CEPAL runs seasonal teaching programs in collaboration with NGO partners in three refugee camps in Lebanon: Bourj el-Barajneh and Shatila in Beirut, and Wavel in Baalbek. Our programs usually run in the summer and/or fall, with volunteer placements lasting 2-5 months.
Our teaching is focused in three areas: (1) remedial classes for children who have failed a year or are struggling to pass; (2) classes in which children practice their English through arts, photography, sports, and other activities; and (3) vocational training in computer and other skills. We teach children and youth from 5 to 18 years-old. Increasingly we are responding to demands for adult classes.
CEPAL believes that children learn best when they are having fun. We subscribe to active learning approaches, ranging from arts, crafts, and games, to student debates, drama, and special class projects on a variety of themes. We have found that active learning fosters confidence in students and fosters a love of learning that they can carry with them throughout their studies.
CEPAL’s summer program runs July-August, during the summer break. Our volunteers teach in a variety of United Nations and NGO-led summer schools and remedial programs. CEPAL typically sponsors class trips to the river. During the fall, CEPAL typically runs a variety of after-school programs as well as working at vocational institutes.
Want to volunteer in Lebanon? We are currently no longer accepting applications for the 2011 Summer/Fall program. However, we will be taking application in the summer, 2012, for next year’s program. Sign up to our newsletter to receive details of our next recruitment!