“I was really happy when I got my placement!” Therése Persson, former student of Arabic with AMBergh Education in Alexandria, has temporarily left her job in Sweden, heading to the West Bank. Therése will volunteer for an organisation called EAPPI (the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel). EAPPI’s mission is to provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.
“Part of our assignment will be to be present at the Israeli check-points from 3 am in the morning, when the Palestinian workers start lining up for their daily crossings”, says Therése. The placement in the village Yanoun came as a great surprise. “It is a village of 80 inhabitants, of whom only one speaks English”, says Therése. Therése believes and hopes her knowledge of Arabic will be a great asset. “It is my interest in the Arabic language and the region which made me apply for this job”, says Therése, who is now looking forward to practicing her Arabic with the village members. Therése and her international team of five accompanies will be living in a renovated goat stable for a period of three months. AMBergh is looking forward to following Therése’s work on the West Bank and wish her team the best of luck.