Tent of Nations 2019 [6]: Lessons for Volunteers

Please read my fifth blog about the approach I took with Daoud to build the volunteer lessons/talks before reading these, as the background I give is important to understanding why I structured these the way I did. I’ll post first the planning document of what I discussed, and then below this I’ll include what this looked like in practice. 

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Tent of Nations 2019 [5]: Reframing Trauma and Resilience

[I’ll be introducing in this blog the definition of community psychology in the context of this project, beginning with Western biomedical perspectives and moving towards the nuance required to talk about psychology in the context of Palestine.  Please enjoy!]

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Tent of Nations 2019 [4]: Bethlehem, Soldiers, Settlements & Spiritual Growth

[This is a journal entry I wrote in Palestine. Any notes made by me after the fact will be in brackets and/or not italicized. I’ve added information on some politics in this post. I also included some of my own personal thoughts about faith in this entry. The next post will be about community psychology and how I saw it in the West Bank. Please enjoy!]

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Week 8

It’s over. Michael and I’s final presentations went better than I could have hoped, we put together and submitted our final reports, and we said a lot of heart-tugging goodbyes to all our team members, bosses, discussion partners, interviewees, desk mates, dorm mates, and other coworkers. And now it’s over. As I get older and experience more, I keep realizing how profoundly strange time is, and that certainly holds true for this internship. Some days pass too slowly, others too quickly, and the past two months in Japan have gone by lightning fast. I have met more people, seen more sights, tried more food, and learned more lessons in the past two months than in any other single period of my life so far that I can think of. I will try my best to keep the memories, connections, and lessons from this experience alive while moving forward. Here are a few of the things I learned in Japan:

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Week 7

At work back in Tokyo this week, Michael and I have been going full gear into getting ready for our final presentations next Wednesday. To be honest, things are getting kind of stressful. I think I’ll get where I need to be with my presentation by Wednesday, but I’ve been worrying about it a lot, especially since several important board members will come to watch us. Working with a large amount of broad qualitative data like the interviews has been a new challenge for me, and I’ve found it difficult at times to figure out how to approach the analysis and summarize the most important results. It’s helped so far to talk things out with people and to remember to stick to the basics rather than overthinking things.

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