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Maskin’ Photos from Maggie’s Class!

Related posts:Lost in Translation: Megan’s first (Arabic) wordsTYO Round Up: Week of January 15, 2012International Conference to Our Classrooms: Joining the Conversation on Women in Conflict Zones

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Visit Palestine!

TYO staff and volunteers take advantage of any chance they get to enjoy the Palestinian countryside. But we live here, so it’s a bit easier… For those of you who don’t live here, or are looking for a different way to see the country, we wanted to share two exciting opportunities coming up for you to enjoy the hills, valleys, olive groves and wheat fields of the West Bank. Abraham Path “Palestine Youth Summer Walk,” July 23 – 30 The Abraham Path Initiative is organizing the second annual youth walk through the West Bank. Young people from around the world Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Impossible to prepare

Now that the first two weeks of the summer session have ended, it’s time to breathe. We had two weeks of intensive preparation for what we would face as summer teachers here at TYO, but nothing could prepare me for what I faced. Nothing could prepare Kelsey when a young boy brought a knife to her class. Nothing could prepare me for having to defer kids from my class because they were too old and there was only so much chaos I could handle in a classroom with two volunteers. Nothing could have prepared us. But more surprising than the Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: A space to play

This past Thursday I made a visit with my Palestinian TYO counterpart, Iman, to the sports club in al-Askar refugee camp. Because 12 to 14-year-old boys need significant room to play, and because the afternoon sun in July and August here in Nablus is oppressive, TYO decided to seek out a covered sports area for my soccer class. The indoor field at the al-Askar club resembles a warehouse – dim yellow light seeping through the tin roof panels, an eerie echo, and a tarmac surface. But given the suffocation of the neighborhoods in which most of the children reside, I Continue reading…

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SOW Journal: What I’ll remember from Nablus

Yesterday, while visiting Adam’s soccer class in al-Askar camp, a little boy threw a rock at me. It hit me hard in the shoulder. I turned around expecting to see a mischievous young boy laughing at his own aggressive, little joke. But the boy was not smiling. With a haunting intensity, he snarled a string of vicious words at me. I do not speak Arabic, but I did understand one word: “Israel.” I have spent almost a month here in Nablus, and this was the first time anything even remotely hateful has happened to any of us from Students of Continue reading…

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TYO is tweeting!

Today is a huge day in TYO’s social media evolution: we started tweeting! Over the last few months, full-time staff and volunteers have been working on TYO’s presence in the rapidly expanding world of social media. We feel good about our blog, thanks to local and international staff and volunteers, and even if we didn’t meet the requirements for a Vanity URL, our Facebook page is coming along nicely. (Check ‘em out and see for yourself!) The next frontier to conquer was clearly Twitter! After all, one of our primary goals is to build bridges: sharing information about our work Continue reading…

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Faces of TYO Summer!

Thanks to our very talented Students of the World photographer, Annie, who has captured some of the very happiest moments of the first 5 days of Summer 2009 at TYO on film. A few favorites are included below, but you can check them all out on her blog! Related posts:New Photo of the Week on the Triple Exposure website!PHOTOS: First Day!

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Intern Journal: Cooking, Nablus style

Most people in Nablus are not working at 7 AM on a Friday morning. But Reem, our local cook at TYO, was hard at work preparing a feast for a wedding! I joined Reem as “research” for my nutrition class for mothers this summer in hopes of getting a feel for local cooking techniques and cuisine. (The fact that I am also a serious food lover of course had nothing to do with this interest at all.) Sameeha, the local computer teacher at TYO and my personal translator for the morning, and I set off for Reem’s cooking shop around Continue reading…

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SOW Journal: TYO Rocks!

Check out Student of the World Ilona’s blog entry about TYO that can also be found at http://www.seechangenow.org/2009/nablus/day_15_tyo_rocks.

Annie and I decide to walk up the never-ending flight of stairs that surround Khallet Al Mood, the neighborhood where TYO is located. We take the stairs closest to the compound. They seem to go for ever…1,2,3…90,91,92…200…To think that men and women climb these stairs daily. Continue reading

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Intern Journal: Making it through the door

This Sunday, on the first day of class, ten-year-old Ala from El-Ein camp walked into my classroom by herself, her hands tightly gripping a shiny green bag. In front of her were twenty children running and screaming with cups of acetic acid and vinegar in their hands. The hectic scene added a poignant aptness to the child-friendly title of my science course, “Mad Scientists.” She approached hesitantly. Terrified? Sure. But she made it in the door. We began with games to break the ice in a room of strangers while learning each other’s name. She didn’t give in that easily; Continue reading…