Local Volunteers Impressions 2003
Summer work camps were the best experience I ever had to go
through, those people changed a lot in me; they have helped me to
open a new horizon in my soul to the other nations.
I used to
think that the distorting media in the west and the over speedy
life there isolated everyone and smashed every beautiful feeling
any human can have, but you proved to me how much wrong I was,
give those people any space of time and they will prove to you how
human they are.
thank you so much, thank you for being here even for that small
period of time, your presence here meant a lot to us, to know that
there is somebody who shares our suffering even with his or her
feeling, provides us with more hope to think that tomorrow may be
better than today.
I am pleased to say
that my participation in this camp was one of the most important
I am really happy
because of this participation, I got to know many people who stand
with the Palestinian people and I knew the way that they think
about us and at the end of the camp, I noticed that many things
had been changed in their minds.
We are human like all
the humans and we have the right of being and the right to exist
on our land.
I enjoyed many of
things in this camp, I enjoyed our voluntary work in the park and
I enjoyed our voluntary work in the old city and in every place.
I also enjoyed the
cultural theme of the camp and I enjoyed all the workshops about
the Middle East and the other issues.
And I really gained a
lot from the German lessons and the history of Germany which the
German volunteers presented to us.
There is a great effect
of my participation in this activity, I knew a lot of good local
volunteers and now we are good friends, and the greatest impact of
this camp was the visits of the refugee camps which testified to
me a lot of things which I didnít know before.
It was so hard to get
back to my normal life after the work camp, I got used to its
atmosphere, and it was carved in my memory. I began making some
work in my home garden and I imagined myself between the
internationals and local volunteers working with me.
It was the greatest
memory in my life and I will never forget this memory because it
is placed in my heart and I will never forget it.
I don't know
exactly what to write but being part of the work camps was a
really great experience, beside meeting some really nice people I
had the opportunity to get to see parts of my city that I don't
see everyday; like the refugee camps, although we live in the same
city but I only visited refugee camps few times in the past, which
made me think more often about our Palestinian issue and made me
more determined to give my country and people all my best and try
to help in anyway I can.
That's why I
want to continue volunteering with Zajel Youth Exchange Program, I
really felt proud of myself after these camps.
everyday with the international volunteers impressed me so much, I
didn't think that they would be so understanding and so kind as
they were, their sympathy touched me deeply, specially their
speech on our last day, it showed how much they were affected by
the reality of the situation in Palestine
I felt that finally Palestinians aren't alone in the world and
that there are some people who still care, and that when we shout
our voice is heard
beginning of the camp, I had no idea about it, and what will we do
actually, although I have attended all the preparation meetings.
from the first minute, everything went smoothly, people
where great and open-minded.
We had many conversations in many wide subjects; politics,
women, conflicts throughout the entire world and of course the
conversations showed the different ideas that these people from
different backgrounds and nationalities have about Palestine and
added a lot to my life, like trust in people, and I could gain
better understanding of the different points of view.
one of the guys who really affected me with his thoughts and
words. Even though he's just 16 years old, he showed us with his
pure feeling that he wants to do something, his feeling led him to
know that something must be done, there's something wrong. Also,
when we were working in the Park, Yuri saw a funeral passing
beside the Park for 2 kids. She cried painfully.
And of course
I can't forget Kim the good young woman I've ever met, with
her open-mind and great sensitive feelings. She became a great
I don't mean
that they were the only guys whom I remember, but through their
acts, they gave us a sense of innocence.
I don't want
to thank you because of your feelings and solidarity but because
you were all good friends, starting from the camp leader to the
youngest volunteer, I learned many things from you all, Sierio,
Kim, Jehan, Craig, Tilman, Diego, Charles,Safa2, Yuri ,Mitch,
Hussam and all of you guys.
About my expression of
July's camp in which we spent a very nice time, not only having
fun, but also got good benefits which we added to our experiences.
There were new things
to know and learn, new ideas to create a new world, different
people from many different nationalities, different languages, and
different ideas and belief. This all helped to make the exchange
We discovered new
places in our city Nablus. We also visited many historical,
educational, and social places and organizations, such as the old
city buildings and how they were affected by the Israeli
invasion of April 2002.
It was also good to be
able to be responsible for doing something during the work camp,
such as preparing food for all the volunteers or take care of the
accommodation as well as the voluntary work itself.