I am Lisa, a 22 years old girl from France. I am currently studying Politics and International Relations in France. I arrived in Palestine two weeks ago, in order to work in Karama organization. I was really interested in participating to an interesting and constructive project during my free time, as well as to learn more about Palestine culture and issues. That’s how I started to look for a volunteering in Cisjordanie, and found Karama website. I have been immediately convinced by the projects of the organization. Volunteering in this organization is a perfect mixture between working in a constructive project and having the opportunity to discover by myself what could be a daily life under occupation.
I arrived in Karama two weeks ago. After having spent few days in my host family, I finally met the Karama team and the children of the center. I have to admit that first days were quite confusing, especially because you can sometimes feel little lost if you don’t speak Arabic. But after one week, you find a way to interact and exchange with them, and each day it is getting better.
Concerning my work in Karama, my time is divided between French translation of Karama website and French classes with different children groups. So far my volunteering here is a great experience. I met people so warm and kindly, always happy to makes you discover their culture. Being in a host family is also a very good way to learn more about Palestinian culture. They really share with you so much, while the situation here still really complicated!
Finally, I just can say that being in Deheishe camp is really rewarding, even much more than I expected. You have to be open-minded and flexible, but once you get that, your experience in Palestine can be wonderful.