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.

Thank you for your interest in the LEAP Program’s SHINE project. The application process for SHINE 2017 is now OPEN. 

Please note that upon acceptance, all volunteers will be required to submit a $750 non-refundable payment to secure their position with SHINE no later than four weeks after their acceptance. This will cover your housing, as well as overall project operational costs (Coordinator stipends, lunch, printing, school supplies, tshirts, school trip entrance fees & buses, center fuel costs, etc). Coordinators will receive a modest stipend for their participation.

Volunteer Arrival Dates: July 3 & 4, 2017
Volunteer Orientation: July 5-9, 2017
Project Dates: July 15 – August 12, 2017

Project ASPIRE

The After School Program In Remedial English (ASPIRE) is an extension to LEAP’s SHINE (Summer Help IN English) project. ASPIRE aims to complement students’ UNRWA education by providing both homework assistance as well as English assistance during after-school hours.

***Currently, ASPIRE is on hold and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in for updates or contact us.

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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