Category Archive for: Volunteers

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

Day 4: Monday 22 July, 2019 Danica Harootian 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 new? We…

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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 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 becoming familiar…

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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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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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Jusoor Summer Program 2018: Sabah al-Kheir

Thulasi Seshan, United States At 8:55 sharp, Miss Sara would ring the bell calling the students to line up in the courtyard of the Jarrahiyeh school. She and the other administrators and teachers would do the difficult work of wrangling the students into some sort of order, then sending them off into their respective classrooms.…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2018: Glass Stones

Jeromie Whalen, American I woke up at 6:15 AM, took a quick shower, and headed off for school. As a high school teacher in Northampton, Massachusetts, it’s a familiar routine. For this early morning in July, however, it marked the start of another day I had the privilege of experiencing at the Jusoor Educational Center…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2018: Drawing Their Dreams

Maya Yammine, Lebanon Today was pretty chaotic… We got a lot done in science, and the majority of those activities were very successful. I started off with the making of some slime, since the students were so fascinated with it, when they said another volunteer did the same. They really enjoyed playing with it, considering…

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Jusoor Summer Program 2018: Classroom No. 4

Tacarra Lake, American My fear was palpable. Six year olds. In Classroom No. 4, there were rows and rows of tiny humans that hardly resembled the high school students I was so accustomed to working with in the United States. It took the first week of classes to fully grasp how to begin to create…

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