How Time Flies

Teaching my music class to 11-13 year old children was undoubtedly the highlight of my day during my time at TYO. It was amazing to get to spend time with such a wonderful group of children and I felt privileged that they let me into their lives. Over the course of the session, I began to see subtle changes in my students' understanding of concepts and feelings about themselves. From a shy girl who now feels completely comfortable singing songs, to the boys in my class who can now sit and listen for just a little bit more time then they could before. Even though the changes are small and happen slowly, they are undoubtedly there. Though class was at times quite challenging, this difficulty lead to my personal growth as I learnt new techniques for dealing with complex classroom situations. It was also rewarding to see lesson I had spent hours planning and preparing come to fruition though the smiles on children’s faces. TYO intern Cynthia and Translator Sara complement Mohammad on his wind chime

That being said, there was much more to my days then just the kids classes. I also had the opportunity to interact, share and laugh with the woman in my fitness class and the students enrolled in my English language course at the local university. It was an educational experience for both them and I, and I truly feel that we learnt a lot from each other. Add to this getting to everyday interact, work with and learn from the amazing staff of TYO and you have the recipe for an amazing experience.

Ibrahim and Ala' sit and colour. They are excited for class to start

I’m sad to leave TYO, as it represents the end of something truly unique.  However, I know that when I leave, a new batch of interns will be able to start this amazing journey and that they are in for a fantastic ride. I’m excited to see what the future hold for me, but I also know that my brief time in Nablus will always hold a special place in my heart.

- Cynthia

Cynthia is a Fall 2013 Intern at TYO in Nablus