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Youth Citizenship Program

High School Community Service / Volunteer Program

Beirut and Taanayel, Lebanon

arcenciel Youth Citizenship is a volunteer program specifically designed for high school students seeking an exciting and meaningful opportunity in Lebanon. Our culturally rich educational program is designed to open each participant’s eyes to the inner workings of a social enterprise, giving them the opportunity to actively participate in on-going projects, and to forge meaningful connections with underserved and vulnerable communities in Lebanon. Through guided group sessions, students openly discuss their new experiences and, along with their peers, develop ideas and question their surroundings.

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Our Young Citizens will visit the arcenciel farm in Taanayel (a zero carbon facility) and learn, first hand, about sustainable economic models. They will milk cows, culture milk into yogurt, make Labneh and cheese, and actively contribute to composting and recycling projects. They will help build traditional mud-brick houses utilizing the local energy-efficient adobe method of the Bekaa valley, and will spend several nights in arcenciel’s eco village lodging where they will be exposed to a forgotten rural life.
Our youth citizens will participate in various programs supporting Syrian refugees. They will learn how to juggle with our circus team (cirquenciel), and visit at risk communities to spread understanding through circus arts.
They will also visit our wheelchair and our ceramics factories, and will work side by side with the disabled persons who largely run them. And last but not least, our participants will hike and bike, and enjoy the beauty of the country.


High School Students 14-18 YO

Summer 2017
July 10 – 21
July 31 –  August 11

5 days or 10 day program

The 5 day and 10 day programs begin on the same dates and follow the same schedule. The 10-day program will cover more of arcenciel’s activities & centers. You may request a day to day schedule of each program here: paul.abieshac@arcenciel.org

Group size:
4 – 15 (2 leaders)

Cost of the program:
5-day program: $500
10-day program: $800
Includes daily lunch and transportation
Any additional donations are highly appreciated and will fund programs for children living with disabilities.


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Physical Activity:
The program is based on physical volunteering work and initiatives. Some of the activities may be strenuous and demanding at times; they are designed, however, with the intention of opening students up to new horizons and comfort zones.

Open Mindedness:
Our program is designed to open students’ eyes to the world and thereby question their own role within it. Touching upon issues of identity, youth, suffering, war, culture, heritage, work and tradition, daily group sessions will be organized by mentors with the goal of encouraging students to ask inquisitive questions and to support one another in their self discovery.  With many of the participants being dual citizens, the program will also touch upon what  this  means to them in terms of identity and heritage. Mentors will be present at all times to help guide curiosity, but the bulk of content and ideas will be custom tailored to each group depending on themes that may develop throughout the week.

The program is divided between two locations: Beirut and Taanayel.
In Beirut, it is recommended that students stay with family or friends. If this is not possible, arcenciel will help place students with a Lebanese host family on a case by case basis, and at an additional cost.
In Taanayel, students will stay overnight with the group leaders at arcenciel’s traditionally and naturally built Ecolodge.

In Beirut, daily lunch will be provided.
In Taanayel, all meals will be provided. Meals are sourced locally from arcenciel’s farm.

Transportation will be provided to students within the Greater Beirut Area, to and from the center. Students living outside Beirut with no means of transportation will be assisted by arcenciel on a case by case basis.
arcenciel will also provide transportation to and from our Taanayel center.

Upon conclusion of the program, students will receive a certificate of community service from arcenciel acknowledging between 40-80 hours of community service work, dependent on the length of the program.

Registration will be managed through arcenciel’s affiliate office in the USA, 501c3 compliant.

For more information, please email us at: laudy.hakim@arcenciel.org