The pilot project for the Cultural Volunteers module hosted by AWA Dubai was a week-long program (July 16-23, 2013) attended by seven FAWCO teens from Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom (for a list of partipants, click here). The teens were hosted in AWA Dubai members' homes and had the opportunity to do hands-on volunteering in three local charities. Participants received community service credits for their IB program. The program included cultural learning about the UAE and Ramadan, as well as experiencing the sights and sounds of a new country.
In the words of one of the youths: A plaque inside the Burj Khalifa states: "I am the life force of collective aspirations and the aesthetic union of many cultures. I stimulate dreams, stir emotions, and awaken creativity." For cross-cultural teenagers everywhere, these words inspire us to work together.
Another participant summed it up this way: It was absolutely, hands down, the most fun, interesting and enriching trip I have ever been on.....
To read all of the participants' reflections on their experiences, click here.
As a team, the teens created a video about life lessons they learned as FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers.