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Interview with Sumood Jamlan

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Tell us about your business. What do you do, where do you sell your products, and who are your customers?

My name is Sumood Jamlan. I am from Aseera village outside of Nablus and I have a business called Shal. I make embroidered bags, shawls, and accessories to sell online and in exhibitions, primarily to young women. I started making embroidered products in 2010, but at that time it was merely a hobby. It wasn’t until I joined Tomorrow’s Youth Organization’s (TYO) Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East (FWEME) project in 2012 that I learned there were steps I could take to turn my hobby into a profitable business. FWEME put me on my path to run the successful business that I have today.

How did you hear about APWE? How have you as a business woman benefited from APWE? How has it improved the way you operate your business? 

Three years later in 2015, TYO’s Outreach Coordinator called me and invited me to attend the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs program in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. I jumped at the opportunity as I wanted to improve my business management and marketing skills.

I have benefitted from APWE in countless ways! I used to have a very difficult time with budgeting and keeping all of my financial records in order. TYO’s training partner, the Small Enterprise Center provided me with the skills and tools I needed to keep more precise and accurate records of all of my labor costs, expenditure and profits. Before I started APWE I had been very depressed: the political tension in the country was severe, I seldom left my home, and my business had essentially come to a screeching halt. Joining APWE gave me new energy. Most of all, it helped me learn how to refine my budgeting and bookkeeping skills and how to find my customer base. I’m also really looking forward to advancing my marketing skills at the upcoming Branding and Marketing training.

Sumood poses in front of her booth at a Nablus exhibition.

Sumood poses in front of her booth at a Nablus exhibition.

As an entrepreneur who has had a business for six years, how has APWE benefitted you? What have you learned that you have applied to how you operate your business? 

I have taken my products to five exhibitions since joining APWE—one with the Ministry of Tourism in Ramallah, one with the Nablus municipality, and three with the Ministry of Tourism in Jericho, Birzeit University, and Sebastia. Earlier this year, I went to the Paltel Group Foundation headquarters in Ramallah to show them my products and asked them to contact me if they needed any large orders. A few months later, Paltel asked me to make 158 shawls for all of their employees for Mother’s Day. This experience taught me how to handle stress, manage employees (as I had to hire people to complete the order), and meet tight deadlines. Not only did I meet the deadline and provide Paltel with all 158 shawls, but I also established a business relationship with Paltel and will continue to work with them in the future.

I highly recommend this project to budding entrepreneurs. If they are looking to work hard, improve their skills, and reap the benefits of their hard work then APWE will be a perfect fit.

Interviewed by Vanessa Faraj and Rawan Musameh

 

 

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Homeward Bound; Yalla Bye!

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My students once asked me, “Why do American children always leave their families at 18? Do they not care about their families?”  While speaking in a second language does lend itself to bluntness, I could see why my class wondered this about my culture.  After all, they were speaking to a North American who had uprooted her life to move to Palestine.  Being a beginner class, I struggled through an answer that did justice to the complexity of the question while using simple and, hopefully, understandable vocabulary. In Palestine, family bonds are ultimate.  For me personally, while family bonds are still very important, I also view my close friends as family, and these networks support me in similar ways as my family would when I am far away from them. Fortunately, my class seemed to accept this part of my answer. Thinking back on my three months with my class, it is easy to see that my positive experience in Palestine is inextricably linked with the building of a new family here.  Both with my colleagues at TYO and within my individual class, we are a family.

Bethlehem group

While the close bonds we all developed here at TYO certainly play into this, they are by no means the driving force behind my intense pride in my students for all that they accomplished over the course of three months.  Within the beginner class, levels still varied greatly and many of my students could even have benefited from extra, remedial English classes before joining the beginner group. I saw all of my students, even the ones who struggled the most, grow and develop so much over the course.  They applied themselves fully to the class and worked so hard, and the difference is obvious.  One of my students who struggled the most now takes some time, thinks deeply about what he wants to say and how he wants to say it, and writes near-perfect sentences. With a little more practice and a continued effort to increase confidence in speaking, I know this student will one day have better English than some native speakers!

