Apply for SHINE!

Application Deadline: February 8, 2019

Coordinator Arrival: 24 June 2019
Coordinator Orientation: 25-30 June 2019
Volunteer Arrival: 1 July 2019
Volunteer Orientation: 2-7 July 2019
SHINE Project Dates: 8 July – 10 August 2019

Kindly note, the above dates are tentative. Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline. However, applications will continue to be reviewed and application decisions will continue until March 2019.

Volunteer Teacher Applicants:

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 overall program operational costs such as housing, utilities, breakfast/lunch, trips, center fuel, coordinator stipends, among other costs.

Coordinator Applicants:

Coordinators will be contacted to conduct an interview. Accepted coordinators must expect to arrive to Lebanon approximately one week before volunteer arrival for Coordinator Orientation and to set up and prepare for the implementation of SHINE 2019. Kindly note, coordinators receive a modest stipend for their participation.

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.

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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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