East & North Africa
Syrian Refugees: Lebanon & Jordan
In the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia, Eygypt , Libya &
overthrew repressive leaders. But it backfired in Syria.
Assad cracked down on & killed protesters starting the civil
400, 000 have been killed in Syria. 4.7 million have
We have all seen the images of Syrians
fleeing the bombing in Aleppo...
fleeing by boat to
Greece then Europe or flooding into neighboring countries.
1/4 people in Lebanon are Syrian refugeees. 1/7 in Jordan.
Many would say that this is The Crisis of our Time.
We have had many requests from poeple wanting to
The kind of volunteers needed In Lebanon & Jordan
is so varied
that we have broken it apart by skills
International Development: Jordan & Lebanon
We have several placements that give
in the variety of skills that you
need in international development.
You can take a
sampling of several departments & skill sets.
Lebanon & Jordanian orgs are internationally recognized.
Lebanon is a compact, complex country. Beirut is
I confess: I thought Jordan
would be flat & boring. It was neither.
I have never met
such a fun & funny staff. So joyful.
Jordan if you can speak Arabic. A do-able goal for the
Who is needed?
that want to enter or advance in International Development.
Often these are people that just finished a Career Consult
Why not more volunteer opportunities in Israel?
There is fascinating work going on in Israel so why have we
not offered more opportunities there?
We talked with
micro-finance, environmental, desalination and services to Horn of
Africa refugees organizations.
They all told us the same thing
Argentina and Chile told us: "We don't need help."
Additionally, Israel is so, so expensive, we could never arrange
frugal accommodation and meals for our volunteers.
Clinics & Mobile Units: Lebanon, Jordan & Morocco
Who is needed?
--Nursing or medical students to help with triage
--Competent, experienced, licensed midwifes &
nurse midwives (Maroc)
--Public heath to help with
health campaigns/ prevention with refugees
assistants & hygienists
--Nutritionists & naturopaths
mammographers, ultrasound techs
filing. and matching services provided to funding source
--Speech therapists &requested at one Lebanese clinic.
--Physical therapists/ physiotherapists also needed.
In Lebanon & Jordan,
80% of beneficiaries are Syrian refugees.
Both also host
Palestinian refugees; Jordan also serves many Iraqi
Social Work & Psychology: Jordan & Lebanon
There is a tremendous need for experienced
In Lebanon, they have an great
program helping women who have been trafficked; many who
have been physically or sexually abused.
So they need
both therapists and attorneys/ lawyers in this program.
Or come help
in mobile Education Unit in Lebanon that does Art Therapy
with Syrian refugee kids. Both Lebanon & Jordan
need therapists at clinics.
where 80% of the
beneficiaries are Syrian or Iraqi refugees.
--The above 2 programs, you don't need
to be fluent in Arabic.
But in Jordan
program, Arabic is a must to counsel Syrian refugees.
--Jungian therapists who can can help via dream work.
---Art, Dance, Music , Drama & Massage therapists all
--Social Workers, Psychologists, counselors and
--Social Workers are also need to do
case work/ outreach to Syrian refugees.
Education: Lebanon & Jordan
Syrian refugee adults have created an incredibly exciting
school in Lebanon. Come help!
Who is needed?
educators who can train their impromptu teachers
artists, artists for dynamic arts program
--Mechanical engineers, Physics majors , coding & robotics
to enrich their hands-on, engaging Science
--Syrian kids & adults are hungry to learn English, the language of the
Peacebuilding: Jordan, Israel/ Palestine
Jordan, which hosts Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees,
sees its role in the region as a peace maker.
Come help in a peace building program in
The conflict between Israel & Palestine? Israelis say
Palestinians are terrorists.
Palestinians say that they have been
occupied for decades and yearn for a right to return to land
that was once their's. Expansion of Israeli settlements make
a "two state solution" - where Palestine and Israel would
llive peacefully side by side - almost impossible. Come
Who is needed:
--Middle East studies majors.
--People with experience in
or passion for Peace Building & Conflict Resolution
Journalism: Israel/ Palestine & Morocco
Our Peace Buidling placement goes hand-in-hand with this
i.e. The goal is to educate, inform
and shape public opinion about peace.
placement in Morocco is dynamic: informing the world about
what is going on In Morocco. The Rif region has been
fomenting change in the Kingdom.
Who is needed:
--People with strong journalism skills: research,
interviewing & writing.
Water, Solar, Home Renovation, Housing Rights:
Israel/ Palestine & Jordan
region is fraught with political fault lines.
your Intake with Ann we will discuss whether yoiur political
match the place where your skills are needed.
Palestinians are often without water or electricity.
Or Syrian refugees in Jordan need help
improving their homes.
Who is needed?
--Experienced and aspiring solar enginerers & photovoltaic
--Hydrologists, water/ environmental
--People with experience in water & sanitation
--People that are handy or skilled
electricions, plumbers, builders
--People to teach communities their rights re housing &
how to navigate
rules. This is huge in
Israel & Palestine. Thus Hebrew & Arabic essential.
The Empowerment of Women: Morocco, Lebanon & Jordan
We get many Muslim women that would like to help other
We get men who would like to improve the
lives of women.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of
Infidel, says that Muslim women are taught to submit.
They must get male approval to do many things.
blamed for gender based violence and in some countries
Morocco & Jordan have reversed the law that says
a rapist will be acquitted if he marries the woman that he
has raped. Many of these raped women commit suicide.
Who is needed?
--Come to Morocco and
help women learn their rights.
--Come to Lebanon and help
women who have been trafficked.
