My Experience in Bahrain
Participation in extracurricular activities and spending time volunteering during my university life was an important factor for my personal development at all levels. It increased my social skills, helped me building new relationships, and made me more comfortable to adapt in a variety of situations. Thus, improving my morals, character, and professionalism.
By: Sarah Abu Hijleh
In the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers initiative and the revival of the World Heritage program, I went to Bahrain as a volunteer after I got accepted to participate in the Heritage Conservation Program's activities in Bahrain which was announced about by the International Youth Exchange Program (Zajel) of An-Najah's Public Relations Department.
I decided to share my travel experience because I believe that students who are involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities benefit in three ways: improving life skills, responsibility, and leadership.
Our trip program included several cultural, educational and leisure activities. The trip started with visiting a cultural exhibition of heritage objects through which each international participant put on display several objects that are famous in his/her country, the objects were carefully chosen and placed together to offer an educational value, and often to tell a story.
The trip included a visit to Qal’at al-Bahrain which was discovered by the Portuguese, and we were invited by archeologists to take part in archaeology excavations and activities in one of the most historically significant places in Bahrain.
To learn about the history, culture and customs of Bahrain, we visited several religious sites including the Al-Fateh Mosque, the largest mosque and place of worship in Bahrain, as well as numerous historical and cultural places in the kingdom of Bahrain.
My journey to Bahrain has taught me a lot and I've come out of my shell. Before my visit, all I knew was my family, my friends, and my life. Once you step out to meet people, and get acquainted with different cultures in an unfamiliar country – you learn a lot about yourself and the world around you.
During my ten-day journey, I was able to leave my comfort zone, and my safe place as well as experience new things. It was not easy, but definitely worth it.