Team 39 arrived for the "handover orientation" yesterday evening. Johanna from our team personally escorted them as they traveled by bus from
to Tulkarm. The new team brought everything they would need for 3 months. They will spend four days participating in a thorough orientation from us and shadow our team in our daily tasks. We have written a handover document providing clear information about this area and the work that we do. Then they will return to Jerusalem . I remember feeling overwhelmed after my orientation stay in Tulkarm. Questions and doubts whirled around my head. I wondered if our team could even be half as effective as Team 37 had been. Jerusalem for more orientation with the other new EAs
It has been delightful to get to know the members of Team 39 who are assigned to Tulkarm. Coming from
Ireland, Sweden, Germany and , they bring a wealth of expertise and new energy. Norway
|Team 39: Lena, Gudrun, Live & Sean with Johanna and me|
) has a degree in religious education and is also studying social work. I found out that Gudrun grew up in the same area of Germany where my grandmother was born and raised. It’s 200 kilometers from Stockhom in the Gavla area. I felt an instant bond with her and know a little bit about the area after tracing my own roots on a trip we took a few years ago. Gudrun has a degree in development studies and has previously visited Sweden Israel and . Live( Palestine ) has a masters in Nordic languages and is working as a scientific assistant. After her term in Tulkarm she will be a summer EA in Yanoun. Sean has a masters in Community Research and works for a Norway based youth work charity. Belfast
Yesterday, our team took the new team on a walk around the city of
Tulkarm. They witnessed the weekly demonstration of family members of prisoners.
|Team 39 observing the weekly demonstration of families of prisoners|
We shared with them pictures of the demonstration we observed at an agricultural gate last week where several teenagers were arrested after a rock throwing incident.
|Start of demonstration march to Deir-al-Ghusun Agricultural Gate|
|Overlooking valley from Shufa|
Today we took team 39 to the
. It was a beautiful day and it was fun to see the countryside with sheep grazing and donkeys enjoying the pasture. village of Shufa
As the time nears for my leaving Tulkarm, I realize how fortunate I have been to meet so many wonderful people in this area. They have been incredibly hospitable to us "foreigners". I have also been so blessed to have developed friendships with other EA's in the program. Well, I must get to bed as we will have a busy tomorrow. It is a bit crowded in our flat with four guests camping out with us.