Volunteer Testimonials and Blogs

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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LEAP Testimonials: Alia, Dana, Suzanne, Shaheena

LEAP Testimonials: Alia, Dana, Suzanne, Shaheena

“Having worked with LEAP and its bright students, I witnessed first-hand the necessity and the fruitfulness of this program. The students I worked with had great potential and luckily LEAP provided the opportunity for these students to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. While we may not be […]

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LEAP Blog: Shatila On My Mind: Kimberly

LEAP Blog: Shatila On My Mind: Kimberly

The following piece is re-blogged from Kimberly’s blog, .peace.love.teach. It is one of a number of blog entries detailing Kimberly’s experiences in Lebanon with LEAP: Today, is my last day in Shatila. I can’t believe it. I’m filled with a lot of emotions…it is a bittersweet moment. […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Jacqueline, Danny, Cynthia, Emily, Kareem

LEAP Testimonials: Jacqueline, Danny, Cynthia, Emily, Kareem

“Before coming to the program I was not sure what to expect because there are so many skeptical programs that do Palestine work, but after coming I believe that any Palestinian, or anyone in solidarity with Palestinians, should do a program like this to help get a […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Sarah, Vidaur, Will, Kim

LEAP Testimonials: Sarah, Vidaur, Will, Kim

“An experience that not only taught me about myself and tested my patience and endurance in teaching, but also opened my eyes firsthand to the true inhumanity imposed upon the Palestinians. I saw firsthand the lack socioeconomic resources given to the children and the need to let […]

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