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- the beautiful team of Jusoor volunteers part their separate ways, whilst sharing an undoubtedly precious experience at the 2 Jusoor schools and the hope of having delivered a fantastical summer camp to the children we all had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know.


A fond memory, amongst many, was before class one morning. I pander around the store cupboard and empty classroom gathering materials resembling jelly fish legs- today’s theme is under the sea. As I’m cutting up some wool, the door opens and in strolls a morning-dazed Hussein. With sleepy eyes we both smile and, while I continue chopping wool, the often mischievous Hussein decides to walk around the class picking up pens and pencils and attempting to re-attach fallen art work to the walls. I find him the wall stapler – which always brings great excitement – and together we spend the morning silently and dozily in a ‘tidying dance’! As more children arrive, we move on to the cupboard – with keen hands colour coordinating the pens and pencils. In such moments it made me smile that, despite my shameful knowledge of any Arabic, such a sense of team and togetherness could be created so naturally and beautifully with the generosity and positive energy from the kids; entirely beyond words.

*Note Cafe Yones and Dar Bar


Jessie has volunteered at Jusoor’s educational centers in Lebanon during July and August 2018 as part of the summer volunteer program. You can read more posts by our volunteers here.

Posted on September 16, 2018 in Summer Program 2018

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