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Deadline: February 12, 2020


  • Volunteer Arrival: 29 June 2020
  • Volunteer Orientation: 30 June - 5 July 2020
  • Project Dates: 6 July – 8 August 2020

Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is a rigorous educational enhancement program for Palestinian, and more recently Syrian, refugee youth in Lebanon. LEAP is dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of young people by encouraging them to become agents of change through supporting children in their educational pursuits during their most formative years. 

LEAP illuminates the plight of Palestine refugees, particularly in Lebanon, through volunteer-run educational projects. Simultaneously, we seek to provide a rich cultural exchange for our volunteers with the goal that they deepen their understanding of the plight of Palestine refugees and bring this back to their home communities. Learn more...


Only one-third of refugee students enrolled in first grade at UNRWA schools complete their high school education. This is partially due to low passing rates on the Brevét, which is a national examination required for promotion to high school. The Brevét exam is administered in English giving Palestine refugee students, with less access to English education, a disadvantage in successfully passing the exam. 

Project SHINE provides an intensive summer English language project to prepare students for the Brevet examination, strengthen their English proficiency, and provide a space for intellectual and recreational activities to change the routine of camp life during the summer. LEAP is recruiting volunteers to provide English language instruction and other recreational enrichment activities (such as theater, dance, film, yoga, and creative writing), while living and working in the refugee camps of Lebanon. To apply, click here. 




Project MUSIC aims to equip refugee youth with musical instruments and provide music education in the camps, thereby stimulating creative and therapeutic expression to further nurture their psychosocial support and improve their overall well-being. Music is a formidable tool for empowerment. Access to music education in the camps is limited, and LEAP seeks to change this. LEAP volunteers will work to support young musicians in the camp to advance their skills and confidence. 

LEAP is recruiting volunteers to teach different kinds of music education, based on the talents each candidate brings. These have included: theory, strings, winds, oud, and vocal. To apply, click here.




LEAP volunteers learn about the Palestine refugee reality, particularly in Lebanon, where the situation for Palestinian refugees is dire, and even more so in recent years after the Syria crisis. Volunteers and students share a mutual learning experience. Upon return to their home communities, volunteers are expected to raise awareness about the plight of Palestine refugees and amplify the voices of refugees through report-backs and information sessions.



LEAP seeks dynamic, compassionate, and motivated volunteers who enjoy working with young adults, value the right to quality education, believe in refugee rights, have a passion for social justice, maintain respect and diplomacy in their interactions with people of different backgrounds, and who are capable of working under challenging circumstances. 

Volunteers must be prepared to work in small classrooms with sporadic 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. Participants must behave maturely and respectfully at all times during their participation as they are both representatives of LEAP and by extension, our partner organization.

Volunteers must demonstrate experience in one or more of the following: work or knowledge of the MENA region, particularly Lebanon; Arabic colloquial skills; teaching English as a new language; work in tutoring, after-school programs, or camps; advocacy and organizing experience; management and coordination; working or living abroad; and/or psychosocial support or social work. 

We strongly encourage interested applicants to apply. This is a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Palestine 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! We look forward to receiving your application. 



To apply to Project SHINE or Project MUSIC, please complete the online application before the deadline on 12 February 2019

To learn more, support our projects and/or partner with us, please visit the LEAP website.



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