Organize a summer camp for Shatila Refugee Camp's teenagers (Beirut, Lebanon)
Description: The Children and Youth Center (CYC) provides space for the children and youth of Shatila and Nahr el-Bared refugee camps, to develop their potential. The CYC is a non-governmental organisation, and caters to all nationalities residing within the camp, including many Syrian and Lebanese children. We believe all children and youth have the right to learn and play, in safety. The success of the CYC is the collaboration of its members, adults and children alike. The children’s committee – a democratically elected committee of children and youth – participates in all decision making, and plays an active role in the running of the centre’s daily life, as well as in the planning of its future.
Type of Work: Since many years, the association organizes a summer camp for teenagers living in Shatila. Volunteers will help CYC in organizing the tent camp: transportation of the children, put up tents, preparation of meals, co-design with the local youth workers of the educational activities for the children with a special focus on peace education.
Study Theme: Volunteers will take part to the study part of the camp coherently with research-action approach: volunteers will be guided by the local organisation to know better the refugee camp conditions and to plan together how to give continuity to the collaboration with Centro Studi Sereno Regis and S.C.I. with CYC. Main focus of the future working camps will be common good and civil nonviolent intervention.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay for part of the time in the guesthouse inside Shatila Camp and during the summer camp they will sleep in tents. Volunteers should bring their sleeping bag.
Requirements: The volunteers should attend a 3 days training (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) that will take place from the 23rd until the 25th of June in Turin, for which a small contribution of 30 euro will be asked to cover the accommodation and meals costs. Volunteers will receive more information about Palestinian and Sirian refugees in Lebanon, nonviolence and education for peace.
Approximate Location: The first and last days of the workcamp will be in Shatila refugee camp, in Beirut, but the workcamp will take place mostly in Siblin Vocational Training Centre near Sidon.
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