H.H. Pope Tawadros II meets with the 2014 team of Serve to Learn volunteers.
Abouna Dawood Lamey meets with the 2014 team of Serve to Learn volunteers.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." — Mahatma Gandhi
Serve to Learn is a unique program that connects youth from around the globe to Egypt. Volunteers conduct activities in English and share a journey of self-discovery and transformation with the children and communities they serve in Egypt.
When you become a Serve to Learn volunteer, you travel to Egypt for a predetermined three weeks of the summer at one of several sites throughout Egypt: from bustling metropolises along the Mediterranean coast and Nile delta to the rugged villages deep in the heart of Egypt. Bishops from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt offer hospitality to all of our volunteers for the duration of the journey. At the site to which you are assigned, you will inspire vulnerable children by teaching English and experience firsthand the injustices of child poverty by visiting the children you teach in their own homes
A Journey of Change and Discovery
Volunteers who have made the Serve to Learn journey say that above all they return home with a new perspective on life. They return home enriched by their cross-cultural exchanges, enhanced by their teaching experiences, and transformed by their encounters with children who possess so much love and joy despite the comparative little that they possess materially.
“While standing in front of the kids in the last day, I looked at my class and all the other classes and all the other students looked unfamiliar, but my class looked dear. Looking at my class, I realized that the feeling of familiarity I had towards my class resulted from “El Eshra” or living together, I felt that I really knew these children, because I let myself know them. By opening up my heart and spending some time with these children, a relationship grew, I can say that I really built relationships between me and my kids.”
-Kirollos Barsoum (IN, USA)
“People treated us like stars - not even as honored guests. I have yet to see warmth and love in a home like the homes we have visited…simple yet majestic! After Serve to Learn, my mundane city life feels meaningless.”
-Lara Gerges (CA, USA)
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