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

5 Awe-Inspiring Ideas that Came Out of the Startup Roadshow 2018

How can we help Syrian youth who need to talk about their problems? Or how can we create a travel experience for Arab millennials to identify with? These are just some of the questions the entrepreneurs in the Startup Roadshow 2018 asked themselves. These questions ignited their entrepreneurial spark; they kept them focused on their…

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3 Stories Behind the Champions of the Startup Roadshow 2018

Last fall, we took on a tour across the Middle East in search for the most passionate, promising, and creative Syrian startups in the Middle East. Embarking on the first Startup Roadshow, organized with SPARK and in collaboration with Startups Without Borders, we took on a thrilling journey through the cities that host the largest…

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The Startup Roadshow Kicks Off Again

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 11/08/2019 The Startup Roadshow Kicks Off Again with $15,000 in Prizes for Syrian-Led Startups The competition for Syrian entrepreneurs in the Middle East is taking off on September 7th, with a series of bootcamps in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. Up for grabs is the chance to win $15,000 in…

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Jusoor Summer Volunteers Program

Summer Volunteer Program 2019: it felt like I was saying goodbye to a family

Day 18: Friday, August 9, 2019 Zeenah Sabbidine, Lebanon-United States The final day of Jusoor came to a close with a talent show prepared by one of the volunteers. The kids came running into my classroom like bursts of energy. There was one with his skates, the other with a soccer ball excited and ready…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: There’s now time and experience for reflection

Day 17: Thursday, August 8, 2019 Vivian Zhang, United States As we finish off our penultimate day at Jeb Jannine, I find myself feeling prematurely nostalgic for the days in classroom 10.  The last two weeks have been survival mode, an ongoing churn of planning lessons, buying supplies, making sample projects, and preparing demonstrations. In…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Academic skills, life skills, ethical skills and language skills

Day 16: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Shadia Suleiman, Lebanon Today, the students in classroom number 1 got to know the importance of the presence of fruits, vegetables and nuts in their daily meals in a way to maintain a good health as they are rich in vitamins, fibers and minerals. In a way to build…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: Their enthusiasm is also incredibly infectious

Day 15: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Saksha Menezes, United Kingdom One thing we often comment on, as volunteers, is how easy it is to forget that there is a refugee camp beyond the gates of Jurrahiya school or the things these children have gone through. I have been teaching a group of 8-year-olds and they…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: The little things that we do plant seeds of hope and happiness both in the children and in us

Day 14: Monday, 5 August, 2019 Nareh Kusbekian, Lebanon The children started their day with a daily stretching routine and sports period following a routine of mine where we all talk about the weather, the season we’re in and the day of the week. Being a volunteer for grade 1 students of ages 5-6, I…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: The kids have an unbounded imagination that continues to light up different parts of this world that I fail to see

Day 13: Friday, 2 August, 2019 Mateo Encarnacion, United States Dazing off, tired and confused as usual, I get trapped swimming in my thoughts, questioning whether or not my lessons really did anything for the children. Not going to lie, my lessons are very much flawed: sometimes my meek attitude lacks the authority needed to…

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Summer Volunteer Program 2019: They’re kids just like any kids you know

Day 12: Thursday, 1 August, 2019 Maggie Dougherty, United States Most days in my class at Jarahieh start out the same way, with my kids spilling into our classroom after their sports period, a collective mass of movement and eagerness. After the students take their seats, we start the day with some routine warm-up questions…

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