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TYO Alumni Where Are They Now

TYO interns are a diverse and talented group who, after giving their all to impact the community of Nablus, go on to do amazing things! Read more about where they are now and how their experience at TYO has impacted them.

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Eleanor Trenary My internship at TYO helped guide my professional decisions after I left, and gave me a stronger sense of myself as an employee, manager, and person. Originally from Minneapolis, MN Eleanor taught Sports for adolescents, Fitness class as part of The Women’s Group and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  One of the best moments from my class at Najah was a discussion my students had about their desired careers. There were strong opinions in the class about how Palestinians can best Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Rosie Chapman I think TYO changed me for good. My experience there gave me confidence in my own abilities and changed the way I saw the world. Originally from Honiton, England Rosie taught Sports for adolescents, Fitness class as part of The Women’s Group and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the fall of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  My favourite moment from TYO was probably one of the times we played basketball in the children’s sports class. All the kids played together really well and looked so happy the whole Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Rachel Widany TYO gave me more tools and experience than you could imagine coming out of a four month experience. If you take the program seriously they really set you up for excellence in a challenging field, and I could not be more grateful for the experience. Originally from Pittsburg, PA Rachel taught Games & Sports, Fitness IT as part of The Women’s Group and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the fall of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  My favorite moment at TYO took place during a game we were playing Continue reading…

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TYO Core Teacher and Volunteer Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Ahmad Bshara graduated from An-Najah University in January 2012 with a BA in English Language and Literature. During his time as a university student, some of his friends who were volunteering at TYO told him about the volunteer program and encouraged him to apply.  “I was like, sure I want to work with foreigners and improve my language.  So, I applied here to work as a translator with American interns.”  Ahmad became a volunteer for TYO’s after school programming in conjunction with our International Internship Program and quickly saw what a special place TYO is.  “I thought I would be Continue reading…

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Intern Alumni Guest Post: Amanda

This blog post features former intern Amanda as she reflects on her time as a TYO intern last summer in Nablus. I had been studying Kathleen Hanna directly prior to my arrival in Nablus. Kathleen Hanna was the original Punk Rock girl in the 80s. She started a feminist movement because she used her fame to preach about the necessity for equality for women. She would often be heard at her shows screaming “GIRLS IN THE FRONT, GIRLS IN THE FRONT” to make men move away from the front of the stage and create a safe environment for women to dance Continue reading…

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TYO CORE TEACHER AND VOLUNTEER ALUMNI: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Mohammad Abulkibash was a volunteer at TYO and a Core Child Teacher since Spring 2012. This past fall, Mohammad embarked on a journey to the United States through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). Having visited the US before as a TYO ambassador, attending CGI-U, Mohammad was excited to return – this time to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Mohammad shares his experiences as a Fulbright scholar and gives advice to Palestinian youth. Please explain your program and what you’re studying. I am currently enrolled in the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. This program enables young educators Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Tommy Laferriere When you have a student realize the progress they made and express their gratification for your work, there is nothing quite like it. Originally from North Kingstown, RI, Tommy taught Sports, Beginner and Intermediate Computer IT as part of The Women’s Group and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the fall of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  I mean besides the Turkish bath with Mohammad, I’d have to say my favorite moment was the closing celebration at the end of the semester. Watching students that I laughed with, got Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Molly Bernstein I continue to visit Nablus and TYO whenever I get the chance. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work there, and am grateful for the encouragement and generosity of those that continue to work at the organization and develop its impact. Originally from Washington, DC, Molly was an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2011 and 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  I have many favorite moments from my time in Nablus, but one in particular that often comes to mind when I think about TYO has Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Alex Palmer A TYO internship is an unbeatable opportunity to learn about the world, and about yourself, while contributing in a tangible way to improving a community in need. From Elm Grove, WI Alex taught Photography and Advanced IT as part of the Women’s Group, Staff English, Soccer Club and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  There were many amazing moments and stories, but I’ll never forget the looks on the faces of the women in my photography class when I handed Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Nawal Maalouf I miss the children and their playfulness, the strength and spirit of the women, and the friendships I shared with my co-workers and volunteers. It’s the people that make TYO the wonderful organization that it is. From Brooklyn, NY Nawal taught Sports, TWG Fitness and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  My favorite moment from TYO was celebrating Mother’s Day with The Women’s Group. Instead of our usual fitness class, we decided to celebrate the holiday by taking the women Continue reading…