We are an international NGO based in the Bekaa Valley - about an hour's drive from Beirut - working to provide support to vulnerable Syrian and Lebanese people through supplementary education, health awareness sessions, community-based projects and targeted aid. Our main goal is to provide support to vulnerable populations here in Lebanon.
We host volunteers year-round to help run our projects. Since 2016, more than 500 incredible people from over 30 countries have come to help us. Will you be next?
Volunteering here is an experience like no other. There are a few factors that make the experience with us unique.
You will work as part of a team of international volunteers alongside our local staff, and will be serving displaced Syrians and Palestinians as well as the Lebanese population. This provides a perfect opportunity for meaningful cultural exchange, and is what a lot of former volunteers said they found the most rewarding.
We are a small NGO and consider volunteers to be full members of the team. Our coordinators are always happy to hear your ideas and your feedback to help us improve and expand our projects. If you are also interested in helping out on the administrative side of things, we very much welcome that, and this can be an excellent opportunity to learn more about how an NGO is run and learn new skills.
We are looking for open-minded, driven and dedicated volunteers who can commit to being part of our team for an absolute minimum of three weeks. We are primarily focused on supplementary education for young children. Other projects include: adult ESL classes, an outdoor popup cinema, community dinners and material/food aid distributions. We are gradually restarting additional projects with Covid-19 precautions in place.
We provide our own training and are open to welcoming volunteers from all kinds of backgrounds! That said, there are particular skills that are definitely an added bonus:
- Previous experience in ESL teaching specifically, and education in general
- Experience working with children and/or vulnerable populations
- Experience writing funding applications and/or interest in learning
- Arabic language skills
- The ability to drive in Lebanon (depending on where you're from, you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit in your home country)
We have a volunteer-led house with several dorm rooms, a shower, large communal living area and kitchen. Each volunteer is expected to participate in our weekly cooking and cleaning schedule. As we are a charity, we ask volunteers to contribute $35 (USD) a week to cover their accommodation costs; this money goes directly to covering our rent of the space and funding the work that we do.
As we live and work closely as a team, it is very important that you are comfortable living in a communal space, and committed to interacting kindly and constructively with other team members.
Unfortunately we can't encourage sightseeing or travelling to other parts of Lebanon at the moment, because of the very dire Covid-19 situation here. That said, we love hanging out together on the weekends: reading, chilling in the sunshine, playing board games, firing up the pizza oven, doing yoga or meditation, going for walks in our village etc.
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