Welcoming Our Spring 2017 Interns!

International Interns Haya, Niamh, Samantha, and Connor.

International Interns Haya, Niamh, Samantha, and Connor.

Introducing the Spring 2017 Intern team! 4 international interns from the United States and Ireland have been selected to lead a variety of classes with children, youth, and women. Read all about them!


Haya is from the United States of America and has lived in Houston, Texas since the age of 3. Haya graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History with minors in Psychology and Health from the University of Houston. She also has worked in the nonprofit sector at an international branch of the YMCA serving as a refugee resettlement agency. Haya hopes to obtain a graduate degree in Social Work, bringing her varied interests and experiences together to work directly with individuals in a clinical setting as a trauma worker. Her hobbies and interests include reading, writing, the arts, trying new food and cuisines, traveling, languages, and learning about other cultures. She enjoys connecting with individuals and really looks forward to meeting everyone and the Nablus community and learning how she can be of service during her 3 months in Nablus.


Niamh grew up in the west of Ireland. She moved to Dublin to complete an undergraduate degree in Medical Research and obtained a Master's degree in Humanitarian Action in the Netherlands. Niamh became interested in Palestine at the age of 16 when she traveled to the area to attend a summer course on conflict resolution. The community-focused approach that TYO takes towards its work and the love and appreciation that is felt by local people really drew her towards TYO. She is excited to be a part of such a positive environment. She is really looking forward to learning as much as possible about the people of Nablus, the organization, doing some good work, and having a bit of fun in the process.


Samantha grew up in many places in the United States America, but currently calls Niceville, Florida home.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from New College of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies. Samantha’s desire to work in youth development began in 2009 when she started working for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).  She has been working for the YMCA in a mostly camp and outdoor center setting and brings a lot of enthusiasm, energy, and positivity to TYO. Her desire to work in long-term youth and community development, combined with my degree in Middle Eastern Studies, led her to TYO.   She can’t wait for this amazing opportunity!


Connor grew up in the United States and has a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies, with specific emphasis on water conservation policy. After college she spent time as an ESL teacher and working in the humanitarian field in various countries focusing on women’s empowerment programs and psychosocial support. She is excited to be a part of this team and to begin volunteering for TYO!

Welcome to TYO!