Volunteer Testimonials and Blogs

LEAP Program Statement on #Nakba70

LEAP Program Statement on #Nakba70

#Nakba70 Palestinians this month mark seventy years since the 1948 Nakba, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled or fled their homes for safety as another people sought to remove them to establish their State — Israel. We are again reminded that the impact of this catastrophe […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Jackson

LEAP Testimonials: Jackson

Having participated in LEAP’s SHINE program both as a volunteer, and as a coordinator, I can truly say the experience changed me deeply, and was incredibly rewarding.  Like many volunteers, I first came to LEAP out of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Seeing the conditions in the […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Mike

LEAP Testimonials: Mike

Having participated in LEAP’s SHINE program both as a volunteer, and as a coordinator, I can truly say the experience changed me deeply, and was incredibly rewarding.  Like many volunteers, I first came to LEAP out of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Seeing the conditions in the […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Frank

LEAP Testimonials: Frank

The LEAP volunteer experience has so many rich dimensions to it. While there is the common goal of teaching English in order to improve the lives of refugee kids in the camps, each of us came with expectations and motives refracted through our own personal stories. For […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Amith

LEAP Testimonials: Amith

From October through December 2017, I served as the sole teaching volunteer for the LEAP ASPIRE program. In addition to being a valuable program for the community, the experience was personally and emotionally profound for myself as a teacher. Obtaining comprehension of the English language at an […]

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LEAP Statement on US Aid Cuts to UNRWA

LEAP Statement on US Aid Cuts to UNRWA

On January 16th, 2018, the United States federal government laid out its plans for a dramatic decrease in financial aid earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the principal United Nations authority providing basic services to Palestine refugees. The U.S. State Department has determined […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Najwa, Sarah, Dayana, Nadia, Francis

“The plight of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is not well documented. We do not see or hear stories about the inhumane conditions they live in within Lebanon. This experience informed me of the historical and political context of Palestinian existence in Lebanon.” Najwa B., LEAP Volunteer, Summer […]

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LEAP Blog: Being Miss Nour, Week 1: Nour

LEAP Blog: Being Miss Nour, Week 1: Nour

The following piece is reblogged from Isdoud, the blog of LEAP volunteer Nour. Nour’s blog contains a number of other entries dedicated to her time in Shatila, and we encourage you to visit and read them all! This last week has felt more like a month, and […]

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LEAP Blog: On Hearing Shatila: Ann

LEAP Blog: On Hearing Shatila: Ann

The following piece is reblogged from imik simik, the blog of LEAP volunteer Ann. Ann’s blog contains a number of other entries dedicated to her time in Shatila, and we encourage you to visit and read them all! The nearer my departure draws, the faster the time […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Boian, Dima, Karina

LEAP Testimonials: Boian, Dima, Karina

LEAP is one of the only volunteer programs I know of that is truly emancipatory for all its participants—students and instructors. I was honored to take part.” – Boian, Summer 2011 “While I strongly believed in and supported the work of LEAP before, after experiencing the program […]

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