Volunteering in Jordan

A Peacemaking Project by Tilly G.

What is the injustice we are solving?

My project will solve the injustice of the inaccessibility of high class education in Jordan for individuals from lower income families. An education at Jordan’s top tier international schools requires youngsters to have an understanding of the English language. This creates a barrier to entry for local low-income individuals who do not have access to English language resources and teachers. I will be teaching English at the Summer Enrichment Program this year at King’s Academy Jordan.This program is for Jordanian students from underprivileged areas. The aim of this program is to improve the students’ English and in turn increase their chances of pursuing an education at King’s. This project has the potential to change the life trajectory of low-income individuals by providing them with a solid education and language skills that will be invaluable to them throughout their personal and working lives.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of a lack of access to a high quality education for low-income students in Jordan
we will address the limited educational resources and facilities presented to these students
by hosting a Summer Enrichment Program in Jordan for low-income students to learn English.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Help students feel more comfortable speaking English in a classroom setting
  • Improve students’ comprehension of the English language
  • Teach students about the environment and nature
  • Expand students’ knowledge about the life cycles in nature and the species that live in it

We will increase my / our compassion by...

1. Actively listening to the stories and experiences of the students 2. Sharing our own stories so that we may relate with the students 3. Trying to be respectful and understanding of other cultures

How will you show courage?

We will show courage by: 1. Not being afraid of being misunderstood 2. Willing to admit when we are wrong

How will you collaborate with others?

We will collaborate with others by: 1. Sharing our lesson plans with other teachers and collectively improve them 2. Making activities in the classroom so that both teachers and students can work together 3. Transforming the classroom into a community

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We will know we are moving in the right direction by: 1. Seeing how the students improve their English 2. Seeing students become passionate about the course subjects

Key Steps

Comments:

Amani A. Peace First Staff
11 June 2018 12:45

Dear Tilly,

Thank you for sharing the idea of your project and being passionate about helping Jordanian students from underprivileged areas with the English language! We reviewed your mini-grant application and evaluated your project, unfortunately, we were not able to approve the mini-grant. However, don’t give up! I would encourage you to seek other organizations to support you financially.

As a quick reminder, the mini-grants are intended for you and your team to get started on your peacemaking journey so can complete projects within the next three months. Through the application, you must be able to demonstrate how the project is a peacemaking project (uses courage, compassion, and collaboration) and that you can realistically complete the elements of the project you are asking for funding for within the given timeline.

Feedback:
As I shared with you before, I liked the idea of supporting young people with the English language as it will help them to attain better opportunities in the future. However, I would clarify that we support a peacemaking project that created by the young people themselves; they need to come up with the idea of their project and the solution. It was very clear from the information you have shared that you will be joining an existed project that's run by King’s Academy.

Thank you again for being a peacemaker. We would love to support a project that's created and run by you!

Please let us know if you have a question or if you need any further clarification.  

Tilly G.
8 June 2018 17:01

Dear Amani,

The 3-week program is run by King's Academy Jordan, it is an outreach program that they have. The name of the program is King's Academy's Summer Enrichment Program. Yes, Eliana will be volunteering to be a part of this program as a Volunteer Teacher. The costs of the program for the students are fully covered by King's Academy.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Kind regards

Tilly  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
8 June 2018 16:02

Dear Tilly,
Thank you so much for the clarification; That was very helpful and I am eager to learn more about your project. Please help me understand it better :)
How did you get in creating this 3-week program? Is it a program run by the JME or UNRWA? What's the name of this program? It sounds an existing program in Jordan and you are volunteering to be part of it, right? Who is covering the whole costs for the students?

Thanks again for the clarification and please let me know how can I help you.  

Eliana L.
4 June 2018 20:09

Hi Omar,

The application for teachers is now closed but you can apply for next summer some time around December. You can go on the King's Academy website and fill out the application directly online. As a teacher, you will develop lesson plans and have a class book centered around a theme (this year the theme is the environment). You also chaperone the students throughout the day, since you will be staying in the boarding school. The goal is to help the students improve their English proficiency so that they may pass the entrance exam to King's Academy.

Let me know if you have any questions!  

Tilly G.
4 June 2018 10:19

Hello Amani,

Thank you for reaching out!

The students that will attend the 3-week program are nominated either by the Jordanian Ministry of Education or by a UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) school.

The 3-week program is residential and the students will live at King’s Academy for the duration of the programme with room and board included for free. All costs for the students are covered, including transport to and from the program. The students do not pay anything to participate.

If the students are successful in passing the King’s entrance exams they would receive financial aid and do not pay to attend the school.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any more questions.

Kind regards,

Tilly
 

Amani A. Peace First Staff
31 May 2018 17:01

Welcome to Peace First Community, Tilly! Thanks for sharing the idea of your project.

I have quick questions as I am reviewing your mini-grant request; I noticed that you want to teach English to Jordanian students from underprivileged areas and you want to conduct that at King’s Academy Jordan. This is a great idea and we really need to support young people with the English language as it will help them to attain better opportunities in the future. We want to help you improve your project more, achieve the goal of your project, and even take it to the next level. Please take my questions as a chance to improve the project or to look at the issue from a different perspective.

How will you be able to reach out to these students and make sure that they will come to King’s Academy Jordan for the English sessions?

Also, if the students who are supposed to attend the English sessions are from low-income families - do you think that they will be able to travel from their underprivileged areas to King’s Academy Jordan?

I have no doubt that the English language is a great asset, especially, when young people want to seek an advanced and free opportunity. I am wondering how the English language will help them to get in King’s Academy Jordan when the Tuition range between $26,600 - $42,000?

I am sure you thought about the above questions and it would be great to know your answers because this will make the project more clear to other Peace First members.

Please let me know how can I help you.  

OMAR A.
27 May 2018 0:21

Hello Tilly,

I am very enthusiastic about your project, but I want to know more about the volunteering process and how can I volunteer.

Thanks,
 

Brennan L.
22 May 2018 19:34

Hi Tilly,

I'm excited to learn more about this project! It's so great that you're passionate about peacemaking. Can you share some more information about your ideas and what injustice you would like to focus on? I'm curious to learn more about your connection to Jordan.

Our toolkit a great resource to look into for getting started: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/peacemaker-manual

Let me know if there's anything else we can do to support your work!

Best,
Brennan