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Jusoor

Educational Summer Camp for Refugee Children

by Jusoor
Asia Western Asia Lebanon Beirut, Jib Jannine, Jarrahiye

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:

  • Facilitate educational activities for children. The offerings will be influenced by the skills and interests of the volunteers and could be in, but aren’t limited to, the areas of visual arts, music, theater, film, storytelling, outdoor/sports activities, peace-building activities,  science experiments, and language learning.
  • Help improve our school, by renovating rooms and turning them into beautiful classrooms.
  • Help develop activity and educational resources that will help our teachers year-round.

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.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

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.

Details on Arrival

This year’s program runs from July 17 – August 13, 2017. The camp is four weeks long. Camp days are between 4 hours and 6 hours long, and volunteers usually spend 1-2 hours preparing outside of camp time.

All volunteers should arrive on July 17, 2017. After that, the four orientation and training days will be conducted. Then the volunteers start their work with the children for three weeks. August 13, 2017 is the day when the volunteers are supposed to get back to their ordinary life. 

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Jusoor are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

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. 

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Included Services

What's included?
To cover transportation and accommodation fees, we ask that volunteers contribute $1,000 each upon acceptance into the program and before June 15, 2017. If the volunteers would like to arrange accommodation on their own, we request $300 to cover transportation fees and overhead expenses which include an outing expenses, and very basic administrative stuff.


Airport Pickup at Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport

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. 

Accommodation
We will provide opportunities for volunteers to stay in university housing, furnished apartments, their own accommodations, or hostels, in either Beirut or the Bekaa Valley. The final housing decisions will be made according to the number of volunteers participating in the program this year. Volunteers will stay in shared gender-segregated rooms.
Dorm Room Hotel
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,000.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,000.00
Average fees
$250.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Beirut, Jib Jannine, Jarrahiye/Lebanon between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Jusoor will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Jusoor during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Lebanon

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Lebanon. Please check the visa regulations for Lebanon.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Lebanon.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport (BEY) in Beirut. We assist you to find cheap flights to Lebanon.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Lebanon provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Lebanon you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Lebanon.
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