Collateral Repair Project accepts interns from every background, and walk of life. Interns support the organization in everything we do, from providing classes, to collecting data, and running our social media pages. They are an integral part of our mission in Amman, Jordan. And we’re proud to be working with them during their time here!
This Fall, as in the past, our interns hail from all over the world. From the United States to Australia, with roots everywhere in between. One of those interns, Muna Saleh; a grant-writer for CRP, has roots in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. She also volunteers at our kid’s club once a week. “I was born in Saudi Arabia, I lived there until the age of 7 years old, then my parents decided to move to the U.K. because there was better education. And because we weren’t Saudi, so opportunities were very limited for us. So, my dad gave up his job and everything, and we moved to the U.K.”
Muna originally studied to be a chemist, but after a university-funded trip to Jordan in 2013 to help with emergency relief. She realized helping refugees was her passion. “My bachelors of science was in chemistry, so it’s a world apart. And when I graduated from my university, I went straight into working in a lab and I didn’t like it. And I always had it in the back of my mind, I really enjoyed working with refugees. I think that’s kind of what I want to do.” Muna now has her masters in international development specializing in conflict and security. Her grant-writing allows CPR to apply for funds from agencies around the world.
Brooke Peacock is our volunteer coordination intern from Bundury, Australia. Brooke has a background in social work, and is currently working on her master’s degree in international development. Before joining CRP, Brooke worked with refugees on the island of Nauru in the South Pacific. “As a case manager you’re kind of a go to person for anything, so supporting medical appointments, supporting like mental health, just kind of with the client constantly.” Her extensive experience helping refugees off the coast of Australia, keeps our 40 volunteers organized and on track.
CRP’s communications department will be working with Aaron Weintraub this fall. Aaron is from Austin, Texas and has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Arabic Studies. He first started with CRP last summer helping teach educational classes for children. “We taught them like little vocab words. We did like specialty lessons, we did the planets one day, then we had one on the colors.” He was adamant about the work CRP does in the community, “They’re so specialized in the Hashemi neighborhood, everyone in Hashemi knows who they are.” Said Aaron, “The people in this area, they are very aware of the change that CRP is able to bring.”
Another addition to our team, Amanda Abunimeh, knows first-hand the potential of refugees. Her grandparents fled Palestine in 1948. “Both sides of my family were originally from Palestine, but both of my grandmothers were Palestinian refugees after 1948.” Amanda said, “And I guess you could consider at one time both sides of my family were taking refuge in Jordan and Kuwait.” Amanda helps run our data analytics, which maximizes our efficiency to distribute aid to beneficiaries. She hails from California, and has a degree from UCLA.
If you would like to know more about our volunteer and internship opportunities, visit our “How You Can Help” page.