Words

Jessie Turner, United Kingdom 30 nights later – after more than 60 coach journeys, 15 days in class, a dozen trips to the dollar store, nightly class planning*, 4 group day trips, never-ending discussion, dancing and debate, singing, eating and laughing… successful haggling attempts, unsuccessful haggling attempts and at least a thousand sales of shwarma-…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2018: Untitled

Kiersten Blake, United States What does Jusoor mean to you? As I got off the bus, far away from Los Angeles and New York, my two homes, to stand face-to-face with Jusoor’s Jarrahiyeh school, I would like to remember that I was unafraid and sure of my decision…but, in all reality, I was nervous. I…

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