Here are some of our students that came to Arabesk with our packages, services or only tuitions.


If you want to contact any of these students, please feel free to contact us in order we give you their email. 
 

2009 =   more than 100 students   until    end OCTOBER         and much more to confirm (for November – December – Christmas and 2010)    (active link)

 

1- Europe (Scandinavia, Swiss, Uk , Spain , East Europe , France , Belgium , Italy & others (Germany, Austria , Holland ..))     (active link)

                                                                                                                        

2- North America (USA, Canada )    (active link)

 

3- Miscellaneous (people living in Gulf Countries, Australia , Mexico , Russia , Korea , ….)       (active link)

 

Shortest period: Rebeca Malatesta (Germany, Dubai, 10 days), Christina Guillaume (France, August, 3 weeks),  Adrian (Spain, Abu Dhabi, 3 weeks), Luc (France, 3 weeks), Michal Pesta (Poland – Belgium, August, 3 weeks), Andreas Kreis (Switzerkland, Oct, 3 weeks)

 

Longest period: Manuel (Spain, 6 months), Oysten (Norway, 6 months – 1 year), Francisco (Spain, 1 year), Jaron (Australia, 1 year), Rozlyn (UK, 6 months – 1 year), Jessica (UK, 6 months)

 

           

Youngest students: Amina (Swiss, 19), Cristian Far (Espana, Madrid, 19), Kandia (France, 19),

 

Adult Senior students: Johanna (Finland, 41), Ruth (Switzerland, 48), Jacoba (Holland, 62), Richard Dyer (USA, 45), Alain Vignier (France, 66), Ron Stein (USA, Wisconsin, 56), Maria Dolores (Espana, Granada 55), Robert (USA – LA, 60), Christian Guillaume (France, 65), Francisco (Spain, 58), Gundi (Swiss, Basel, 61), Elisabet (Sweden, 66), Adrien Kreis (Switzerland, 53), David Aleck (USA, 62), Maggy (Switzerland, 65), Josefa (Spain, 51), etc …

 

 

Students that came with zero level:  Marko (Estonia), Hugo (UK), Marko (Finland), Rumaldo (USA), Alexander (UK), Olivier (France), Jaron (Australia), Oysten (Norway),  Rozlyn (UK), Julie (Canada), Bianca (France), and many others.

 

Students that came with high - advanced level: Siavash (USA, Georgia), Alain Vignier (France), Jana (Czech Rep), Carmen (Spain), Yvon (France), Kevin (USA),

 

 

 

Students that came back in 2009 (8 students):  Patricia (UK), Robert Payne (USA, Fev), Joel Blecher (USA, fourth time in Damascus), Brian Brennan (Australia, August 2006), Carmen (Spain, August 2008), Chris Cook (USA - Georgia), Heinz Heule (Switzerland, Basel, Sept 08), Gundi (Switzerland Dec 08), Daniela (Switzerland - Zurich, Oct 08), Maggy Gasparini (Suisse, third time in Damascus), Chris Browne (UK, )

 

 

Students that extended their studies: Matthew Ong,

 

 

Europe    (Scandinavia,  Swiss,  Uk,  Spain,  Italy,  France,  others)

- Scandinavia :     9      students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Joaquim

Finland

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth H.

Sweden

diplomat

 

 

 

 

Oystein

Norway - Oslo

 

27

mid August

6 months

Package of studies in Damascus University + accommodation in “Living & Practicing” + private lessons

Ari Karkkainen

Finland

 

 

May

1 month

Private tuitions 2 hours a day.

Tove

Sweden

Diplomat

30

end April

2 weeks

Private tuitions 5 hours a day with 2 different private teachers.

Hanno

Finland – Damascus

Finnish Institute in Damascus

 

 

long

Private teacher in Ammya, Syrian spoken language, 3 days a week, several months.

Antra Medne

Latvia – Riga

 

36

 

 

Package of private studies + Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family.

Marko Koplimaa

Estonia

Student

21

February

6 months

Package of studies in Damascus University + accommodation in “Living & Practicing”

Johanna Korhonen

Finland

Nurse and university Arabic student

41

January

2 months

Private teacher 2 hours a day, 40h per month for 2 months.

