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What is CARAVAN


Imagine if you had a year before starting university/work. What would you do? Learn a new language? Explore a new country and culture? Travel with friends?

What is CARAVAN


Imagine if you had a year before starting university/work. What would you do? Learn a new language? Explore a new country and culture? Travel with friends?

 

The Order of Malta CARAVAN

offers young adults over 18 years the possibility to spend ten voluntary months in Lebanon.

They get the chance to work with handicapped people whilst studying at one of Beirut's best universities. Learning the Arabic langugage is part of the Curriculum as well as History, culture and complexity of the Middle East.

CARAVAN is a project that incorporates many aspects of what young people crave to experience before starting  after-school/working life: 

Social Commitment, broadening Horizion, diverse people, international adventure.

 
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What we do?


What we do?

What we do?


What we do?

The Order of Malta CARAVAN

During their time in Lebanon the participants work in homes for mentally and physically disabled people, experiencing the joy of caring for the sick and the poor. Additionally the program offers various different aspects and activities: they are enrolled in the jesuit univeristy of Beirut to take classes in Middle Eastern Studies, they do field trips and travel the country whilst emerging themselves into the thrilling and vivid life of Beirut. 

They will develop stronger social competencies while sharing an appartment. They will live with a diverse group of people of different age, background, nationality and  language. They will learn to make compromises, to pay attention to their enviroment, and to take responsiblity for themselves and the team.

 

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Why we do it?


Why we do it?

Why we do it?


Why we do it?

Travelling to Lebanon in 1997, Franziskus Heereman was confronted with the unbearable living conditions for handicapped people. Visiting the two largest local homes in Beirut, he was shocked to experience the enviroment they were living in. FRIENDSHIP  and joy WAS SOMETHING NOT KNOWN TO OUR PROTÉGÉS AT THAT TIME.

The 20-year-old member of the Order of Malta recognized the necessity for change and returned the following summer with 27 of his friends. In the mountains above Beirut they organized a holiday camp for local handicapped guests. For the first time those guests experienced individual care, loving attention and laughter.

From that summer on the camps have become a yearly highlight, an unforgettable time for guests and helpers alike, creating strong bonds and innumerable friendships.

However, everyone felt, 8 weeks during the summer weren't enough. An opportunity to spend a year in Lebanon caring for the sick and poor while at the same time learing about Middle Eastern culture, religion and life appeared to be the answer. CARAVAN was born.

AROUND ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD have PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM since 2009. THROUGH THEIR presence and SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT THEY HAVE CHANGED THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF DISABLED PEOPLE IN LEBANON, CONTRIBUTing TO PEACE IN THE REGION AND IMPROVing THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN RELIGIONS.

 

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How we do it?


How we do it?

How we do it?


How we do it?

The participants

share a unique experience while living together as a community in a secure suburb of Beirut. They are solely responsible for their daily life and spend their mornings studying in Université Saint Joseph, one of the best universities in Beirut.

The afternoons are spent in three different homes of the Sisters of the Cross for handicapped people in and around Beirut. Instead of doing actual nursing the "Caravanistas" set up programs of activities, conduct basic simple physiotherapy and give love and joy to their handicapped friends . By devoting most of their time to people much less fortuned than themselves, they learn to understand the meaning of loving thy neighbor and a demand for solidarity.

 The Service of the "Caravanistas" takes place in three homes: St. Dominique (a home for younger boys), Antelias (a home for older men) and Deir el Qamar (a home for women).

The Service of the "Caravanistas" takes place in three homes: St. Dominique (a home for younger boys), Antelias (a home for older men) and Deir el Qamar (a home for women).

 Coming from various countries with different languages and cultural backgrounds, the young people quickly become a team in such complex foreign enviroment, living together, participating in the same activities and sharing their faith.

Coming from various countries with different languages and cultural backgrounds, the young people quickly become a team in such complex foreign enviroment, living together, participating in the same activities and sharing their faith.

 The team easily makes friends among other young people Lebanon and the international family of the Order of Malta. Beirut is an exciting city full of life and will become their hometown for the coming year.

The team easily makes friends among other young people Lebanon and the international family of the Order of Malta. Beirut is an exciting city full of life and will become their hometown for the coming year.

 The volunteers start with a month of Arabic tuition, followed by seven months of lectures and seminars. These classes provide an understanding of the cultures and religions in the Middle East, especially Christianity, Islam and Judaism, with an emphasis on cultural differences of religions.

The volunteers start with a month of Arabic tuition, followed by seven months of lectures and seminars. These classes provide an understanding of the cultures and religions in the Middle East, especially Christianity, Islam and Judaism, with an emphasis on cultural differences of religions.

 The course is worth 16 ECTS points and is taught by professors from diverse backgrounds at the Jesuit Univeristy Saint Joseph.

The course is worth 16 ECTS points and is taught by professors from diverse backgrounds at the Jesuit Univeristy Saint Joseph.