The Maronite Academy 2019 Educational trip to Lebanon



More than 90 young Lebanese-descent Christians from 18 different countries around the world visited Lebanon in August 2019, to participate in the Maronite Academy, an endeavor undertaken by the Maronite Foundation.

Carried for the 7th consecutive year, this initiative aims to bring the Lebanese diaspora’s youth closer to their roots and their country of origin.

After going through a series of comprehensive online courses tackling the history of Lebanon and the Maronite Heritage, the applicants (between the ages of 20 and 30, of Lebanese descent, living abroad) had to undergo a written Essay, based on research and on personal/family experience, assessing the reason why they would like to visit Lebanon with the Maronite Foundation, and if they were willing to contribute to helping the Foundation by motivating the largest number of Lebanese living abroad among their communities, to recover their Lebanese citizenship.

Moreover, preference was given to those whose purposes, aspirations, and skills are most closely aligned with the mission of the Maronite Foundation in the World, and the selection process was highly dependent upon the levels of engagement, motivation, and thinking skills of the participants.
Finally, the successful candidates came from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela to partake in the Academy’s class of 2019.

They had the chance to live an unforgettable experience; a free two-week trip to Lebanon from August 3 until August 18, 2019 all expenses fully covered by the Maronite Foundation.

The participants’ stay in Lebanon spanned over two weeks, during which they attended daily lectures held at the USEK University by prominent panelists and visited various historical sites and landmarks.

 


The Summer Program 2019



The 2019 summer will witness remarkable memories and life-binding moments!
An unforgettable journey into the heart of Lebanon from August 3 till August 18, 2019, is waiting for the Maronite Academy Educational trip 2019 participants! 

The Maronite Academy summer trip will span over two weeks, during which the youth will attend lectures held at the USEK University by prominent panelists and Lebanese personalities as guest speakers in its conferences. They will give the students more  insights on  Lebanon’s history and role in the region.
 
Additionally, the youth will visit Lebanon’s holy sites and monasteries, and various religious, cultural and historical landmarks such as Maghdouche, St. Charbel, Qadicha valley, Byblos, Baalbeck and the Cedars, to name a few.

This 2019 summer will witness unforgettable memories and life-binding moments!

 


