UPDATE– What is the Young Leaders Program, and are you connected? The Young Leaders Program invests about 18 months in mentoring a group of underprivileged 14-16-year-olds in personal growth & leadership development, as well as teaching them English.
All of our teachers are local, and one of my colleagues from the US has been the site coordinator. That’ll be the role I take, as the current coordinator gets ready to transition and a new cohort of 120 students begins, in April 2015.
Wait, where are you going? The Middle East.
What are you doing there? Teaching at a university and working at a community center (the center leads small business enterprises for struggling families, English and fitness courses, and youth after school programs).
Additionally… spending a lot of time studying Arabic, and drinking tiny cups of dark, strong coffee with new local friends.
Where will you live? My friends have opened their basement apartment to me, and this works great for me as a place to start out. I’ll have my own space and be able to host others, but will still have an “adopted family” nearby.
Will you have the technological essentials? You mean to ask, can we communicate with you lots? Oh yes. I’ll have the internet/Skype/texting, and would love to be in touch :).
What is the weather? During the warm season, the average high is in the high 90’s. During the cold season, the average daily high drops to mid-70’s. Tough, right?
Will you wear a head covering? Nope.
Is it safe? The area is full of rich culture and amazing individuals. It’s a quiet area of the Middle East for now, but life is uncertain.
How often will you return to the US? I am wondering the same thing. Let me check things out over there and let you know later :-).
How do we contact you? firstname.lastname@example.org
Who took those wicked awesome pictures? Right? Thanks, Sean & Jenn Muldowney! (location: our favorite cafe)