The Changing Lives Programme took place between 14-28April, involving participating students in different activities and allowing them to experience living in the Middle East.
Highlights of the visit included two days at Jerash Gaza Camp, where Palestinian refugees from the Gaza Strip live. Students were introduced to the camp’s history by volunteers and were engaged in different activities, allowing them to interact with children and inhabitants of the camps. Feedback showed that the visit had strong impact on students.
Teodora Miscov, student on the Digital Media and Communication BA Honours course, said: “The children from the Jerash Gaza Camp became incredibly close to us, almost instantly creating a bond with us and accepting us within their community unconditionally.”
Participants in the programme also spent three days at Madrasati School in Balqa where they were involved in improving the school yards – they were outlining the football and basketball pitches, painting and decorating the walls as well as integrating with children by teaching English and playing sport games with them.
Zakariya Ahmed, student on the Psychology BSc Honours course, said: “The children in the class were again very engaging and delightful to work with, I remember being surprised by a child who shouted out the word ‘elegance’.”