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Lasting Impressions

As we close in on our second week here at TYO, I’m pleased to say that I have learned more about my county, my city, and my people now than I have in the past 20 + summer visits. As small as this city is, it’s historical significance is immeasurable. When you walk through its busy streets you are greeted by spice merchants, shoe makers, and the smell of freshly baked knafe. The  people  of this country hold true to their heritage. Their warm welcome has opened my eyes to not only a community-but a grand family. The excitement of Continue reading…

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Stage Fright with an Audience of Four Year Olds

On the first day of my internship, I was in my classroom 90 minutes early.  I was a bundle of nervous energy, pacing back and forth, checking and re-checking my supplies and reading over my lesson plan so many times that I had it memorized.  Despite my years of teaching experience, I had little confidence in myself during those waning moments before class was to begin.  I knew this would be unlike any classroom I’d ever worked in.  The children and I had no means to communicate other than hand gestures and smiles.  The majority – if not all – Continue reading…

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Speaking Out: First Week of Session & New Findings on Silence about Violence

According to a recent report released by the Avon Foundation and GfK Public Affairs Foundation, an estimated 22% of women in the United States say they have been victimized by domestic violence, and 13% have faced sexual assault- yet more more than half of American women have never discussed these issues with their friends. The report- which focuses on North America- provides in-depth data about the silence that surrounds issues of gender-based violence, and fears that women have about speaking up against abuse. And while a study of this magnitude has yet to be implemented in Palestine, the results of Continue reading…

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Introducing the Fall 2013 Interns!

Introducing the Fall 2013 interns! This session, six outstanding interns have been selected to work in the Nablus community. All with very different backgrounds, meet this session’s newest additions to the TYO team! Zak Zak is a native of Madison, Ohio and received his BA in International Affairs from Univerisity of Maine and is currently completing his MA in Interational Relations from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Zak taught children 5-18 in India and was an activities assistant at the Education First International School in Santa Barbara, CA. While living with a host family in Germany, Zak was an au pair Continue reading…

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TYO Introduces the First Zahi Khouri Fellow

TYO is proud to announce our very first Zahi Khouri Fellow – Reema! Reema graduated from the University of Houston in 2012. After interning at the Baylor College of Medicine in the pediatrics and nutrition departments, Reema was later hired by Baylor and worked as an intervention specialist and trains research teams on the collection of physiological and psychosocial measurements. Reema was born and raised in the US but her family is from Nablus. While at TYO, Reema will work on co-teaching an English through Art class for children four and five years old as part of the Core Child Program, note Continue reading…

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Second Languages in the First Few Years: Bringing English to Core Program

If you ask children in Palestine what their biggest challenge at school might be, many will give you the same answer: learning English. Even though the education system here introduces English courses in first grade, there is a high amount of students discouraged in the classroom. Many teachers aren’t prepared to teach- even if they understand English literature, they might not have methodology to properly instruct kids in language acquisition. Further, kids don’t have friendly relationships to books and language materials in the classroom- it’s more forcible, without much reward or recognition for progress and improvement. Equally, since the entire country Continue reading…

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From Volunteer to a Very Own Classroom: Ahmad’s TYO Journey

During my third year at An Najah National University, several of my friends began to volunteer as both translators and volunteers at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization- and after I heard about some of their work, I was inspired to start volunteering myself. Since I was studying English language and literature, I felt the experience would improve my language skills, and help me grow professionally. After that first session as a volunteer with the International Internship Program, I knew I needed my time at TYO to continue- it was an excellent learning opportunity, and I forged strong bonds with both fellow Palestinians, Continue reading…

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Advancing Women Entrepreneurs: U.S. State Department Delegation

Sahar Dwaikat, CEO of FlyerAd for Graphic Design and former participant in TYO’s WISE and FWEN projects, recently returned from her third trip to the United States this year. Selected to join the “Advancing Women Entrepreneurs and Economic Leaders” delegation sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the trip brought businesswomen to meet with their American counterparts. Over three weeks, Sahar visited 5 cities and spent time with various CEOs, founders of startups, and other successful women to gain best practices for her business. Below, she shares some of the highlights from her trip, and how it has helped her Continue reading…

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Discovering the Importance of Curriculum Development

Two years ago, political events in Cairo precluded my plans to study abroad there for the fall semester of my junior year.  Instead, I studied at University of Haifa and began my study abroad experience with several weeks of volunteering at TYO here in Nablus.  My weeks at TYO were a short beginning to six months of studying abroad, but remain perhaps the most impactful experience not only of that semester but also of my college experience as a whole. This is probably why—after being evacuated in early July from what was intended to be a yearlong Arabic language program Continue reading…

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Core Program: First Week Recap!

For many, Monday mornings represent just the start of another work week- but at TYO, this past Monday kicked off the start of the latest Core Child Program session. As the clock reached 9:00 AM, approximately 80 children ages 4-5 in our morning program arrived for their first day- and soon enough, our center was yet again filled with the sounds of our signature TYO Cheer and Core Program teachers taking attendance. By the afternoon, our Afternoon Program began, with nearly 90 children ages 6-8 streaming inside. Joined by local volunteers both new and old, the Core Program launched the Continue reading…