By Teresa Yeung – Hong Kong – China
International volunteers always expect they give something, such as money and knowledge, to recipients. I used to think in this way. I thought that I would contribute my knowledge to Palestinians in order to broaden their horizons. However, I was arrogant enough to think so. During the Zajel Program of An-Najah University, I found that I was given a lot, more than I gave to Palestinians.
While many Palestinians are suffering a severe shortage of water, all volunteers in this program can take showers as they like. While children in Hebron city are running to get some food from charity kitchen, we have food that is more than sufficient. While Palestinians are suffering from high unemployment rate due to an influx of cheap Chinese products, Palestinians always help Chinese like me and say ‘welcome to Palestine’ to me. I feel like home.
I taught a little to Palestinians. On the contrary, I learnt a lot from Palestine and its people. I learnt not to be selfish. Although I may have a lot of excuses refusing to help the others, I should give a hand. Also, I learnt to be considerate. Although I may have sufficient natural resources, I should think twice before I use. Because all natural resources should be shared with all the people but not just for me.
Last but not least, I learnt to be open-minded and put away stereotypes. In my opinion, conflicts come from selfishness and prejudice. I sincerely hope that all people in the world can put away all prejudice and respect each other as human beings. This can make a better world for our future generations.