Volunteer Spotlight: Imad
It can be nearly impossible to find native English speakers in Nablus but TYO's Internship Program helps fill the gap.
This Volunteer Spotlight features Imad Al-Sayeh. Imad is 21 years old, from Nablus, Palestine and a current volunteer at TYO.
How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in?
I have been a volunteer at TYO for five sessions now so about two years. I have participated in the interns' classes like creative thinking and drama. I have also been a part of the Core Program drama classes.
What do you study?
I study Accounting at Al-Quds Open University. It's my fourth and last year and I'm excited to graduate.
How did you hear about TYO?
I heard about the organization through some friends of mine. Many of them were going to volunteer together at this place called TYO. They encouraged me to come see what it was all about and here I am.
Why were you motivated to come?
I originally came to gain some personal skills that are essential in the work field. I hadn't had a job prior so I knew it would help me professionally. I also wanted to improve my English. It can be nearly impossible to find native English speakers in Nablus but TYO's Internship Program helps fill the gap. But in the end, I learned that I love volunteer work, and that's what keeps me coming back.
What was your favorite moment/class at TYO?
I liked the Creative Thinking with Clare. It was such a fun and active class filled with many projects.
What have you learned as a result of your time spent here?
Quite simply, I've acquired many new skills like problem solving, leadership skills and I've gained experience in dealing with children. I have learned about commitment, improved my English language and better appreciate the spirit of volunteering.
What is your hope for tomorrow's youth?
I hope tomorrow's youth will have the opportunity to come to places like TYO. I would love to see branches all over Palestine so that all kids may have a chance to participate.