Apply – ASPIRE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 27, 2019 (applications accepted on a rolling basis and dates are flexible to each volunteer’s schedule)

Volunteer Arrival: 26 September 2019 
Volunteer Orientation: 27-29 September 2019
ASPIRE Fall Term Dates: 30 September – 13 December 2019 & January-May 2020 (dates to be confirmed)

Thank you for your interest in Project ASPIRE. 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.

Please note that volunteers will be provided with a modest stipend of $1500 per semester (commensurate with experience). Moreover, volunteers are provided with housing, local transportation, monthly mobile support, and daily lunch on work days. 

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 able to work under challenging circumstances.

Volunteers must be prepared to work in small classrooms with sporadic or scarce electricity, extreme heat, and limited resources. LEAP volunteers must be culturally sensitive and considerate of local norms, as well as carry themselves in a professional 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: teaching English as a foreign language, working with youth and/or refugee communities; and/or psychosocial support projects. ASPIRE volunteers must also demonstrate the capacity to develop lesson plans based on the UNRWA curriculum for grades 1-3 and/or grades 8-9. Moreover, at times volunteers provide English language courses to mothers/fathers or other professionals in the community, as well as out-of-school adolescents. 

ASPIRE volunteers live in a shared apartment and must be able to endure living in a traditional and conservative Islamic community. Moreover, volunteers may live alone or with up to 1-3 other volunteers. The number varies from term to term. Thus, it is essential that volunteers be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually mature; self-sufficient and independent; as well as be comfortable having extensive alone time in a new and unfamiliar environment.

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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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