TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?
A TYO internship is an unbeatable opportunity to learn about the world, and about yourself, while contributing in a tangible way to improving a community in need.
From Elm Grove, WI Alex taught Photography and Advanced IT as part of the Women's Group, Staff English, Soccer Club and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2013.
What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?
There were many amazing moments and stories, but I'll never forget the looks on the faces of the women in my photography class when I handed out cameras for the first time and let them take photos around TYO. We had spent the first few class sessions discussing photography techniques and concepts, and they were thrilled to finally take photos. By the end of the day, I had been approached by almost every student in the class, each woman beaming and proudly showing off her photos. That was an incredible moment.
What do you miss most about Nablus?
I most miss the sense of community. As soon as I arrived in Nablus, I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself, something important and meaningful. Every day at TYO, you're making a direct, positive impact on the lives of a wonderful group of women, children, and young people. It's rare to find a place like that, where every moment and action is in the service of a cause that really matters.
What have you been up to after leaving Nablus and what are your plans for the future?
I'm currently a student in the MA program in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London. Next year, I'll be completing another degree in International Relations in the UK.
How do you think TYO affected you personally and professionally?
Interning at TYO cemented my conviction to work in public service, and specifically in the Middle East. I had spent time working and living abroad before, but the Internship Program showed me the long-term impact that an organization like TYO can make on the daily lives of a huge number of people. Professionally, TYO gave me the skills, experience and confidence to pursue service work on behalf of others; personally, it instilled in me the belief that such work is not only important but also rewarding and necessary.
Do you have any advice for anyone considering applying for a TYO internship?
A TYO internship is an unbeatable opportunity to learn about the world, and about yourself, while contributing in a tangible way to improving a community in need. If you're the kind of person who is even remotely interested in TYO and its mission, I would urge you to apply.