This Fall CRP has welcomed many new interns—so many in fact that on some days it’s hard to find an office place for everyone. A mix of Jordanian, American, and European graduates and young professionals started last month dedicating their time in Amman supporting CRP running smoothly through its daily tasks.
Dunya is originally from Amman and got involved in refugee support during her high school years. “Ever since we first started receiving Iraqi refugees in Jordan I was heavily involved in helping out, like setting up different fundraisers with friends or giving out canned food in winter. I was interested in helping out, because it always gave me a good feeling at the end of the day, knowing that I was able to even for a couple of minutes make someone’s day a bit brighter,” she says. After studying Film and TV production and quitting a job in editing, she wanted to do something more closely related to what she learned in university. Dunya took on the internship position and now produces videos of CRP’s different activities. The job combines, as she says, the opportunities to improve her filming and editing skills as well as working “at the right place.”
“I like that you are not locked away in some office but very close to the community at CRP,” says Chanah who is originally from the US and came to Jordan to study Arabic. She decided to take on the internship in order to gain new skills while volunteering her time, and now communicates with CRP’s donors. In addition to her internship she also gives English classes, an experience more directly in interaction with beneficiaries which she enjoys very much—especially the laughter and funny conversations that form part of it.
Leah is here as part of a scholarship program allowing young US graduates to spend one year in a humanitarian organisation in the Middle East. She wants to use her data analytics skills in order to help humanitarian work, and hopes collecting and analyzing data about beneficiaries helps improving CRP’s programs. In light of an increasing hostile public opinion against refugees in the US Leah says she “hopes to learn from her experience in Jordan about how to create a more welcoming environment for refugees.” This motivation is also shared by Matt from Vancouver, who joined CRP through the same program as Leah: “I hope that I can take a lot of what I learn here back to Canada when I return next year and better assist refugees who are living in Canada as well.” One thing he already learned, which he was not aware of, is the sheer scale of refugees living in Jordan, and how few get resettled to other states. With a background in business, Matt supports CRP running financially through writing proposals for donor grants. Big thanks to MCC for finding us both Leah and Matt!
Marion and Moritz came together from Austria to Jordan in September and started supporting the grant writing and communication department. They both hope to improve their Arabic skills spending one year in Amman. Marion already worked in refugee support back in Austria, and said she wanted to stay in the region where most of the refugees are from in order to learn more about their experiences in displacement. Moritz can normally be spotted with his camera around his shoulder, seeking for the different personal stories the CRP community contains while using the Arabic he learned through years of studying back in Vienna. “At CRP I gain knowledge about the organizational structure but also get to talk to the beneficiaries and hear their stories—a combination I really like,” he says.
Born and raised in Amman, Faisal has lived abroad for over 10 years, experiencing “how disorienting it can be to live in a new place.” This feeling, he says, motivates him to support a center like CRP in giving guidance and help newcomers establish a new life in Amman. “Helping reduce the struggle that being in a foreign country entails is something I find very rewarding,” he says. In his internship, he will help guide the organization’s marketing, and so far only had positive experiences at CRP: “Even after being here for only one day you can really see how everyone is so welcoming”.
Jokingly referring to herself as “interns’ CEO” as she’s having her own office apart from the others’ intern rooms, Farah is assists with monitoring, evaluation and learning at CRP. After her studies in engineering, she was looking for a paid job but liked the work at CRP so much that she preferred her intern position over a job in engineering. “I like how community driven CRP is and how it really responds to the needs of the people rather than imposing own ideas. ” At the moment she is busy surveying beneficiaries and finding out what they think about programs and what they wish for in the future. One interesting finding of her last survey among women taking part in the Hope Workshop? Some were asking for driving lessons! “There is always something unexpected coming out from my discussions; it’s really interesting,” laughs Farah.
We’ll be looking for more interns to start in January and stay through the end of April. Could that be you? Find out more here.