North Lebanon

Newsletter n°8 January / February 2019

The latest updates, news and highlights on life
in the Levantine Institute of Tripoli

Dear subscribers, 


To this day, we have successfully completed two  - January and February terms. In total numbers, since its establishment in 2017, the LEVIT has welcomed itslargest ever number of students exceeding number 40! 
 

Great results right from the beginning of the year that motivate us to constantly come up with new innovative ideas within Arabic learning process! 



Let´s take a look together at the latest updates! 

ARABIC CLASSES CONTINUE

Arabic learning is in full swing and LEVIT students are making great efforts to achieve desired results. Good continuation! 

UNCONVENTIONAL LEARNING

Beside the regular Arabic classes in the LEVIT, students had again a chance to practise and improve their language skills within their monthly field activity. Cooking classes, common brakfast, volunteering in the local restaurant for underprivileged people...that all was part of their Arabic learning immersion experience in Tripoli. 

History & Caligraphy class
 In January 2019, the LEVIT launched two optional courses - History class with Prof. Ziad Al Koussa from Balamand University and Caligraphy class with Mr. Jihad Mikati from Lebanese Universiity. Both guest lecturers in the LEVIT help our students better understand historical and socio-cultural aspects of Lebanon and broader region. Warm welcome to both of them! 

LIKAAT

Within January and February edition of LIKAAT, our monthly talk, the LEVIT hosted two precious guests. Firstly, our guest Mrs Mia Bou Khaled from Lebanon Support presented their recent Conflict Analysis Project: Understanding Conflictuality in Lebanon devoted to current conflict dynamics in Lebanon. The last edition of the monthly talk entitled Niemeyer´s Legend in Tripoli with Mr. Nassim Naghi, architect restorer and university professor, brought a closer look at the history and development of the Rashid Karami International Fair as well as the importance of the preservation of this unique architectural structure for the Lebanese society. Thank you to both of our guests for their presentations! 

Students in action


The LEVIT students once again showed the willigness to devote time to kids from MAAN and help them develop their skills in different areas - French, English, drama, sport, yoga and art. Volunteering brought a mutual enriching interaction!! 

After all the efforts everyone deserves to relax!!! 


At the end of January, the LEVIT organized a trip to North Lebanon´s mountains. Students visited Bcharre, Gibran Museum, Cedars and some of them even tried their first dabke! 

NEW PROMOTION CAMPAIGNS

During two first months of the year 2019, the LEVIT already launched two promotion campaigns: 

The ANNUAL PROGRAM 2019 - 2020 starting on September 9th. 


For more information about the program click here. 

The LEVIT Summer Scholarship 2019, a fully-funded two months Arabic language program. 

For more information about the scholarship click here

MAAN CENTER

The kids from Maan center keep studying and improving their skills. Daily schedule is busy starting with activities such as French, English, yoga, drama and art class and followed by regular courses. 

Within the monthly field trip, the kids enjoyed beautiful sunny Sunday in the snow! 

This is it for today, we thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you soon at the LEVIT. For any enquiries about our programs and social projects drop us an email at info@levantineinstitute.com or visit our website. 

Best regards,

LEVIT's team

Newsletter No.O3 - September 2017

With the clouds pouring in, its safe to say that summer is officially over! However, with the upcoming news, it will brighten up your day, so let's get to it!

Its been an eventful few weeks filled with arabic lessons, teaching english, cooking classes, eating amazing food, walking around the old souks and finally going on some breathtaking day/ weekend trips around the country!

You can say its been a busy month!

Arabic lessons at the LEVIT! 

Theres nothing better than learning arabic in an arabic country, it really gives the opportunity to develop and challenge yourself to become a better speaker and listener.

With the classes and the incredible help of the teachers, they make you feel at home and make it easier for you to integrate the Arabic language on a daily basis.

'The teaching skills are very useful to integrate into the Arabic environment and really challenges you to adapt to the surroundings and learn the language as best as possible.' - Samir

Cooking with Kawthar!

Theres nothing better than eating some home food away from home, thats why every Monday and Wednesday, we have a special Syrian cook who cooks nearly anything you would like! 

Dishes this month varied from;
Bamya, Baba Ghanoush, Taboula, Rice with Vegetables and a very nice lebanese dish called Mjadarra!

So you'll pleased to know theres a lot more to offer from our specialist cook!

Its also nice to have the opportunity to learn how to cook or even go on a foodie venture with Kawthar to see what ingredients she buys for each individual dish!
 

Volunteering at the Maan Center!

The Maan Center is located within the LEVIT and provides an excellent opportunity to teach Syrian/ Lebanese kids English or French. The classes are open throughout the year, including summer, to provide students the best education extra curricular activites

The Maan Center now hosts up to 60 students per day between the ages 6-12 and aims to maximise the students opportunities in the future. The Maan center is also completely self funded by the institute and are collaborating with NGO's to improve the quality of the courses by bringing in more teachers to accommodate for all level of students.

Help the Maan Center

Trips in Lebanon!

Although Tripoli may seem far up North, it's easier than it seems to travel across the country and visit all the touristic sights and more!

The farthest travelled is to Sour which is the furthest city away from Tripoli and only takes a mere 3 hour to get there by coach.

There are also places to visit in Tripoli such as Palm Island, the souks and the Citadel!

Every weekend, the institute helped out to organise trips across the country. The first weekend, the students travelled to Sour and Saida - there you will find a beautiful beach and authentic souks.

The second week the students travelled to Bsharri, high up in the mountains, where they visited Al-Arz (Cedar woods)  and went on a four hour hike in Qadisha Valley.

For the final full weekend the students went on day trips to Byblos (oldest city in Lebanon and one of the oldest inhabitants of the world), Baalbeck (to see the old majestic roman ruins), Batroun (for the beach) and finally, Tannourine (for one final hike). 

Miras Guided Tours!

Discover Lebanon in an alternative way with Miras Guided Tours!

Mira is special touristic guide who gives a more personal insight to the history of the country as well as seeing the most beautiful parts of Lebanon.