Having attended the Seeds of Peace Camp on three occasions, including as a teacher during the 2011 Educators Course, each encounter has altered my perspective on and expectations of peace in a different way. Every time I leave Camp, I feel enriched: I feel that I have grown as a human being and I’m compelled to take action in some way, shape or form.
In general, the Camp experience affords an opportunity for all participants to transcend political and religious boundaries and see the humanity that is shared by all. At Camp, one of the goals is to try to understand the position of others and learn to build bridges of trust. The Camp’s directive is to establish the humanity and mutual respect of all who are there—it is the rule that all must accept! You go back home full of hope.
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I teach history at an International Baccalaureate level in Amman, Jordan, and supervise Model United Nations and other youth conferences.
The wealth of knowledge I acquired through my experience with Seeds of Peace directly feeds into my professional skills. As an educator, I realize the power that education has on our ability to achieve peace. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes I acquired through Seeds of Peace directly feed into my classroom teaching practices and are transplanted to my students, thus creating a mini culture of peace that we all hope becomes a global culture.
“Every time I leave Camp, I feel enriched: I feel that I have grown as a human being and I’m compelled to take action in some way, shape or form.”