At the end of the course, students undertook a placement exam to compare their relative levels before and after the program.  It was designed to see how TYO could improve its teaching and the areas we still need to focus on, as well as gauge student progress.  While not every student will benefit from a more advanced class next session, every student I talked to after the exam expressed how proud they were of themselves.  The test was designed to be difficult for all levels, yet they felt confident in their own improvement.  The speaking portion in particular can always be intimidating, yet everyone spoke of how much easier they found it than last time and how they felt more capable and more confident. One student amusingly came up to me with a huge smile on her face and said, “Grammar? No problem!”  Her lack of grammar in that instance aside, we were all so proud to be involved with the EFL program that day.

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I sincerely hope that my students continue on with the same amount of passion and commitment in their future English classes with TYO. I have no doubt that they will.  The STEP! II EFL program was specifically asked for by the community, as something concrete that will help make the lives of the Nabulsi people better.  I am honoured to be a small part of this locally-driven community building exercise, and have gotten the opportunity to build a new family in Nablus.

 

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program is part of STEP! II, a youth employability, empowerment, and community leadership initiative supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

 

Ally, EFL Teaching Fellow, Spring 2016

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Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

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Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after?

Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves to sing and dance in front of anyone and is just a ball of energy and enthusiasm! We didn’t see much of a difference after her first session with TYO, but following her second session, we began to see incredible changes in her behavior and personality. She began to make friends in class, talk about those friends at home, and still asks me if she can invite them to our house to play. She also speaks in a loud voice, she explains and defends herself more, and has more overall confidence. As her mother, it is important that my daughter have the confidence to make friends in school and engage with people in our community with confidence and without fear. The ways in which Malak has developed at TYO will carry her throughout the rest of her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood and I could not be more grateful. Malak has begun to find her voice.

Sonia and her daughter Malak pose for a photo at TYO's flagship office in Nablus

Sonia and her daughter Malak pose for a photo at TYO’s flagship office in Nablus.

What do you think Malak enjoys most about TYO? What does she talk about at home when she talks about TYO?”

I am incredibly proud of the progress my daughter has made. Malak loves sports and art classes. She was never able to color inside the lines or properly hold a crayon until coming to TYO. When TYO was in session, she would come home and tell her siblings what she had learned that day. She likes to announce when she is going to wash her hands before mealtime, she proudly puts her toys away, and she makes sure the entire family knows she learned these habits from her teacher Fawz. She constantly asks me when she is going to come back for a third session and says that she misses the TYO community, her friends, and the delicious meal she is always fed.

Are there other centers like TYO? What do you find unique about us?    

I love the energy here. I love the beautiful building and the sunshine that streams through the windows. My family has a long-standing and positive relationship with TYO—my older children attended TYO and now Malak and I are both actively involved. I have not sent my children to any other organization as my family is seeing countless positive outcomes. When my older son Moath started with the organization, he had similar problems as Malak— he was very shy and unable to defend himself. Moath used to only walk on the sidewalks and wouldn’t confidently walk in the street like the rest of the boys his age. The longer he stayed at TYO, the more confident he became. As I saw positive outcomes in my children, I decided not only to keep them at the organization but to also join myself. We live in Balata refugee camp, which is not a safe place for our children. TYO offers them a safe space to play, to breathe and to be who they are: children.

Have you noticed a change in your child’s academic performance? Have you noticed a change in their attitude towards school or behavior in their school environment? 

Malak has not yet started school but I undoubtedly saw an improvement in my son Moath’s academic performance. Moath is more confident, earns better grades, and looks forward to school. Before starting at TYO, he hardly had any friends. Soon after, he developed relationships with his school classmates at TYO. TYO allowed him to develop relationships with his classmates he had known for years but never befriended. TYO teaches the importance of friendship, relationship-building, and respect; my children have greatly benefitted from these lessons. I always speak positively about TYO and encourage all of my friends, neighbors, and family members to register themselves and their children. I tell them about the TYO approach of “learning through play” and the positive impact it has had on my family. I also encourage young mothers to join the Women’s Group and tell them all about the amazing seminars and educational classes I participate in and how beneficial they are for me.

What have you learned in the Women’s Group that has positively impacted the way you engage with you children? How has it positively impacted your relationship with your children?

I really enjoyed the educational seminars with Suhad Jabi-Masri. By attending her sessions, I learned that I got very angry, very quickly and that my anger outbursts were negatively impacting my family. Suhad taught me and the other participants that the first step to addressing negative family dynamics was to take responsibility for our role in perpetuating them. One time, my youngest daughter was imitating me and she acted like she was angry and resentful. Seeing myself reflected in my daughter’s imitation was such an important wake up call. Suhad’s sessions provided me with the tools to help me begin to change my behavior.

