Avo Markarian, Syrian-Armenian
Thursday the 19th was a special one. For the first half of the day, Conor McGuire, an intern at Jusoor, had some of the volunteers prepare different activities in three languages. Hovsep, my brother/program coordinator, and I kicked it off with an activity in Armenian making no gestures whatsoever, which made sense to no one. Next in line was Urdu with limited simple gestures, presented by Anushe and Nermeen. As a result of that, the majority of the volunteers were able to translate what was asked of them into actions. Finally, another activity was conducted in French by a number of volunteers making gestures freely and pretending to have little knowledge in English, and; subsequently, all participants succeeded in completing the exercise perfectly. Conor took the opportunity, through the activities, to bring to our attention the significance of body language and understanding the perspective of the audience on the receiving end, which could not have been done in a better way!
After a quick break, Julia Imbriaco, also an intern at Jusoor, talked about fundraising for Jusoor. Her excitement and energy generated various fundraising ideas and motivated future Jusoor ambassadors.
For the second half of the day, we were taken Al-Jarahiye, the second Jusoor school in the Bekaa valley, which is located in the refugee campsite. The vice principal of the school, Osama, presented its curriculum and standards. After which, we had the chance to see the classrooms and head back to Hamra.