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    M is for Music!

    In my Core Child English Class through TYO’s International Internship program, students file through the door and greet me with an enthusiastic “Hello!” It’s five weeks into our program, and at this point many of the students are asking unprompted “How are you?”. The progress that I have seen among these young ones has been significant in just five weeks. TYO Interns teach English because there is a dire need for native speaking instructors in Palestine. Time and time again in conversations that I have had with Palestinians, they have shared their frustrations over language learning in their schools. Despite the Continue reading…

    October 29th, 2014 | Read more

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    Youth in Focus: An interview with Hadeel Khanfar

    Hadeel Khanfar is from Jenin, Palestine and is currently living in Nablus. She is a second year student at An-Najah National University majoring in Community Service and Sociology. What made you apply for STEP!? There were several things about STEP! that initially attracted me to the program. I was a freshman student when first I joined TYO. As I am studying Community Service it was important to me to get hands on experience to supplement my academic work in this field as soon as possible, so I immediately applied to TYO when I saw the opportunity to volunteer. I believe it Continue reading…

    October 28th, 2014 | Read more

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    ABC: The Alphabet Boosts Confidence

    As a TYO intern, I am teaching English as a foreign language to two age groups: 4-5 year olds and 9-11 year olds. As expected, there is a clear difference between the level of comprehension and students’ ability to speak, write, and understand English in each age group. However, each day the students in the Early Childhood Core Program continue to impress me with their capacity to learn at such a fast rate. After 5 weeks of English instruction, students are not only learning the English alphabet, but they are also building a foundation of vocabulary similar to my older Continue reading…

    October 28th, 2014 | Read more

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    Constructing identity in the Core Child Program

      ‘Children are like little scientists. They gather evidence by observing and exploring the world.’ But what happens when they, their parents, guardians, and teachers don’t have control over their world? What happens when their ability to explore is limited by outside factors? For most of the children attending TYO’s Core Child Program, ‘exploring’ their world- even their country- is not an option. Given the barriers to movement created by checkpoints throughout the West Bank, Palestinian communities have become highly fragmented, with many families choosing to remain stationary. Given the complex political environment in which TYO’s beneficiaries develop, most arrive at TYO having never Continue reading…

    October 26th, 2014 | Read more