I also learned that I must take time for myself. Now, I take my children to my parents’ house and either go out alone or relax at home alone. I am now more social, have strengthened my relationships with my friends, and am a more patient and loving mother.

The Core Child Program is supported by STEP! II, a youth employability, empowerment, and community leadership initiative supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

Interviewed by Futoon Qadri

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So Long and Thanks for All the Hummus!

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Street art in the city of Bethlehem.

When I decided to come to TYO, it wasn’t an easy decision. Not because the organization didn’t interest me—far from it. But rather because the position of teacher in a classroom, especially a classroom of my peers, is not something I’ve ever aspired to. In fact, the idea of it has always been intimidating, if not terrifying. I’m not someone who enjoys standing in front of a crowd, no matter how small. I’ve taught children, and worked in the education sector, but these are a far cry from teaching college students and graduates. So it was not an easy decision for me to sign up to be an EFL teacher.  I was interested in TYO, working in Palestine, and continuing to practice my Arabic, so I signed up anyway.

From the very first day, it was easier than I had expected. Not that I would call the experience of teaching a class of students easy, but the parts I was so concerned about—speaking in front of a class, having to improvise and lesson-plan on the fly, corral unruly students—these were not the problems I had built them up to be. With a relatively small class and so many hours of time together, knowledge of the group dynamics led to streamlined lessons and more effective practices. Small numbers also made management easier, and for more flexibility in activities and structure. It helped that my class was extremely well-behaved and eager—they wanted to learn, and were happy to practice.  What else could a teacher want?

A beautiful view in the city of Bethlehem.

A beautiful view in the city of Bethlehem.

Despite these simplifications, teaching a group of curious, educated, intelligent, ambitious young people was never going to be an easy task. It’s not enough to know the basics when you are teaching university graduates—you have to be ready for anything, from questions about the past perfect and the passive voice, to explaining the process of emigrating to the US, to answering the question “What do you think of Palestinians? What did you think before?”

None of these questions have an easy answer, and to give one would be to undervalue my students’ interest and intelligence. It would do them a disservice to whitewash difficult conversations and topics—they are adults, and are in the process of finding their places in the world. They are aware of the way their people are perceived internationally. At the same time, they deserve the chance to dream of being something more, and going somewhere new, that any 20 something dreams. They want the same security and the same freedoms. It would be unfair to pretend that they do not face obstacles that I never did, but it would be equally unfair to allow this to limit them in their ambitions.

I don’t know if I have impacted their trajectories, opened their eyes, or their minds. If I’ve succeeded at anything, I hope I’ve helped them come closer to self-expression in an unfamiliar language. If they have more confidence, in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding, then I have been useful. It would be wrong to say I enabled or empowered them—that honor belongs to them. They have worked to get where they are, and I hope to see how they continue to grow, as they have helped me to grow.

EFL Fellow Phoebe and some of her students get to know each other on the first day of class.

EFL Fellow Phoebe and some of her students get to know each other on the first day of class.

When I came to TYO I was nervous, concerned, scared of what I had signed up for. As I leave, I leave with memories and letters and confidences from my class. I hope they will feel the same.

 

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program is part of STEP! II, a youth employability, empowerment, and community leadership initiative supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

 

Phoebe, EFL Teaching Fellow, Spring 2016

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Making Our List, Checking It Twice

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TYO’s work is incredibly rewarding. When we are in session, approximately 500 people walk through our doors every day ready to make a positive impact on themselves or the people we work alongside. One of the most rewarding elements of our work is when we see real improvement and benefit to our beneficiaries every day lives. When one of our APWE micro-enterprise entrepreneurs increases their profit, or a STEP! II student exhibits a firmer grasp on the English language, or simply when a Core Child Program participant takes a homemade card home to his or her mother we know we are doing something right. Without seeing any direct results of all the hours and effort put into an organizational or programmatic goal, it is easy to feel overwhelmed especially given the unique challenges facing here in Palestine. What’s more, growth and improvement takes more than encouragement and inspiration, it also takes determination, doggedness, and rigor.

Kifayah and Iman pause for a photo during a Monitoring and Evaluation focus group.