 

- Swiss:      11    students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Ariane Barbey

Suisse - Geneve

retired

59

10 Novembre

3 mois

Package complet stage Université de Damas + cours particuliers + logement dans famille damascène. 

Andreas Kreis

Switzerland – Seewis Dorf  - Zurich

mechanical engineer

53

end Sept

3 weeks

Package private instruction 3 hours a day + services + accommodation with a native speaker in Living & Practicing

Gundi Kruger

Switzerland - Basel

 

53

26 Sept

2 weeks

second time in Damascus (Dec 08) – private course + family accommodation

Maggy Gasparini

Suisse - Lausanne

 

 

Octobre

1 mois

3eme fois a Damas. Stage a Université + logement en famille.

Daniela Soricetti

Switzerland - Zurich

 

46

mid Octobre

3 months

Second time in Damascus (+Oct 2008)-

Heinz Heule

Switzerland -

retired

64

Sept

1 month

Second time in Damascus (+Sept  2008) – private teacher

Diane Housson

Suisse - Lausanne

Etudiante en psychologie

28

Juillet

3 mois

Package complet cours particuliers intensifs 3h / jour en Juillet + 2 stages a Université + logement dans famille damascène. 

Michele Steiner

Switzerland -

Etudiante en Histoire

 

 

 

 

Amina Cadelli

Suisse - Geneve

Etudiante

19

end June

1,5 mois

 

Ruth & Jacoba

Swiss & Holland – Berne

 

48 - 62

mid April

2 weeks

Private lessons 4 hours a day with 2 different private teachers.

 

- UK :       10       students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Chris Browne

UK – Manchester

 

 

28 Sept

3 months

Intensive Arabic private tuitions 2h / day + accommodation "Living & Practicing"

Jessica Durant

UK - London

English language teacher

25

Mid Sept

 

Package Studies Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family.

Rozlyn Spinks

UK - London

student

32

mid

6 months

Package of private studies + Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family.

Barnaby Quick

UK / Belgium - BXL

Work in corporate bank

26

end June

1 mois

Package of studies in Damascus University + private teacher + accommodation in “Living & Practicing”

Christian Sahner

UK - Oxford

Early Islamic History student

24

end June

2 months

Intensive Arabic private course 4h / day

Alexander Pendry

UK -

student

 

April

3 months

Package of studies with private lessons + Damascus University + accommodation in “Living & Practicing”

Patricia Tricker

UK

translator

 

March

10 days

Second time in Damascus

Katrina Wilson

UK but living in Qatar

lawyer

39

mid Feb 09

2 months

 

Hugo Legge

UK – Oxford – Leeds

Graduated in Middle East Studies – Leeds University

22

February

5,5 months

 

Zainab Kasmani

UK - London

just graduated

22

January 2009

6 months

 

Chris Browne

UK - Newcastle

 

 

since Aug

 

 

Dom Taylor

 

 

 

since

 

 

 

- Spain :          13        students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Josefa Francisca Garcia

Espana - Oviedo

Funcionaria servicios sociales

51

Mid Oct

1 mes

Package completo de Estudios en laUniversidad de Damasco + servicios Arabesk (aeropuerto, inscripcion, orientacion) + alojamiento en familia en Baramka

Francisco Liano  

Espana – Cadiz

medico

 

 

3 meses

Package de servicios Arabesk: asistencia en formalidades y proceso de inscripsion en Universidad de Damasco + alojamiento en Living & Practising

Adrian Masip

Espana – viviendo en Abu Dhabi

arquitecto

 

Agosto

3 semanas

Package de clases privadas 4 horas al dia, con 2 profesores particulares + alojamiento en Living & Practising

Carmen

Espana - Alicante

Profesora de arabe en EOI

 

Agosto

1 mes

Alojamiento en familia en Abu Rumana + clases particulares

Rosa Martinez

Espana - Granada

 

56

 

2 semanas

Package 2 horas al dia curso privado + alojamiento en familia

Manuel Mane

Espana - Madrid

 

24

finales Junio

6 meses

Package completo de Estudios en laUniversidad de Damasco + servicios Arabesk (acogida, instalacion, inscripcion, Iqama permiso de residencia, asistencia) + alojamiento en Living & Practising

Cristian Far

Espana – Madrid - Guadalajara

 

19

Julio

1 mes

Curso de verano en Universidad de Damasco + alojamiento en "Living & Practising (alojamiento con un tutor)".