The Maronite Academy 2019 Participants


Maria Fernanda Ocampo Jalil
| Argentina
M.J.
Maria Fernanda Ocampo Jalil
Nader Jesus Kfoure
| Argentina
N.K.
Nader Jesus Kfoure
Amin Issa
| Argentina
A.I.
Amin Issa
Juan Uñac Barcelo
| Argentina
J.B.
Juan Uñac Barcelo
Facundo Agustin Uñac Rodriguez
| Argentina
F.R.
Facundo Agustin Uñac Rodriguez
Camila Baclini
| Argentina
C.B.
Camila Baclini
Eduardo Jose Abdo
| Argentina
E.A.
Eduardo Jose Abdo
Maria Jose Romani Kuri
| Argentina
M.K.
Maria Jose Romani Kuri
Julián Ignacio Elías
| Argentina
J.E.
Julián Ignacio Elías
Stefania Centurion
| Argentina
S.C.
Stefania Centurion
Maximiliano Chade
| Argentina
M.C.
Maximiliano Chade
Daniel Assade
| Argentina
D.A.
Daniel Assade
Lourdés Quinzano
| Argentina
L.Q.
Lourdés Quinzano
Patricio Farhat
| Argentina
P..
Patricio Farhat
Lourdie Harb
| Australia
L.H.
Lourdie Harb
Elizabeth-Anne Maroon
| Australia
E.M.
Elizabeth-Anne Maroon
Samira EL-Baini
| Australia
S.E.
Samira EL-Baini
Rochelle EL-Baini
| Australia
R.E.
Rochelle EL-Baini
Johnny EL-Baini
| Australia
J.E.
Johnny EL-Baini
Josephine Khoury
| Australia
J.K.
Josephine Khoury
Paul Mitri
| Australia
P.M.
Paul Mitri
Adrian Adaimy
| Australia
A.A.
Adrian Adaimy
Ann Hassarati
| Australia
A.H.
Ann Hassarati
Emma Partridge
| Australia
E.P.
Emma Partridge
Jacob Louie Yazbeck
| Australia
J.Y.
Jacob Louie Yazbeck
Joanne Mansour
| Australia
J.M.
Joanne Mansour
Joe Kamleh
| Australia
J.K.
Joe Kamleh
John Wehbe
| Australia
J.W.
John Wehbe
Jonathon Elias
| Australia
J.E.
Jonathon Elias
Joseph Mawad
| Australia
J.M.
Joseph Mawad
Martin Macconville
| Australia
M.M.
Martin Macconville
Maxine Bell
| Australia
M.B.
Maxine Bell
Remy Kamleh
| Australia
R.K.
Remy Kamleh
Salwa Elias
| Australia
S.E.
Salwa Elias
Tony Joshua Elias
| Australia
T.E.
Tony Joshua Elias
Vania Bejjani
| Australia
V.B.
Vania Bejjani
Helen Beaini
| Australia
H.B.
Helen Beaini
Paul Salem
| Australia
P.S.
Paul Salem
Mauricio Medrano Sauma
| Bolivia
M.S.
Mauricio Medrano Sauma
Raquel Rivera Safadi
| Bolivia
R.S.
Raquel Rivera Safadi
Samira Aguilar - Neif
| Bolivia
S.N.
Samira Aguilar - Neif
Johnny Eduardo Dipp
| Bolivia
J.D.
Johnny Eduardo Dipp
Gabriel Safadi
| Bolivia
G.S.
Gabriel Safadi
Anibal Wadih Stroparo Tahech
| Brazil
I would like to thank you for everything during this amazing trip with the Maronite Academy! This trip was special, probably the best two weeks in my life! I’ll always carry Lebanon and all the people who participated in this trip in my heart!
A.T.
Anibal Wadih Stroparo Tahech
Victor Bergamini Feres
| Brazil
V.F.
Victor Bergamini Feres
Gabriel Leivas Waquil
| Brazil
G.W.
Gabriel Leivas Waquil
Camila De Almeida
| Brazil
C.A.
Camila De Almeida
Rita Raad
| Brazil
R.R.
Rita Raad
Rose Raad
| Brazil
R.R.
Rose Raad
Paula Gibrim
| Brazil
P.G.
Paula Gibrim
Ana Clara Bazhuni
| Brazil
A.B.
Ana Clara Bazhuni
Gabriella El Corab
| Brazil
G.C.
Gabriella El Corab
Fabiana Bazhuni
| Brazil
F.B.
Fabiana Bazhuni
Renee Sayegh
| Canada
R.S.
Renee Sayegh
Emily Atallah
| Canada
E.A.
Emily Atallah
Charbel Saade
| Canada
C.S.
Charbel Saade
Marissa Absi
| Canada
M.A.
Marissa Absi
Cynthia Sarkis
| Canada
C.S.
Cynthia Sarkis
Jose Tomas Juri
| Chile
Lebanon’s biggest and greatest export is its diaspora, which originated from the Phoenicians. For me, it is an enormous joy to be part of this history, even with so many similarities to my homeland, Chile. Chile is a long and narrow strip of land at the end of the world that had to fight for its freedom. It was lifted from natural scourges, and always stood on its feet and this reminds me of another strip of land in the Middle East. A nation, that like the cedar tree, rises a thousand times yearning to touch the sky and God has bestowed on its peoples' creativity, strength and ingenuity. My great-grandfather used to say that the Lebanese town of Araya was very similar to Chile. Looking back on this maybe it’s because the national anthem of the latter indicates that it is the "happy copy of Eden." I will return to Lebanon of and will do as my grandfather says "with happiness."
J.J.
Jose Tomas Juri
Juan Diego Sefair
| Colombia
J.S.
Juan Diego Sefair
Diana Kalil
| Colombia
D.K.
Diana Kalil
Shantall Alam
| Dominican Republic
S.A.
Shantall Alam
Prisila El Hage
| Dominican Republic
P.H.
Prisila El Hage
Nubeluz Fadul
| Dominican Republic
N.F.
Nubeluz Fadul
Stephanie Yapur
| Ecuador
S.Y.
Stephanie Yapur
Michel Kammoun
| Ecuador
M..
Michel Kammoun
Jorge Farah
| Ireland
J.F.
Jorge Farah
Diana Aziz
| Italy
D.A.
Diana Aziz
Ana Helena Helue
| Mexico
A.H.
Ana Helena Helue
Jose Grayeb Cervantes
| Mexico
J.C.
Jose Grayeb Cervantes
Nicole Kobeh
| Mexico
N.K.
Nicole Kobeh
Ana Paula Hawa
| Mexico
A.H.
Ana Paula Hawa
Anuar Yusiff Saleme
| Mexico
A.S.
Anuar Yusiff Saleme
Soraya H Saab
| Mexico
S.S.
Soraya H Saab
Daniel Peter (Naddaf)
| South Africa
D.(.
Daniel Peter (Naddaf)
Kiara Higino
| South Africa
I would just like to say thank you for allowing me this opportunity to join the Maronite Academy 2019. It was such an honor being able to meet new people from around the world and experience Lebanon in all its glory. Being of Lebanese decent living abroad, it has really showed me how much I have missed out on being part of Lebanon and its culture. The Maronite Foundation has really showed me that I need to come back to my roots and that I need to be part of something bigger than myself. Being young and constantly on the look for a place I belong, I believe I have found a home in Lebanon and the Maronite Foundation. If there are any opportunities in South Africa or abroad to help and be apart of this amazing foundation please do not hesitate to contact me, I will do whatever it takes to help spread the word and bring people back to Lebanon. Once again thank you for this opportunity and for being such an inspiration to me and many others.
K.H.
Kiara Higino
David Karam
| South Africa
D.K.
David Karam
Alexandra Hanna Ougolnikova
| United Kingdom
A.O.
Alexandra Hanna Ougolnikova
Analaura Glion
| Uruguay
A.G.
Analaura Glion
Yianinna Abimorad
| Uruguay
Y.A.
Yianinna Abimorad
Juan Corazzo
| Uruguay
J.C.
Juan Corazzo
Peter Harb
| USA
P.H.
Peter Harb
Ana Sofia Meouchi
| USA
A.M.
Ana Sofia Meouchi
Sabine Maroun
| USA
S.M.
Sabine Maroun
Tiana Michelle Boutros
| USA
T.B.
Tiana Michelle Boutros
Jude Bato
| USA
J.B.
Jude Bato
Virginia del Carmen Elsaghbiny Malave
| Venezuela
V.M.
Virginia del Carmen Elsaghbiny Malave
Victoria Yaber
| Venezuela
V.Y.
Victoria Yaber



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