--Come to Jordan and help
women learn ways to make a living.
--In Lebanon, help
women learn English...and find a place to talk their lives.
the Paris of the Middle East!
Balconies with views of sea
& Livelihoods: Morocco, Jordan & Lebanon
opportunity in Morocco requires French fluency.
welcomes people that can teach entrepreneurship/ small
Jordan org welcomes people that can teach or
do Livelihood skills.
We have 2 new
micro-finace opportunities in Lebanon.
Both MFI's are
very sophisticated. If you can speak Arabic you can help in
If you speak English or French, you can help at
Who is needed?
--Finance, Banking, Accounting &
Micro-finance experience helpful in Morocco.
--Entrepreneurial skills & small business skills more
helpful in Lebanon.
--Carpentry, sewing, soap
making, mosaics helpful in Jordan.
auditing, operations, communications needed in Leb MFI.
--Help Leb MFI develop mobile app, eCommerce, new products &
Rights: Lebanon & Morocco
Lebanon fought a long & bloody civil war from 1975 to
and developed a balance between Shite, Sunni &
Syria occupied Lebanon from 1976 to 2005.
Israel has invaded to knock out the PLO and Hezbollah.
Thus this org deeply wants their youth to know their
history & role in the region, their rights, and how to
uphold their democracy.
Come teach youth human
rights and democracy building!
--People with a passion for human
rights and.or democracy building.
--Students, grads or
seasoned professional in
International Relations or Middle East studies.
Teaching English: Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine & Jordan
The advantage of this position is that you don't have to
speak French or Arabic;
English becomes the bridge
however haltingly it may be for the students.
Who is needed?
--It helps to have
a grasp of how to sequence lessons...how language develops
--Creative, fun-loving, clowning & pantomiming a plus
--Able to make a human connection, even if you do not have
--But other than that, anyone and everyone is
--TESOL and other credentials not necessary
Kids & Youth & Elders! Palestine, Lebanon & Morocco
--Want a great place to learn
about giving love?
--Want a break from the daily grind?
--Love to sing, and play, and dance, and teach?
Want a place to innocently practice your Arabic or French in
Palestine has an innovative program to keep
kids out of trouble after school.
--They teach their kids
sports, yoga, and the arts
music, dance, capaeira, astronomy, English, French.
--They welcome you to contribute your passion to enrich
--They have a wonderful library so welcome
The most enthusiast participants in
Lebanon org are the elders!
Come help with baking,
birding, singing, story telling or teaching kids to read.
Lebanon teaches kids Enlgish, the arts in
their community centers.
And Lebanon has mobile units
that bring art therapy & literacy to kids in Syrian
Most requested expertise/ skills? Grant Writing &
Almost every organization in the Middle East struggles to raise the
funds that sustain them.
So the most valueable skills are:
--Grant writing = proposal writers
--Helping to develop an enterprise that would sustain NGO.
Additionally a Jordanian organization requested Public
Administration/ Organizational Development expertise
help them strenthen how they operate as an organization.
Arabic or French Lessons and /or
Immersion in home stay & volunteering
Or, if you speak
Arabic and want to learn English, that is also an option.
For many of the positions above,
you really need to
be able to understand & speak Arabic.
In the same way
that I would not send anyone
to Central or South America
who does not speak Spanish;
Directors have asked for
volunteers that a solid grasp of Arablic.
news? More and more people have gone out of their way to
A Photo Essay on the importance of volunteering here
Today I received in the mail, a promotional copy of
the Christian Science Monitor Weekly with the cover story titled
"Islam and the West: Suspicion and fear of Muslims fanned by
politicians and recent events is again spurring furious debate."
It prompted this photo-essay.
International Voluntering as Citizen Diplomacy
International volunteering is both an opportunity to
and to get to know another culture.
I found that the most fascinating places to me
my forays into the Muslim world.
Islam is much more
prevalent in Africa than in America.
So it was a novelty
to be surrounded by women in head scarves
on the boat to
I found the muezzin's call to prayer
I thank the Muslim (American)
social worker who called me 4 years ago,
irked that we
had no offerings in the Muslim world.
That was a wake up
call that I was missing out as were our volunteers.
If I were to say where the biggest rift in the world is:
wouldn't you say it is between the Islamic world and the
So we have begun to make placements in the Muslim
so that I and our volunteers can begin to bridge
What looks boring on the outside.
but rich & colorful on the inside?
Friends showed me their slides of Morocco.
I thought the
cities' buildings looked so monotonous,
that I honestly
did not really want to go.
On the train ride from
Casablanca to Rabat,
I was stuck by the sameness of most
But ha! Once inside, it is so rich
In both Rabat and Zanzibar (island in Tanzania),
you could easily get lost in
the labyrinth of the medina.
The maze of alleys were the
from outer world to the rich, hidden
Then on the interior of the interior was the home stay.
I was welcomed into the home of a wonderful family.
They had a baby that was just two nano seconds short
learning to walk.
We would all sit around clapping
and shouting "Bravo!"
as baby almost succeeded with those
Looking back, I see that we are all just
making those same
tettering steps to bridge the
gap....to overcome whatever divides us;
to see the human
face of Islam....and the many faces of humanity.
Hear the hauntinly beautiful call to prayer. Click
MANY PLACES: Journalism & Democracy Building
Journalism goes hand-in-hand with democracy building
because it is critical to have an informed electorate.
Work in an exciting, fast-paced environment.
Who is needed?
--People who can write
--Policy analysts who can explain what is going on
in current events.
--Independent writers and journalists
who can manage on their own.
--Energetic people that can
keep up with the fast pace.
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