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July 29, 2009

Tomorrow's Youth Organization - Internship Opportunities

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is an American non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members. We are recruiting highly qualified and motivated interns to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Fall programs (late Sept. – mid-December), with the possibility of extending the internship for Spring programs as well.

The primary requirements for the position are:
- Enthusiasm for and dedication to work with children, youth, and community members;
- Maturity, flexibility, initiative and perseverance given the challenging nature of daily life in Nablus;
- Commitment to TYO’s non-political, non-religious approach; and
- Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.

Graduate students, young professionals and/or undergraduates with significant professional experience and maturity are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience (academic and/or professional) in the areas below:
- psychosocial rehabilitation (trained psychologists, counselors, etc)
- English as a Second Language (for all ages)
- Museum exhibit curation
- arts, drama, dance, particularly when used as therapy
- journalism
o teaching journalism for any media (ie print, radio/tv, electronic, etc)
o documentary film production and editing
o grant writing, social media
- Levantine Arabic speakers (preferred but translators will be provided)

Interns will work full-time in cooperation with TYO local and international staff. The interns will develop and lead a variety of after-school activities for children, youth, and adults from the Nablus community. These may include ½ day classes for children and
youth from refugee camps and other disadvantaged areas of the city, evening English classes, and weekend recreational activities. Also, there are opportunities to collaborate on other grant-funded projects in the areas of literacy, photography/painting, and microfinance projects for women.

There is NO salary for the Fall internship positions, although a small living stipend will be considered for a possible 2 semester/year long commitment. Interns WILL be provided
with the following:
- private bedroom with shared bath in an apartment-style dormitory
- board (generally consisting of breakfast, lunch and at least 3 dinners/week)
- on-site Arabic lessons from local professor at Arab American University in Jenin
- 2 overnight outings/weekends in the region

Interested candidates should send:
- resume
- answers to the 6 questions below (100 words each)
- 2 reference names, with phone and email contact information
- (optional) a letter of motivation presenting any other information if you think it is essential to your application

TO: robyn@tomorrowsyouth.org no later than August 12th, 2009.

Application & Fall Internship Timeline:
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for phone/skype interview and/or in-person interview on the East Coast beginning mid-August – early September
- Selected interns should plan to arrive in Nablus around September 27-29
- Orientation begins September 30 – October 10
- Fall progams begin October 11
- Fall programs end mid-December

Please answer the following questions (100 words or less for each):
1) How did you hear about this opportunity?
2) What do you know about Nablus? The West Bank? (Be honest – we don’t want a Wikipedia entry, only to know more about your connection with the area)
3) What do you feel would be your greatest asset to TYO?
4) Have you ever lived where you work, or lived with people you work with? If so, please explain your likes and dislikes in the situation, and why.
5) Give an example of a project that you developed, facilitated, and evaluated without much supervision. What was your favorite aspect of the project? What did you find was the most challenging?
6) Give an example of a challenging cross-cultural situation you were involved in (when, where, what, why), and how you dealt with the situation (for better or worse!)

Visit www.tomorrowsyouth.org for more information.

Posted by kpfister at July 29, 2009 12:53 PM

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