Application Deadline: February 14, 2018

Kindly note, the below dates are tentative. Applications will be reviewed by the SHINE committee on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline.

Coordinators will be contacted to conduct an interview. Accepted coordinators must expect to arrive to Lebanon approximately one week before volunteer arrival for an orientation and to support in setting up SHINE 2018. Coordinators receive a modest stipend for their participation.

Please note that upon acceptance, all volunteers will be required to submit a $700 non-refundable payment to secure their position with SHINE no later than two weeks after their acceptance.  This will cover housing, utilities, as well as overall program operational costs (printing, school supplies, class trip entrance fees & buses, center fuel costs, coordinator stipends, electricity, etc).

Volunteer Arrival: 2 July 2018
Volunteer Orientation: 3-8 July 2018
SHINE Project Dates: 9 July – 11 August 2018

Volunteer Expectations

LEAP seeks dynamic, compassionate, and motivated volunteers who enjoy working with young adults; value the right to quality education for all people; are passionate about refugee-rights; involved in or have experience with social justice movements; maintain respect and diplomacy in their interactions with people of diverse backgrounds; and are capable of working under challenging circumstances.

Volunteers must be prepared to work in small classrooms with sporadic or scarce electricity, extreme heat, and limited resources. Volunteers must also be able to endure difficult living conditions such as cramped and uncomfortable apartments, as well as extreme heat and discomfort. Most importantly, LEAP volunteers must be culturally sensitive and considerate of local norms, as well as carry themselves in a mature, appropriate, and respectful manner at all times during the program since they are both representatives of LEAP and by extension, our partners.

Volunteers must demonstrate experience in one or more of the following: previous work or knowledge of the MENA region, particularly Lebanon; Arabic; an understanding of the social and cultural dynamics of the region; educational experience; previous work with youth in tutoring, afterschool programs, recreational activities, etc.; advocacy; refugees/IDPs; management and coordination; working abroad; and/or mental health/psycho-social support.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to apply. This is a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Palestinian refugee reality in Lebanon. The Program has consistently been described as a meaningful, unforgettable experience, for youth and volunteers alike, and we hope that you will join our team.

LEAP Program

LEAP is a grassroots volunteer program established to provide educational empowerment projects to support the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of refugee-youth in Lebanon so they may become agents of change. As an apolitical humanitarian US-based organization, LEAP aims to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees in general, but particularly in Lebanon, to American volunteers.

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