Happy New Year from the TYO teams in Nablus and DC!
As we reflect on an amazing year of education programming, we would like to salute our amazing local volunteers who generously gave their time in TYO classrooms in 2012. Our volunteers come from local universities in Nablus and spend up to 10 hours a week supporting teachers and international interns in early childhood and youth education classrooms. They receive training from staff in TYO's psychosocial support methods as well as leadership and communications skills.
Here are three reflections from some of TYO star volunteers in their own words:
"I have learned how to deal with children and how to respect their needs which is something we lack in this community. Traditionally in Palestine, children are brought into a system where the child comes last but at TYO, the child always comes first. I also learned how to be part of a team with the teachers and other volunteers."
---Jihan is 22 years old and a current volunteer at TYO. She is a junior junior studying Financial and Banking in Al-Quds Open University in Nablus.
"My favorite class thus far has been the sport class because I love sports and the kids love it too – especially when they play outside. My favorite moment at TYO was when I was honored at the volunteer ceremony. I felt that I was doing a good job and my efforts were appreciated. It was a great feeling."
---Ahmad is 21 years old, originally from Jenin, Palestine and a current volunteer at TYO.
"Before coming to TYO, my personality was weak. I couldn’t look people in the eyes while speaking and now, I am more courageous when I’m talking socially with friends, and even with strangers."
---Amani is 30 years old, from Jamma’en, a small town outside of Nablus, and a current volunteer at TYO.
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