originally from Newcastle, England, but now I live and study history at university in
Glasgow, Scotland. In September I will move on to study my Masters’ degree in Modern
I first saw the Excellence Center’s website after searching Google for opportunities to
volunteer in Palestine. The website impressed me and I decided that I would spend my
summer here in Palestine.
I chose become to Palestine because I believe that in the U.K. – and the West in general –
most people have the wrong impression about the country and the region. When I first told
some of my friends and family that I wanted to go to Palestine, they told me that it was
dangerous. I wanted to prove that they were wrong, and that the Palestinian people are
welcoming and friendly.
Another reason I chose Palestine is because of the rich history of the region, from
thousands of years ago until today. I sympathise with the Palestinian people due to the
difficult political conditions under which they must live, and wish to help them in any way I
I know the best way I can help is to teach English. I have previous experience teaching
English in Cambodia and Spain, and I know how useful and valuable my native language
can be to those who wish to learn it.
I hope both myself and my students will benefit from my time here – that I will improve their
English skills and I will learn a lot about the language and culture of Palestine”.