2014 is becoming a milestone in the quick expansion of the Middle East regional office. The first batch of this year was the first time that the office hosts interns from outside Lebanon, enabling the program to provide a geniune multicultural experience. The cultural richness and exchange at the office has peeked over the past month with new languages emerging such as Japanese, Dutsch, and Polish. We have been able to combine the history of the three continents of the Old World into our modest office space. This serves yet again as another testimony to the fact that people, and youth in particular, are aour most valuable resource. To learn more about our internship program, click here.
Chiaki Otsuka is a Japanese graduate from the American University of Beirut with her studies in Political Studies and Public Policy. She has a multicultural background of living in countries, such as Taiwan, China, India, the Fiji Islands, the United States. She is currently residing in Lebanon and doing her internship with us. Her favorite quote is “Beneath the armor of skin/and/bone/and/mind most of our colors are amazingly the same.” ― Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love
Chiaki Jackie Otsuka
Hajer is an agricultural engineer from Tunisia. She loves music, cinema and literature. Hajer believes that family is the most important environment that ensures the effective development of the human person. That is, among others, what makes her very excited by WYA’s mission. Her favorite quote is “When you go after what is important for you in life, don’t take no for an answer.” – Paulo Coelho
Kaya van der Meulen is a Dutch-Polish BA graduate in the field of International Relations and International Organisation and has gained experience through study and work in various countries among which Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, and Turkey. Her main areas of interest are diplomacy, and the promotion of mutual respect and tolerance which she hopes to promote through to a career in civil service by building bridges between the European Union and the MENA Region. Kaya’s favourite life quote is ”Dum spiro, spero” – Cicero
Kaya van der Meulen
Nicholas Maalouf graduated from the Lebanese American University with a B.A in International Affairs and has an interest in youth groups and organizations that seek to create a positive change in society and the world. For this reason he decided to learn from and contribute to the World Youth Alliance’s mission of preserving human dignity. His favourite quote is "The earth is displaced by the weight of a small bird" – Leonardo Da Vinci