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Sara
Swidan
Languages: 
English
Arabic
French
July, 1987
Bio: 
I'm a big city girl with my eyes out to the world. I'm middle class girl with a normal education. I taught myself almost everything I'm good at. Management, Language, teaching and sports. I've a lot to pass on to younger generation and I figured I don't have to wait until I'm 60 to start doing it.
Volunteering Experience: 
I’ve volunteered as an English Teacher in Tibet World, Dharamsala. North India. These students were refugees from Tibet. They are Buddhist monks and nuns who trespassed on foot to India through the Himalayas escaping from Chinese authorities that exempts them from practicing their religious beliefs. They took courses in Tibet world for free. Tibetan refugees’ ages ranged between 17-55 with different proficiency levels and all in one class room. They’ve all went through traumas and lost many of their friends and family crossing the Himalayas. And some of them lost fingers, toes and limps due to frost bites they had during their journey. Working with Tibetan refugees was different in deed but I used it all to motivate them to speak and listen to develop their English; I’d start the 1 hour session with a tongue twister to warm them up and put a simple on their faces… The second half of the session is what I struggled with because of their different proficiency levels. But I noticed their urge to speak about their homeland and to tell stories about their homes, shops, people they left behind in Tibet. Hence, I had my idea! The second half of the session they’d take turns telling a story (in English) they remember about their moms, Tibetan food, old friends… etc. Something that would engage the rest of the class to listen. The rest of the class would write a summery about this story, then I’d correct it. Some of the sessions got emotional somewhat, but after the session I’d run into my students in the street and they’d salute me in the Buddhist way and express their gratitude to the time they had in my class. (2015) I also volunteered as a coordinator in Sailing the Nile stand up against poverty in Bibliotheca Alexandrina.(2007) - an event made in every major city along the course of the Nile to apply the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) doing workshops with youth and women. and ending the project with a final stand up against poverty in Bibleotheca Alexandrina. All the major NGOs in Egypt where involved in this project.
Education: 
Business Administration
Occupation: 
Translator
Other Skills: 
Workshop Facilitator
Coordination/management
role assignment
Sara Swidan
Alexandria
Egypt
Languages:
English, Arabic, French
July, 1987
Description
I'm a big city girl with my eyes out to the world.

I'm middle class girl with a normal education. I taught myself almost everything I'm good at. Management, Language, teaching and sports. I've a lot to pass on to younger generation and I figured I don't have to wait until I'm 60 to start doing it.
Volunteering Experience
I’ve volunteered as an English Teacher in Tibet World, Dharamsala. North India. These students were refugees from Tibet. They are Buddhist monks and nuns who trespassed on foot to India through the Himalayas escaping from Chinese authorities that exempts them from practicing their religious beliefs. They took courses in Tibet world for free.
Tibetan refugees’ ages ranged between 17-55 with different proficiency levels and all in one class room. They’ve all went through traumas and lost many of their friends and family crossing the Himalayas. And some of them lost fingers, toes and limps due to frost bites they had during their journey.
Working with Tibetan refugees was different in deed but I used it all to motivate them to speak and listen to develop their English; I’d start the 1 hour session with a tongue twister to warm them up and put a simple on their faces… The second half of the session is what I struggled with because of their different proficiency levels. But I noticed their urge to speak about their homeland and to tell stories about their homes, shops, people they left behind in Tibet. Hence, I had my idea!
The second half of the session they’d take turns telling a story (in English) they remember about their moms, Tibetan food, old friends… etc. Something that would engage the rest of the class to listen. The rest of the class would write a summery about this story, then I’d correct it.
Some of the sessions got emotional somewhat, but after the session I’d run into my students in the street and they’d salute me in the Buddhist way and express their gratitude to the time they had in my class. (2015)


I also volunteered as a coordinator in Sailing the Nile stand up against poverty in Bibliotheca Alexandrina.(2007)
- an event made in every major city along the course of the Nile to apply the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) doing workshops with youth and women. and ending the project with a final stand up against poverty in Bibleotheca Alexandrina. All the major NGOs in Egypt where involved in this project.

Education
Business Administration
Occupation
Translator
Other Skills
Workshop Facilitator, Coordination/management, role assignment
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