TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?
I forged many meaningful friendships that I hope to cultivate many years to come.
A Miami, FL native, Claudia taught Drama, Women's Fitness and Staff English as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2012.
What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?
It's difficult to narrow down all the memories to a single favorite, but there's one that always brings a smile to my face and that's the memory of Color Games. I'm particularly fond of that day because it was the happiest I ever saw my kids. They left the center chanting our team name... and because of all the hugs I received.
What do you miss most about TYO or Nablus?
I miss the moms breaking out to dance parties and coming up with outrageous tales about how they were incapable of working out that day. I miss the kids coming early to class and asking to play hangman. And I miss winding down the day with my fellow interns. Oh, and I miss going down the hill in Muneer's cab and yelling "whhhheeee."
What have you been up to after leaving Nablus and what are your plans for the future?
I'm currently a program assistant at the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), working to address structural racism via grantmaking.
How do you think TYO affected you personally and professionally?
Definitely. I forged many meaningful friendships that I hope to cultivate many years to come.
Do you have any advice for anyone considering applying for a TYO internship?
Yes! Explore Nablus, leave the comforts of the TYO Center and discover the hidden charms that the city has to offer (they are there, I promise).