TYO is currently in the midst of our Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs program. The objective of APWE is to empower women entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools and skills needed to grow profitable and sustainable businesses that are scalable and facilitate job creation. One of the ways that we ensure we are moving in this direction is by implementing a series of Monitoring and Evaluation tools (ie: surveys, focus groups, and training pre and post assessments) to ensure we are maximizing our impact and delivering the most effective project possible. While TYO programs have always included an evaluation element, APWE’s M&E component has allowed us to track the women’s progression and change project implementation based on the results of various M&E results. Thanks to this element to APWE, we are learning how to refine our project and have an even more positive impact on our beneficiaries’ lives!

– Vanessa, Women’s Empowerment Program Coordinator

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A Fond Farewell

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My time at TYO, much like my experiences in Nablus and Palestine as a whole, has been without a doubt one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had and could dream of having in my life. There are so many things that make this organization what it is, from it’s mission in Nablus and Palestine at large, down to those staff, interns, volunteers and beneficiaries that make up the organization. I was brought back to TYO after coming here for another session as a fellow in the Fall 2015 session, and though my role and responsibilities were quite different in comparison, the unique environment and opportunities that branch out of TYO were similar in the way they have helped me develop both as a person and a young professional.

EFL Fellow and his students from the Spring 2016 session.

EFL Fellow and his students from the Spring 2016 session.

There are 2 aspects that I can point to specifically about my time here that I feel best describe what being in Palestine and TYO can do for anyone, and that I feel have done incredible things for me. The first is the human aspect of being a part of the TYO community, rather than the humanitarian side more commonly associated with many international NGOs. When people think of coming to work and live in a place like Palestine, they often have an image of coming into an intense, and somewhat negative environment given all of the external issues that take place outside the walls of the centre. What you learn quickly at TYO, is how so many who have experienced tragedy and loss have also taken equally if not more concerted efforts to take every possible opportunity afforded to them to make a positive impact in their lives and the lives of others. You learn to match those stories with faces, people who you interact with day after day as your students in class settings, with local staff in meetings, or simply some of the familiar faces you see day after day and talk to by the water cooler. I have been exposed to the human side of local Palestinians in a way that would be hard to do anywhere, even in other organizations in Palestine, and I have TYO to thank for that in large part.

EFL Fellow Moh listens as a student gives a presentation in English class.

EFL Fellow Moh listens as a student gives a presentation in English class.

The second aspect I would like to point to is what our main role has been through this experience. It is true that I, along the other fellows, are brought here to teach. Whether it be English as a Foreign Language, Exercise and Nutrition, or sports, when it comes to our day-to-day tasks and duties, our role is quite literally to teach and give instruction to others. However, something interesting happens when you step back and look at the experience as a whole, and all that it consists of, which is that you begin to realize your role is really to be a student. Most of us come here to teach, but every interaction you have here, primarily with locals is actually a lesson of some kind. Even the smallest conversations end up meaning more when you think about the progression in your understanding of the life of a refugee from Balata, or a student coming to the center from a village like Beita or Awarta. Since the day I arrived at TYO, I have been told consistently that the real teaching process begins upon returning home, and I can confidently say I now fully appreciate and understand that in a way I did not before. Not everyone has the opportunity to experience what we have been privileged to experience here, so personally, my real role as a teacher will start when I return home.

Moh and Abu Rami

As the son of Palestinian refugees, Palestine has been an omni-present theme of sorts throughout my life.  This experience took that theme and made it a reality for me, and for that I will be forever grateful.

 

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program is part of STEP! II, a youth employability, empowerment, and community leadership initiative supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

 

Moh, EFL Teaching Fellow, Spring 2016

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Volunteer, Intern, and Teacher; The Success Story of Tamara Halabi

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Tamara

Tamara Halabi was born and raised in Rujeeb village located outside Nablus.  She received her Bachelor’s in French and Master’s in Teaching Methods. Prior to joining TYO, Tamara commuted from her small village outside Nablus to Ramallah working in customer service for Jawwal, a cellular communications company. In fall 2015, Tamara joined the TYO family as a volunteer, served as a local volunteer, and recently accepted a position as Core Program teacher.

What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO?

