Four weeks used to seem like a long time

Faculty of Social Sciences
From the Field

By Elham

Student, International Development and Globalization

Map of the world
“Four weeks used to seem like a long time, however, I think these have been the fastest four weeks I have ever experienced.”

Elham, International Development and Globalization, Alternatives, Palestine, Teacher Creativity Center

That being said, these weeks have been very educational, eye opening, and an opportunity everyone can experience.

I am fortunate enough to be able to work with Alternatives and Teacher Creativity Center in Palestine this summer. Teacher Creativity Center works is based in Palestine and works to empower teachers and improve the educational environment and develop the tools the teachers need to be able to help students with the psychological impact the occupation has caused them. It also strives to involve the youth in the public policies by reinforcing their capacities as youth and claiming their rights. My task, along with my partner, is to write a research paper looking at educational movements and how that could be implemented in Palestine, keeping in mind the political, social, and economic aspect of the country. I am still getting used to everything, however, the classes that I attended during my four years of International Development, such as politics, economics, development theories, etc. have really helped me in the internship.

COVID has changed many things, and doing an internship is no different. On the one hand, doing an online internship feels like you’re missing out on a lot in terms of experiencing different cultures and countries. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have been able to have this chance if it had not been for the existence of online internships. I am not saying that it is not difficult, because it is, especially with the time difference, but there are many benefits to it and with technology, there are so many different ways to be connected with both the host organization and the Canadian NGO.

Overall I have been enjoying my time so far with TCC and have learned so many different things that further opened my eyes to the world. I look forward to what else I can learn from this amazing opportunity.