LEAP Projects

Project SHINE | Project ASPIRE | Project RISE

Project SHINE

The Summer Help In English (SHINE) Project is an intensive summer camp in the Palestinian refugee-camps of Lebanon. LEAP recruits volunteers to teach English, as well as lead recreational activities while living and working in the refugee camps. In turn, our volunteers learn about the plight of Palestinian refugees in general, but particularly in Lebanon. Volunteers and students share a mutual learning and sharing experience. Upon return to their home communities, volunteers are encouraged to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees.

In addition, SHINE offers students a productive and safe space during their summer vacation to strengthen their English language proficiency, while simultaneously exploring various recreational skills.  In addition, students go on weekly field trips that nurture and foster students’ mental, physical, and social growth at a pivotal stage in their lives. Some of these activities include yoga, photography, videography, debke (a Palestinian folkloric dance), theater, social media, poetry, creative writing, among many others.

Project ASPIRE

The ASPIRE project is an extension of LEAP’s SHINE (Summer Help IN English) project. ASPIRE aims to complement students’ UNRWA education by providing English instruction to the kindergarten classes operated in BAS, as well as English remedial courses for children in school and adults seeking to learn English to advance their employment opportunities. ASPIRE will focus on placing native English instructors in classes year-long, while also offering additional learning opportunities for young people. Project ASPIRE aims to empower students through education so they may become agents of change in their communities.

LEAP will recruit volunteers, as well as provide educational technical guidance, orientation, and mentoring to ASPIRE volunteers. However, volunteers will be directly managed and supervised by our partner organization BAS. Volunteers will teach English and support in other functions in the center, while living and working in the refugee camps of Lebanon.

Thank you for your interest in Project ASPIRE. The application process for ASPIRE is now OPEN. Please click here in order to apply.

Please note that upon acceptance, all volunteers will be required to submit a $1000 non-refundable payment to secure their position with ASPIRE no later than two weeks after their acceptance.  This will contribute to program operational costs including housing, communication, transportation, printing, and other costs.

Volunteer Arrival Dates: September 3, 2017
Volunteer Orientation: September 4-9, 2017
Project Dates: 
Term 1: September 11 – December 20 2017
Term 2: 3 January – 7 June 2018 (orientation dates for term 2 to be determined)

Project RISE

The Recruitment Initiative for Scholarship Enrollment (RISE) is designed to organize a strong team of US-based volunteers to support Palestinian refugee students from Lebanon with their college application process. In addition, RISE works to procure scholarships, provide support to applicants, and to mentor students currently enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

RISE has three main undertakings: (1) Scholarships, (2) College Applicant Support, and (3) College Mentorship.

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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