Meet Our NYSW Interns

Since one of the objectives of National Youth Service Week is to empower youth, we are very pleased to introduce the 9 interns who have been working with Dr. Patricia Nabti, the Executive Director of Volunteer for Lebanon, and Sanaa Hassan, our VFL Vice President and master trainer to organize National Youth Service Week 2019. [Two of them, Kamar and Maha, had to leave the internship program at the end of summer because of other commitments.] They interns range in age from 16 to 26, and from high school through graduate study. While most of them are based in Beirut, there are interns from Aley, Baabda, Bint Jbeil, and Chouf, and others who have connections to cities, towns, and villages throughout Lebanon.

They are revising our NYSW Participation Guide and Training Power Point. They have finalized a slogan, are working on improving our website, and will engage in efforts to promote National Youth Service Week through their own networks by personal contact, traditional media, and social media. They will serve as trainers to help more groups plan and implement projects - and have those projects have more impact and be more sustainable. They will be some of the monitors who visit the projects, will join us in evaluating projects, and will participate in organizing the final recognition event in May.  Since we want to reach out to youth ages 5-25 to participation in National Youth Service Week, it is important to have youth input in every aspect of our campaign. We are pleased to present our interns here.

In alphabetical order by first name:


Ghida Farhat

Ghida studied at Lycée francais Charles de Gaulle in the Central African Republic. She then studied at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.  She has experience as a Freelance History and French Teacher. She is a former member of RAU (Récupérons l’Amicale de l’USJ) which allowed her to work closely with her peers while supporting the school community as a whole which helped her develop strong time management, organisational and communication skills.



  Kamar Shaalan

Kamar studied at Doha High School in Beirut. She then studied Social Work at Haigazian University in Beirut. She has experience as Assistant Operations Manager at Al Wafaa Bakery and was a participant in Operation Renovation Project with Haigazian University to renovate the "Home of Hope" campus for the underprivileged. Also, Kamar participated in the Orphan Fair Event under the title of "Hearts & Hands" where she entertained about 120 kids from 5 different orphanages with educational games and fun activities. Kamar ended her internship near the end of summer.

MahaMaha Nasser

Maha studied at GEMS World Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is now studying Politics and International Law in the American University of Beirut. She has experience as a teaching assistant at her school where she worked with children in KGII. She was also a backstage coordinator for a school production as part of her theater and drama class. Maha ended her internship near the end of summer.


Rachad  Rachad Abou Salhab

Rachad studied at UEN Rufino Blanco Fombona in Venezuela. Then, he studied at Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University. He has experience as a volunteer with Sif during 2018.





  Reem Daher

Reem graduated from Al-Amir High School with a Baccalaureate in Economics and Sociology. She then studied in the Faculty of Media and Documentation in the Lebanese University where she earned a degree in Information Management. In addition to volunteering in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Reem has experience in volunteering as a field worker involved in visiting households and collecting data. Moreover, she worked in the field of money exchange and transfer at Xpress Money for more than a year.



Rouba  Rouba Zouhairy

Rouba is a high school student at Beirut Baptist School. She constantly shows interest in social issues through participating in programs such as LAU's Model European Union and Model Arab League.




Sarah  Sarah Wahbah

Sarah studied at Jeddah Knowledge International School in Saudi Arabia. She is now a student in the American University of Beirut where she is majoring in Political Studies with a minor in International Law. She has experience as a Customer Service intern at Samba Bank as well as being the Head of Press and Chair for the Human Rights Commission in Jeddah Knowledge School's Model United Nations. Sarah was a very active student at school where she held different positions: Head of Organization and Resources Committee, Head of Finance Committee, and Senior Prefect.

Therese  Therese Al Amil

Therese studied at the Secondary Rmeish Official school. She then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations & Publicity at the Lebanese University. She has proven to be active in that field by means of volunteering for Al Amal Institute in Broumana where she was the PR officer. In addition, she was an intern at Studypedia in Hamra, Beirut where she worked in Marketing & Advertising.


Weam  Weam Abou Hamdan

Weam is a high school student at Rawdah High School. He has experience as a Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics tutor for students from different ages and schools. Also, he expresses interest in solving global issues by means of participating in programs such as LAU's Model United Nations where he held the positions of Delegate and Advisor throughout the years. He intends to major in Physics.