Douaa Handam took part in the second semester of ULYP’s Skills4Life, funded by the European Union. We asked her to tell us about her experience:
Since day one, I felt the excitement I was going to have about meeting new teachers that come from different countries or cultures and being in an amazing place with a wonderful view. Skills4Life was an amazing experience for me: I was actually waiting every Friday to come so I can take a break from my daily routine. School used to be that boring place I went to just to pass exams and get my certificates. I didn’t enjoy it at all… But the whole idea changed when my school marks started improving, especially in English, where I learned the important basics one should always remember, like verb tenses, prepositions, writing and reading skills.
By getting our school teachers motivated to come to the campus too, I started liking school even more because my relationship with them changed. And the Skills4Life teachers were more than amazing: they were all kind and friendly. They didn’t make us feel that it was just any school and that we were forced to be here. Learning with them had become something fun. On top of that, I enjoyed the art, drama and music classes we used to have. I also learned a lot from INJAZ’s sessions about personal economy and managing my future. I finally knew my future plan, who I was, who I wanted to be! The conflict resolution class my classmates and I took was also a life-changing experience. Personally, I had a few problems with my father, which caused me to fall into depression. However, I learned how to have the courage to stand on a bench and talk in front of students and teachers I didn’t know about what I like and hate with a loud voice!
My classmates and I had to make a project for the benefit of our society and I got to prove myself by presenting it in front of three judges in a real competition. It was my first time presenting and it was fascinating and exciting. My team’s project was “Solar House Mate”, a company that sold solar panels which gave heat and warmed water for houses.
We did this to win a real internship in a real company and that’s what I am doing: I have an internship at ULYP. I go to the campus to help the teachers in art and drama classes, and help in the office. By going through the many tasks, even if they are hard or boring, I learned how to NOT nag and moan, to be patient and fit the business world, to not be afraid to ask for help, how to listen, give my opinion politely, respect time and thought. It also taught me how to use Microsoft Office, which was really important to me. Thanks to Skills4LIfe I finally know what major I want to get into at university. I am going to study political science and journalism, which will help me fight for what I believe in, for my homeland Palestine, not with a weapon but with a pen!
It was an amazing experience that I will never be able to forget. The programs, the teachers, the sessions… everything was literally perfect. So I want to thank the Skills4Life team for their great effort. And I wish that when I finish my internship, I will be able to come back to continue my journey with them…