Right after graduation, I worked with Jawwal Telecommunication Company in customer service for 3 years. It was my job to answer customer’s questions over the phone. The job was not related to my French degree, but the company liked my personality during the interviews. It was important to have a friendly personality to do well in customer service. In preparation for a promotion, I received high marks on evaluations and a very positive recommendation from my supervisor. When the position was given to someone else, I was disappointed that my skills and good work were not enough for job progression. I resigned and decided to continue my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching Methods at An-Najah University. During the last semester of my Master’s program, I began to volunteer at TYO.

What do you look for in a work environment?

It is important for the work environment to feel a family environment while also being a professional environment. When the supervisors are dealing with staff, there must be respect and humanity. They must not work with employees in a manner where they are treated like a slaves who works for someone and takes order, but in a manner that is like family where everyone knows their tasks and there is respect for everyone’s minds and opinions. I’m working with you, not for you or under you. This is the most important thing because is this is done well, we can develop other positive work characteristics- staff can be more professional, more committed, more creative, and accomplish  more tasks. You can love your work more.

What skills have you gained from your time with TYO so far?

The first skill I have gained is how to interact with people from many different cultures. I have been able to meet many new people including people from different communities, both local and internationals, who have different cultures, languages, and personalities. I am from a village and meeting new people has helped my world to become wider. Personally, I have developed the skills to know how to interact with diverse groups of people based on their personalities and cultures.

I studied teaching methods, but volunteering and teaching at TYO allowed me to implement what I learned at university. The information learned at the university was theoretical, but now I have the opportunity to implement what I learned into classroom. In addition to practicing teaching theories, there is now the addition of emotions added into the classroom. Combining emotions with the teaching methods makes the experience of teaching more valuable and you can learn more about how the theory works in the real world. When I experience emotions while implementing methods with students in the classroom, it gives me a chance to know and love children. I didn’t have relationships with children before my time at TO, so I thought I didn’t really like children. Now I love children. This was something about myself I didn’t realize. I personally have grown in my emotions because I am working with children and spending time with them on their level.

We learned at the university how to deal with children inside the classroom. There was one method maintaining the classrooms of all children, but this is not true. Inside classrooms at TYO, each student has a different background and personality. When there is a behavior that requires response, each child must be thought of as an individual who needs an appropriate response. There is not one response that works for all children.

How has TYO impacted your professional life?

When I was a volunteer, I felt responsible for implementing only the tasks given to me by the class teacher and then I went home. When I became a local intern, there was more responsibility. I was responsible for my class, the class volunteers, and students. I felt responsible and committed for the 3 month internship period because this was a short, defined period of time. But when I became a Core teacher, I felt like I was now a TYO family member. I am not only responsible for my Core class, but all things related to TYO. TYO is now my family and I am staying long term, so the circle of responsibility has grown to cover things related to the whole organization.

 

Tamara is a teacher in TYO’s Core Early Childhood program, supported in part by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

-Interview conducted by Lindsey, International Internship and Fellowship Coordinator, and translated by Futoon, Outreach Coordinator.

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Building a Connection into the Future

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My experience at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization as an EFL fellow in the STEP II program has impacted me in many ways and I am grateful for this.  Being a fellow here takes dedication, hard work, empathy, and a lot of flexibility.    TYO gave me plenty of time to work on and reflect upon my teaching.  The energy and time spent on lessons and teaching paid off in successes in the classroom.  I am so grateful for this opportunity and I believe the time I spent focused on lesson planning, teaching and reflecting has made me a better teacher in qualifiable ways.  When I reflect back on these 10 weeks of being in the classroom, I believe I’ve made breakthroughs in my own personal style of teaching.

EFL Fellow Lyndsey and her students hold the yearbooks they designed.

EFL Fellow Lyndsey and her students hold the yearbooks they designed as a class project.

I found the best way to learn in Nablus was to listen.   I have learned so much about people’s personal lives, their thoughts, and beliefs.  I’ve learned about individual strength, adaptability, patience and determination in those around me.  I learned about cultural expectations, the kindness and friendliness of those in this community and even got to attend a wedding.

It’s difficult to pick my favorite moments but one personal enjoyment I have is experiential learning.  I love to explore and see new things.  Every weekend the other fellows and I learned about our surroundings through travel and activities.  I really enjoyed our trips to Ramallah, seeing the old city in Jerusalem, visiting Bethlehem, and our hiking trips.   I learned about the livelihood of others here through these travelling experiences and gained an appreciation for the way of life, food and land.

