For me, volunteering with Karama was unforgettable!
In the beginning, it was somewhat chaotic and it took me some days to find my ways there, but the longer I stayed, the more I appreciated and highly respected the spirit, the philosophy and the amazing work of the NGO, working under a situation of occupation - in difficult circumstances.
The evenings, I spent with my host family, that made me feel like part of the family. All the cousins, nephews, aunts, uncles, neighbours... came in and out, so I got to know the whole street during my two-months stay, and I was sad to say goodbye to them when it was time to leave Deheishe... It was amazing to get to know and to feel the warmth of society in Deheishe, this is something I won't forget.
I am so grateful for everything I experienced and learned there, both in Karama as in my family - about the world, about Palestine and the occupation, about politics et cetera but probably even much more about the important things in life, such as friendship.
If you are looking for a fun and relaxed working atmosphere, try another NGO, but if you want to learn, if you are ambitious and with strong personality, I can highly recommend Karama, you will come back as another person! You can decide yourself on what you want to work on with the children - and don't be suprised if you learn more from them than they from you! Exchange and you will enjoy the experience!