LEAP Testimonials: Natalie, Ibrahim, Gabriela and Ryan

LEAP Testimonials: Natalie, Ibrahim, Gabriela and Ryan

“I have never learned so much and taught so much in such a short period of time. And I cannot imagine having done so in a more demanding and rewarding context.”

-Natalie, Simon Fraser University, Summer 2011

87 “The LEAP teaching experience is just as valuable for the volunteers as it was for the Palestinian students. Living in the refugee camps and amongst the students we taught and feeling the sense of community truly helped to create the enriching experience that I found LEAP to be.”

-Ibrahim, University of Madison-Wisconsin, Summer 2011

“Teaching the kids has been an incredible experience. Over just four weeks we’ve seen some real tangible changes. The program has really opened some of these students up to new aspects of learning and has stimulated their creativity in a terrific way.”

-Gabriela, Columbia University, Summer 2011 & 2012

I’ve witnessed poverty all over the US. From volunteering in downtown Detroit, to the southside of Chicago, to Skid Row in LA, to rural poverty in Alabama and Mississippi, nothing comes close to what the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon face on a daily basis. But I’ve never felt as welcome or been treated with as much hospitality as when I lived in Bourj el Barajneh refugee camp.

-Ryan, Summer 2011

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