The Jusoor Summer Volunteer Program in Lebanon gives young adults from all around the world the chance to volunteer with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Jusoor Summer Volunteer Program
The Jusoor Summer Volunteer Program in Lebanon offers a life changing experience and raises awareness about the situation in which Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are living. Designed as an educational ‘summer camp’, the program aims at providing new and engaging learning experiences for the students in our educational center. Boosting the children’s self-confidence, psychological well-being and self-expression skills, the program provides entertainment and educational activities that are full of fun, happiness and positive energy for all participants.
In this program’s fourth cycle in 2017, participating volunteers will help us:
Volunteers are required to apply with a project or activity in mind. These projects might include a final outcome like an art show, science exhibit, or theater play, they might involve training the students in an area like yoga, or sport.
We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply
The volunteers get to learn first-hand about the refugee crisis and education in emergencies. They work along other enthusiastic individuals who share the same passion to help others. There are ample opportunities for practicing Arabic, designing and implementing educational activities, getting to know Syrian and Lebanese teachers, and learning about diverse regions and communities in Lebanon.
The program starts with four days of orientation and training in dealing with English as a second language, classroom management, as well as preparing activities for the first week, after which every volunteer is assigned to a classroom at one of Jusoor’s educational centers. Jusoor runs three centers one in Beirut and two in the Bekaa valley in Jib Jannine and Jarahiyeh. The Beirut and Jarahiyeh centers serve around 300 children each. The Jib Jannine center serves around 700 children.
The children are between the ages of 6-12 years old. The centers’ primary goal during the formal school year is to provide remedial primary education so that these students can enter the formal Lebanese public schools and succeed there. The Summer Volunteer Program provides a ‘summer camp’ experience that constitutes a key opportunity these children have to participate in extracurricular activities.
At the centers, the volunteers will run activities for five days a week for a period of 3 weeks, and each will be paired with an Arabic-speaking Syrian or Lebanese teacher or volunteer.
During the course of the program, the volunteers will run activities within the classrooms in collaboration with their Arabic-speaking co-facilitators and the larger Jusoor team in Lebanon. Volunteers are also asked to write blog posts about their experience on a regular basis, which we will then share with the larger Jusoor community. You can see blog entries written by previous volunteers here.
Based on the school where the volunteer would be allocated to, the volunteers are expected to daily commute from Beirut to the al-Bekaa valley. The commute takes around 1:30 hrs. School days start at 9:00 am till 2:00 pm.
The Jusoor Summer Volunteer Program is a great opportunity to discover Lebanon. One outing to one of the Lebanon touristic locations is included as part of the program. Additionally, our previous volunteers had arranged many trips and outings themselves. Beirut is a great city where people can go out at nights. Many parties and concerts are taking place in the summer. Enjoying the summer at the beach is also an option in Lebanon. Lebanon is a small and beautiful country which makes it easy to tour the country on the weekend. For people interested in historical locations, Byblos and Ba'albek are the best locations to learn about the ancient Romans in the Levant.
We can arrange airport pickups upon request. A taxi driver will be waiting for the volunteers at the airport holding a sign with their names to pick them up to the accommodation.