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About to leave the country!

Posted by on June 11, 2013

So I’m sitting in the airport in a random terminal in LAX getting ready for the next part of my trip to Lebanon. I just finished the first of four flights to get from my home, Honolulu, to Beirut. I’ve never been outside of the country so I’m really excited for this opportunity to go to the other side of the world and work with the kids there! For my group’s DukeEngage Project, we will be working with Palestinian refugees and Lebanese kids in high school. We will be teaching them about the SAT and helping them get into colleges in the US. The town that we’ll actually be working in is a town about a half hour away from Beirut and we’ll be working there Monday-Thursday. I’m a little nervous about going to a place so different and far away from my home. It’ll definitely be a challenge trying to keep in touch with my family when there’s going to be a 13 time difference. I’m really excited to meet the kids we’ll be working with and to be able to explore all that Beirut has to offer. Even though I’ve been studying Arabic for the past two years, I don’t think I’ll be able to communicate very well with Arabic speakers; luckily most people in Beirut speak English. We’ll be taking Arabic lessons while we’re there so hopefully that will help a bit! Even after all the DukeEngage program directors have told me about what we’ll be doing and experiencing, I still really have no idea what it will actually be like. It’s crazy to think that by Wednesday afternoon I’ll be more than 10,000 miles away from home!

-Jessica Gronna

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