1/2 Arabic Classes + 1/2 Internship in Palestine

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La Casa Learning Center has paired up with various institutions in Hebron to offer a special program devoted to learning Arabic and providing internship opportunities. Internship work will include duties in the area of development, international relations and human rights. This program offers Arabic classes structured around your work day. Program length and start/end dates are flexible.

This program is designed to allow you to gain valuable Arabic language skills plus gain experience in development, human rights and international relations work. Partners in this program include The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism, Bani Na'im Municipality, Hebron University, Women of Hebron (NGO), Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, Social Rehabilitation Society (Al Fawwar) and 6 other partners.

At the completion of the program participants will gain a certificate for completion of beginner, intermediate or advanced level Arabic course and a letter of recommendation by the internship supervisor.

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Jon
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1/2 arabic, 1/2 internship

I completed the 1/2 arabic, 1/2 internship programme for three months. I chose this because I wanted to learn Arabic and to gain some work experience in the region before continuing with Middle Eastern studies next year. It was an incredible experience that offered me many opportunities to challenge and develop myself daily according to my interests and goals.

The Arabic:
I had one-one lessons throughout the week with an excellent teacher (Aseel). The regular contact was essential to developing my learning process from a complete beginner in Arabic, and there was pleanty of flexibility in working out a timetable for me.

The internship:
I worked with the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC), a fantastic organisation that does very important and front-line work in the Old City of Hebron. There are many different areas of work with the HRC including legal matters, human rights, and development research.
My work was varied and allowed me to develop skills in: proposal writing, research, editing, trasncribing, and website design. I also got to attend many important cultural events and meetings.

Hebron:
During my time in Palestine, I got to see much of the West Bank and visit most of the major towns and villages, all of which are very beautiful and have much to offer. However, after visiting other places, I was glad that I spent my time living in Hebron; the welcoming and warmth of the people is unparalleled, it is relatively off the beaten track of tourism, and the presence of the Israeli occupation and settlers are at their most visible here. The city has beautiful history and architecture and as the economic hub of Palestine there are endless amounts of shops selling literally everything you could ever need.

Safety:
I never felt any issue over my safety, on the contrary people often went above and beyond to look out for me. I frequently walked alone at night and always felt comfortable. A foreign passport and western look also affords you safety when crossing checkpoints and encountering Israeli military.

Accommodation:
I stayed in the guesthouse. It is a beautiful Mamluk-era (i think) building, with pleanty of living space and recreational space (garden, rooftop, balcony). The house is in the Old City and is in the best location I know of (compared with the few other hostels and hotels in Hebron). Here you will get to know the local community, activists, and occassionally some other travellers coming through.

Overall I can sum my experience as incredibly stimulating for work and learning, socially demanding, and immersful into the Hebron daily life. I walked away having experienced and learnt much about the beautiful country and culture of Palestine as well as experiencing the history and struggles of the occupation.

How can this program be improved?
This programme is really what you make of it. There are endless opportunities for working with people and different projects thanks to the links between La Casa and the wider community of Hebron.
Yes, I recommend

About La Casa Learning Center

La Casa Learning Center is an educational center located in the heart of Hebron, Palestine. By lifting up, strengthening, and educating individuals we empower them to see beyond their immediate circumstances, dreaming big dreams and growing up to...