Middle East Encounter

A journey to Love, Serve, and Listen to our Syrian neighbors in refugee camps in Lebanon, while exploring the remarkable beauty and history of Lebanon.

The frequent, unimaginable violence raging in Syria has left many of our neighbors scattered throughout the Middle East seeking safety as refugees.  In neighboring Lebanon, over 1.5 million Syrian Refugees have found a place offering them that much needed safety. 

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As you can imagine, with this forced, mass exodus, many groups have risen to the challenge of trying to meet immediate and long term needs of their new Syrian neighbors.  Their work is difficult but their passion and drive to Love others is…winning.  This encounter provides the opportunity to spend one week+ volunteering alongside one of these remarkable organizations in a Syrian Refugee camp. While volunterring, you will get a first-hand glimpse into what life is like for many of our Syrian neighbors. 

Our primary responsibilites include volunteeering along side teachers and staff who are also Syrian refugees and passionatley remaking the future of Syria one student at a time.  As you will discover, these men and woman are heroes, determined not to lose an entire generation to war.  

To be a volunteer, you do not need to be a teacher or speak arabic.  Regardless of your skill set, you will have a significant impact on the work at the schools and on this team, which we will discuss more following reciept of your applicaiton. 

In addition, we will be there to learn about Lebanon and support their economy, considering the significant number of Syrian refugees they have welcomed into their country.  This includes spending 1 or 2 days in Beirut, experincing the city life and at least 1 'tourist day' depending on the encounter dates you participate in.  The summer program will likely have 2 opportunities to visit tourist sites.  

Pricing estimates will be as follows, and includes all in country costs, but are subject to change as indicated on the Trip Info Sheet you receive upon request:  $1700 + airfare ($500 deposit + airfare *before the trip + bring $1200 for costs while in Lebanon)

Upcoming Trip Dates:

October 23rd-November 3rd, 2017 Jordan (FULL)

March 10th-22nd, 2018 to Lebanon (FULL)

July 31st - August 12th, 2018 to Lebanon (FULL) 

March 11th - 22nd, 2019 to Lebanon (FULL) 

March 15th - 25th 2019 (OPEN)

If you would like to learn more about our Middle East Encounter please 1) Sign-UP your email below and 2) email Rich at Rich@thenations-dsm.org and 3) send Rich a Facebook friend request HERE and you will be a sent a Trip Info Sheet (includes estimated costs) and an Application and Reference Form.  

-Rich & Sheri Faye Rosendahl