It’s Friday night and I leave for Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) on Monday. This past week has been incredibly busy. In addition to cramming last minute Arabic vocabulary, choosing host family gifts, and packing my luggage, I was lucky to spend this week doing one of my favorite things: volunteering with refugees. Every summer, Interfaith Action … Continue reading A Rewarding Last Week in Austin… T-3 Days until my NSLI-Y Adventure!
~Based on an experience I had tutoring refugee children last week~ Amal* picked a book from the shelf. “What’s this book about?” the little girl questioned with wide eyes. “I am not sure yet, but we will find out!” I assured Amal, as I took a look at the title: Mommy Ant, Eat Your Vegetables, a 21st … Continue reading Shouldn’t we start thinking about this?
As I wrote earlier, I have been volunteering as a Youth ESL Tutor for refugee children with iACT, the Interfaith Action of Central Texas on Saturdays. Today, I was volunteering in their other location for the first time, and I expected the general routine: come in, help out the kids, take them outside for some … Continue reading A Happy Coincidence
Last Saturday was my first day of volunteering as a Youth ESL Tutor with iACT, or the Interfaith Action of Central Texas, an organization that helps refugees in Austin. I had a wonderful time, and I want to dedicate this post to my experience. I must admit, as the only high schooler in the group … Continue reading Volunteering with Refugees
I was overwhelmed by the wonderful response for my production, “Displaced”. It was truly gratifying to see how the Austin community came together to support this cause. We were able to raise about $6000, which will all go towards supporting refugee girls in our city! According to a GirlForward representative, this was one of their … Continue reading “Displaced”: Response
After nearly a month, the videos for “Displaced” are finally available! The production consists of the stories of five different child refugees from across the world. Each story includes a narration, followed by a dance piece, and concluded by a video clip. As you can see, the recording of the entire production is listed here, … Continue reading “Displaced” Videos
As many of you may know, it has nearly been a month since I staged “Displaced”, a production that conveys the global refugee crisis through the use of dance and storytelling. The idea for “Displaced” came from a school project called the Personal Project. This year-long endeavor required students to create a product on a … Continue reading “Displaced” 2017: A Journey