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Fifteens and Zoom: A reflection

Fifteens and Zoom: A reflection

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Bukra Ahla through Alex’s eyes

Bukra Ahla through Alex’s eyes

by Alex Hart, Beirut volunteer The Bukra Ahla center where we live and work is situated in between the Shatila…

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Pizza-making with the women at the Jette centre

Pizza-making with the women at the Jette centre

On 15th June, the SB Espoir team met at the Womens' Red Cross centre Jette. Pizza making and art were…

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Being Syrian in Lebanon, working with a refugee NGO

Being Syrian in Lebanon, working with a refugee NGO

by Joudy, Beirut Volunteer You know how sometimes your emotions take over, and no matter how many times you tell…

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Confronting realities in Mini-Europe

Confronting realities in Mini-Europe

Blog post by Brussels Volunteer Evelin A few weeks ago, we took some of the youth from the WSP/Uccle centers…

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Learning how to use your physical & mental strengh through self-defense courses

Learning how to use your physical & mental strengh through self-defense courses

Written by Ciara (Beirut volunteer leading the classes) When I started teaching self-defence with SB I didn’t realise the full…

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Meet Ahmad

Meet Ahmad

Originally published on WorldWide Tribe 17 May 2019 Every morning of the working week I am greeted by sixteen exuberant…

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Mouna and SB Espoir

Mouna and SB Espoir

I am of Syrian origin, and I have been able to see the hardships my people have experienced leaving their…

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Reflecting on hardship – Blog by Bayan

Reflecting on hardship – Blog by Bayan

I started volunteering with SB OverSeas in March, at the centre within the Ouzai refugee camp located in Saida. Even…

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“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to”

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to”

In the rush of everyday life, we often forget to celebrate the little (or big) things that people do. Crises,…

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Education beyond books and classrooms

Education beyond books and classrooms

Having studied human rights as part of my master’s course, I found it frustrating when my classes covered cases of…

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Welcome to Shatila

Welcome to Shatila

Under the shadow of thick, black clouds sweeping in from the mountains one February evening in Beirut I climbed into…

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“Teacher! Teacher!”

“Teacher! Teacher!”

When I first arrived at SB Overseas centre in Saida I remember feeling incredibly nervous. I had never really taught…

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Volunteering with SB OverSeas… crossing the borders

Volunteering with SB OverSeas… crossing the borders

If you think  my following words will describe to you what refugee children and youth currently living in Brussels witnessed…

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“Just a bit stronger, a bit smarter, and a bit more confident than the day before”

“Just a bit stronger, a bit smarter, and a bit more confident than the day before”

Class starts at 1:30pm with Arabic, but it is not until 2:30 when we, the volunteers, enter. First for mathematics,…

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Youssef’s story by Sandon

Youssef’s story by Sandon

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The children of SB Overseas are among the most vulnerable in the world. Consider Youssef, a 9-year-old…

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On saying goodbye in Brussels

On saying goodbye in Brussels

Long-time SB Espoir volunteer Zoheb Mashiur shares with us his experience building relationships in Brussels through the volunteer programme: Brussels…

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Finding a new home in Lebanon

Finding a new home in Lebanon

Every two months international volunteers come from all over the world to teach at SB’s non-formal education centres in Beirut…

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Rosa’s Student: A Story of Strength

Rosa’s Student: A Story of Strength

By Rosa Heinen Any person who were to visit the center here in Saida would most likely think that it…

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Francesca’s Brussels Bucket List

Francesca’s Brussels Bucket List

Hello everyone, My name is Francesca and I am a bubbly Italian, landed in Brussels in September 2018. I moved…

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Volunteering with SB: Pierre’s Story

Volunteering with SB: Pierre’s Story

1.      Tell us about yourself My name is Pierre Schelameur, I am 23 years old. I am French-American. I grew up…

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Volunteering with SB OverSeas: To a better tomorrow

Volunteering with SB OverSeas: To a better tomorrow

"We all have the power to make a difference, by just keeping things simple". That is what one of our…

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Volunteering in Lebanon: Sandon’s Story

Volunteering in Lebanon: Sandon’s Story

1. Tell us about yourself My name is Sandon Mims. I am from the United States, and was born in…

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Volunteering in Lebanon: Madison’s story

Volunteering in Lebanon: Madison’s story

Today we are talking to Madison, who is currently volunteering with us in Lebanon. After having come over in July…

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Life at Thirteen Years Old – A future stolen

Life at Thirteen Years Old – A future stolen

Written by Nile Watson-Batista, a volunteer in Lebanon, with the help of SB staff. Amara was the girl in the front row…

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Volunteering in Lebanon: Alex’s story

Volunteering in Lebanon: Alex’s story

Tell us about yourself Heya everyone! I am Alex from Romania, I have worked for five years in the cruise…

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Welcome our newest #GiveHope ambassador: Sally Elbassir from Passport and Plates

Welcome our newest #GiveHope ambassador: Sally Elbassir from Passport and Plates

Welcome to our newest ambassador for our annual #GiveHope ambassador, Sally Elbassir from Passport and Plates. Sally, an Arab-American travel blogger.…

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Welcome our new Ambassador: Ainsley about the World

Welcome our new Ambassador: Ainsley about the World

We would like to extend a grand welcoming to our first in the series of many #GiveHope ambassador, Ainsley about…

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The University of Life

The University of Life

The bus from Beirut follows the coastal road south all the way to the town of Saida. If you are…

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How I fell in love with teaching through SB OverSeas

How I fell in love with teaching through SB OverSeas

Last summer, I quit my job and left for the Middle East to learn Arabic and volunteer. It wasn’t an…

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Volunteering with SB Overseas: how one smile can change the world

Volunteering with SB Overseas: how one smile can change the world

One fact about war Every morning, I read the news about armed conflicts worldwide. It is very hard to form…

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My experience with the children of Bukra Ahla

My experience with the children of Bukra Ahla

My experience as a teacher at Bukra Ahla can be described in three words: challenging, exciting and full of new…

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Between the school and the sea: a visit to the Shatila camp

Between the school and the sea: a visit to the Shatila camp

From the west-facing windows of SB Overseas' apartment for Lebanon volunteers in Beirut, you can survey the jumbled sprawl of…

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