Jenin hike

It’s hard to say how TYO will impact my future.  I know presently my experience has given me a greater appreciation for community, personal support, and I am truly thankful for the kindness I’ve experienced here from the students and the staff.   Personally, these experiences and the level of communication required in order for everything to run smoothly has been enriching and will certainly aid in dealing successfully with future challenges.  I also look forward to taking these new skills I’ve learned in the classroom and continuing to grow as a teacher.  I love everything about teaching; I love assisting in skill learning, the analytical process of assessment, the background information both in methodology and linguistics in order to best answer questions and solve learning and language problems, the creativity that goes into every lesson and the spontaneity required for an engaging class. TYO assisted in this process and I am forever grateful for this.

 

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program is part of STEP! II, a youth employability, empowerment, and community leadership initiative supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

 

Lyndsey, EFL Teaching Fellow, Spring 2016

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Lessons Learned From a Sweet Return

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As a returnee to TYO, I had already witnessed the incredible work of the organization. In fact, I was worried that having taught at TYO before, my experience as a fellow would be repetitive. I was wrong! My experience in the EFL program changed me tremendously. Specifically, I learned what it meant to be a foreign language teacher, the importance of education, and the pride teachers can garner from watching their students grow.

In my time as an intern in 2013, I taught numerous courses including one, hour-long English class at An-Najah University. Although teaching a variety of courses made the experience exciting, I spent far less time preparing for each class. Additionally, I managed my classroom for less than 2 hours at a time. As an EFL fellow, I taught one class, four days a week, for 3 1/2 hours. I supervised the students entirely on my own and prepared an in-depth curriculum to increase their English knowledge. This not only allowed me to bond more with my students but it reinforced my technical skills, especially lesson planning and teaching. Particularly it exposed me to the special curriculum required for a foreign language class. Teaching a foreign language is challenging! Despite sounding “corny”, the fellowship gave me a whole new appreciation for the work of my language professors growing up. Furthermore, the intensity of the instruction and preparation required for the course instilled in me a confidence in my ability to teach I did not have before. I now truly feel like a teacher and this feeling is awesome and fills me with pride.

Speaking of pride…I now understand one of the most wonderful benefits of being a teacher. This benefit is watching your students grow both as individuals and as a collective. In spending so many hours together, the classroom became a home. On any given day, my students would use break to dance with one another, or chat about their lives. As a teacher this was incredible to see, and reinforced me that a class can become a second “family” if the teacher is committed to this goal. Observing my students grow individually was equally as rewarding. Students who were initially unable to speak in front of the class were performing speeches by the conclusion of the session. Moments such as these made my heart swell and I would not trade them in for anything. In addition, the fellowship solidified my belief that a person is never too old to learn. Having the honor of teaching 19-45 years old reinforced this to me when my students came to TYO every day so excited to learn and absorb new information.

An extra perk of being able to return to TYO was that it allowed me to meet and create connections with my peers who were a constant source of inspiration and support. My co-fellows were incredible and being able to bounce ideas off them was invaluable. Without fail, if I was having a bad day, there was a fellow there to help me. Lastly, coming to TYO for a second time truly solidified the pride I have to be part of a not-for-profit doing such important work. The dedication of the staff and joy I feel throughout the center is unparalleled with other organizations I have been a part of. I will miss TYO and the people who work here, however I know that no matter how far I go, I will carry the memories I have at TYO with me forever.

 

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program is part of STEP! II, a youth employability, empowerment, and community leadership initiative supported by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.

 

Kyra, EFL Teaching Fellow, Spring 2016

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Humans of Nablus 17

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I work at TYO as a guard. I love everything about TYO and the center. I see how not only the kids are treated but how everyone is treated here as a whole. And that is how I strive to treat people. I’ve learned that respect for other people is the most important thing and that is what I love most about being here.

أعمل في منظمة شباب الغد كحارس , أحب كل ما يتعلق بالمنظمة فانا لا ارى فقط كيفية معاملة الاطفال وانما كيفية معاملة الجميع بشكل عام , معاملة تستند على الاحترام وعلى هذا استند عند معاملتي للناس. فقد تعلمت بان الاحترام هو الاهم وهذا هو اكثر ما احبه في هذا المكان

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