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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Walaa M.

Walaa is from Huwara village south of Nablus. She graduated from An Najah University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about TYO? I first heard about TYO through friends in university who had volunteered in TYO’s education programs. From what they described, it sounded like an incredible experience particularly in building strong personality traits and skills to pursue their careers. I decided to apply and was accepted. Volunteering at TYO is my first experience volunteering – looking back, I wish I had Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Mohammad A.

Mohammad Alawneh is from Azmout, a village outside of Nablus. He graduated from An Najah University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning program? Have you volunteered before? Last session, I participated in a CV writing course at An Najah University offered by TYO’s international interns. I enjoyed it and found it very helpful, especially because I knew that I would need an improved and more professional CV when I graduated. I then heard through the university’s career counseling services that TYO was recruiting classroom volunteers for the Spring Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Iyad F.

Iyad F. is from Rommaneh, a village outside of Jenin. He graduated from An Najah National University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Journalism. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about TYO? I heard about TYO’s Youth Service Learning program through an announcement at the graduate counseling office at the university. I took a look at the website and immediately was interested in TYO’s work, particularly what they offer for youth in terms of work experience and employability training. I was also very interested in working alongside native English language Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Bashaer K.

Bashaer Khdair is from Jamaeen, a neighboring village of Nablus. She is currently studying Mathematics Teaching Methods at An Najah University. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about TYO? My friend was a volunteer at TYO and always talked to me about her experiences with the early childhood education program. I loved what I heard about the program, and I also wanted to teach that age after graduating, so I thought it would be a great way to gain real experience in the classroom. I have to say, I was nervous at first; Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Jamila J.

Jamila J. is from Salem, a village outside of Nablus. She graduated from An Najah University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She now teaches preschool at Dawhet Al-Eman school in Nablus in addition to volunteering at TYO. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about TYO? I heard about TYO’s volunteer program from my sister, who had volunteered at TYO previously. She always told me about the early childhood education program, particularly about the nonformal approach and how rewarding it was to work with children from high-need areas around Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Wasfiya D.

Wasfiya D. is from Tubas, a village in Palestine northeast of Nablus. When Wasfiya was in sixth grade, she was forced to drop out of school. Her family’s home was on a mountain just outside of Tubas, and getting to school was not easy. Typically, Wasfiya’s father would take her and her brothers to school; but when her father was arrested, Wasfiya’s brothers decided that she should drop out of school and stay at home. They believed that it was enough for Wasfiya to read and write, and that anything more was a waste of time and money. In 2007 Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Ohud D.

Ohud D. is from Nablus. She studied teaching methodology at Al-Quds Open University and graduated in 2013. In addition to volunteering at TYO, she is working on a short-term project offering lectures to children and their moms about health and nutrition. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about us?  I follow TYO on Facebook and often read the posts and news about what is happening at the organization. Through what I saw on Facebook, I saw TYO as a great place to develop my professional skills and gain experience working with children, so Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Somaya M.

Somayya M. is from Sarra, a village outside of Nablus. In 2014, she graduated from An Najah National University with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. How did you hear about TYO, and what sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? While in university, I took an English language course with Denise, one of the interns in TYO’s international internship program. Through the experience, I became very interested in volunteering at TYO and specifically working with the international interns in order to improve my English. I applied and was accepted as a volunteer in the early childhood Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Eman S.

Eman S. is from Balata refugee camp in Nablus. She graduated from university in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Eman describes herself as a person who loves to keep growing and challenging herself and says that is what led her to volunteer with TYO. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? Have you volunteered elsewhere before? My friend is the mother of a kid in TYO’s Core Child Program, and she has told me many times how happy she is about what TYO is doing for kids and families in the refugee camps around Nablus. Since Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Noor A.

Noor A. was born and raised in Nablus. She graduated from the Education College at An Najah National University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching Methods. What made you interested in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? Have you volunteered elsewhere before? I have volunteered with a few other organizations before. An Najah requires all students to complete community service hours before graduating, so during university I had volunteered with the Red Crescent assisting at an elderly home and I had also volunteered teaching Arabic in a public school. However, when I reached my last year in university Continue reading…