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Representing Palestinian Youth in America

From Sarta, a village outside of Salfeet, Amani Musleh is 22 years old, studying English Language and Literature at An-Najah Univeristy and is a current volunteer at TYO. Amani has been a TYO volunteer since Fall 2012 as a translator in intern-led classes. In April 2013, with TYO businesswoman Sahar and TYO’s Psychosocial Program Manager Suhad, Amani left Palestine for the first time to participant in The Women of Nablus delegation through The Telos Group and headed to the United States. Amani shares her experiences in Washington, DC and Minnesota with us and explains what lessons she has learned. What was the Continue reading…

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Meet Tomorrow’s Youth: Sarah

Sarah Kaplan, 18, from Deir Sharf, a village outside of Nablus, is a current volunteer in the Boys and Girls Soccer Club at TYO. Sarah is a current student at An-Najah University in Nablus and this is her first session as a volunteer at TYO. What has been your favorite memory at TYO?  All my moments at TYO are beautiful but the most recent is during the Library Day when I saw the kids from the neighborhood coming to the library to read and do other activities. I was so happy to see energy in these kids and to see that they Continue reading…

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Meet Tomorrow’s Youth: Shahd

Shahd Sayyed, 18, from Nablus, is a current volunteer in the Boys and Girls Soccer Club at TYO. Shahd is a current student at An-Najah University in Nablus and this is her first session as a volunteer at TYO. What has been your favorite memory at TYO?  Once during soccer class, it was a very hot day and the girls started spraying water on me and for fun, I decided to spray them back with water. We all ran after each other playing with the water. After I went home, I started laughing and remembering the joy and the sounds of Continue reading…

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Insight Dubai Conference: Speaking English with confidence

A native of Nablus, Nour Kharim is a woman entrepreneur with her company Nour, which specializes in soaps, creams and oils made from a blend of 100% natural ingredients found in the Palestine including olive, sesame and clove oil. Nour is the first manufacturer of creams made of natural materials in Palestine. Currently involved in our Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE), Nour recently returned from the Insight Dubai Conference. In March 2013, with fellow WISE participant Mai at her side, Nour headed to Dubai. Nour shares her experience with us and explains how Insight Dubai helped her grow and develop as a businesswoman. What was the conference? Insight Dubai Continue reading…

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TYO-Lebanon asks “What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?”

Most people desire to be an entrepreneur and becoming your own boss is very attractive to most people. TYO-Lebanon works hard with our entrepreneurs to provide them the business and additional training required to build their businesses, but there is a “certain something” that makes an entrepreneur successful and here we examine the top five qualities that make for a successful entrepreneur: 1.            Self-motivated Successful entrepreneurs take the lead, they do not need someone to hold them accountable or force them to be efficient and productive. It takes hard work and motivation to create your own business. 2.            Creativity When Continue reading…

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Insight Dubai Conference: Overcoming my fear of the unknown

A native of Beit Furik, a village outside Nablus, Mai Abu Thra’a is a woman entrepreneur hoping to start her company – Dalili, an online search engine that hosts discount offer for businesses throughout the Middle East. Currently involved in our Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE), Mai recently returned from the Insight Dubai Conference. In March 2013, with fellow WISE participant Nour at her side, Mai boarded her very first plane, headed to Dubai. Mai shares her experience with us and explains how Insight Dubai will help her future as a Palestinian businesswoman. What was the conference? Insight Dubai brings young women from around the Continue reading…

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Meet Tomorrow’s Youth: Sura

Sura Daraghmeh, 23, from Tubas, is a current volunteer in Homework Help at TYO. Sura is a current student at Al Quds Open University in Nablus and this is her first session as a volunteer at TYO. What has been your favorite memory at TYO?  I will never forget Raya, a girl from Khallet al Amood, who always smiles at me even though she doesn’t know me. She has the most beautiful smile in the world. It’s precious to be loved by a child. Why is volunteering important and why did you decide to volunteer? Volunteering is something beautiful because it makes Continue reading…

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Time’s Up at TYO

Hard as it may be to believe, our time here at TYO is already coming to an end. We finished classes two weeks ago with final assessments, parties, and lots of goodbyes to our students. The sudden end of classes came as a bit of a shock to all of us, immersed as we were in teaching, drawing up new lesson plans, and preparing activities and exercises for our students across a variety of classes. Interning at TYO is a constant whirlwind of new experiences, people, and opportunities, and as such I think it’s safe to say that neither Emily, Continue reading…

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HEADING HOME WITH MORE THAN JUST A SUITCASE

As I take a moment to figure out where the past ten weeks have gone, I’m also trying to figure out how it’s only been ten weeks since pulling in at TYO back in January. Although it’s that familiar feeling that I blinked and time flew by, so much has happened here in Nablus that I can’t believe it was all squeezed into a mere ten weeks. The seasons have changed and those cold rainy days that welcomed me to Nablus have been replaced by sunny spring afternoons. I’ve seen vibrant personalities surface on the 5th floor while teaching fitness Continue reading…

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A Final Hurrah

Here I am now bidding farewell to this amazing yet misunderstood place and it feels like it was only yesterday that I was unpacking my bag to embark on this adventure. When I first arrived, I straightaway fell in love with the hospitality, kindness and the warmth of the Palestinian people. From the first week onwards life has moved at an extraordinary pace and I wish I had more time to spend in Nablus. When I first started my classes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Living in the Western world where technology is a part of everyday life we Continue reading…