Maria Dolores Cespedes

Espana - Granada

 

55

Julio

1 mes

Curso de Árabe particular 2 horas al dia + alojamiento en familia en Afif

Sandra Sesmero

Espana - Madrid

Estudiante

20

finales Junio

1 mes

 

Isabel Palomo

Espana - Madrid

Estudiante

21

finales Junio

1 mes

Package completo curso de Árabe en Universidad de Damasco + alojamiento en familia + clases particulares compartidas 3 dias a la semana.

Maria Laburu & Maria Astrid

Espana - Madrid

Estudiantes en traducción e interpretación

19 / 20

21 Junio

1 mes

Package completo Estudios de Árabe en la Universidad de Damasco + alojamiento en familia en Baramka + clases particulares compartidas

Ana Municio

Espana - Madrid

estudiante

23

Julio 09

2 meses

Cursos de Árabe en Universidad de Damasco + alojamiento en familia + clases particulares 3 veces a la semana.

 

- East Europe :    4        students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Michal Pesta

Poland – working in Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

Kamila Cermakova

Czech – Hradec Kralove

International relation student

21

end June

1 month

Package of arabic private instruction course 2h / day + family accommodation.

Jana Kostrounova

Czech - Plzen

Czech – Arabic interpreter

23

end June

2 months

 

Helena

Czech

 

 

 

 

Private lessons 2h / a day (40h / month)

 

- France :      13      students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Virginie Amehame

Dubai - France

Medecins sans Frontieres

 

25 Dec

9 days

Private course package with family accommodation

Karim Houdrouge

France - Senegal

 

 

10 Nov

3 mois

Stage de langue arabe a Universite de Damas + cours particuliers intensifs 2h par jour + logement en Living & Practising.

Nassima Sellah

France

 

 

Oct

6 mois - 1 an

Logement en famille uniquement et acceuil a l’aéroport

Nadia Talbi

France – Nouvelle Caledonie

 

 

mi Oct

4 mois

 

Nabile Mestari

France - Annemasse

 

 

1 Oct

1 mois

 

Bianca Nativel

France – Paris – La Reunion

 

41

19 Sept

3 mois

 

Christian Guillaume

France

 

 

 

 

 

Luc Boyer

France

diplomate

 

 

 

 

Olivier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvon Breda

France – Aubervillers 93

Professeur de francais

32

Aout  2009

1 mois

Package Etudes d'arabe a Université de Damas + logement "Living & Practicing"

Kandia Minty

France – Paris – Les Ulis

Etudiante terminale

19

25 Juin

3 mois

Stage de langue arabe a Abu Nur + cours particuliers intensifs 2h par jour + logement dans famille a Muhajirin

Alain Vignier

France

 

 

 

 

 

Maryama

France

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Belgium :     7     students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Marjolein

Belgium - Antwerp

 

 

22 Nov

3 weeks

 

Marco Perolini

Italian – living in Bruxelles

 

 

 

 

 

Bart Coppens

Belgium - Vorst

International settlement bank

34

25 July

1 month

Comprehensive package Arabic Studies in Damascus University + private lessons 2h/d + accommodation in "Living & Practicing (Living with a teacher)"

Alicia More

Belgium - BXL

Student

 

end July

2,5 mois

 

Barnaby Quick

Belgium - BXL

Work in corporate bank

26

end June

1 mois

 

Greet Van Dommelen

Belgium -Anvers

Shipping company – international contracts

24

March 2009

1 month

Package complet Combinaison Etudes d'arabe a Université de Damas + cours particuliers + logement dans famille a Baramka.

Antoinette Dutilleux

Belgique  Mamely

 

 

since Oct 2008

1 year

Family accommodation search. Family in Abu Rumana for 7 months

 

- Italy :          7    students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Gabrielle Gamberini

Italy -

 

 

3 January 2010

1 month

 

Francesca Tambara

Italy

 

 

12 Dec

3 weeks

 

Marco Perolini

Italian – living in Bruxelles

 

 

 

 

 

Federica Marsi

Italy – Milano

 

 

 

 

 

Benedetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matteo Colombo

Italy – Milano

Student in Oxford University

22

21 June

1 month

 

Alexander Bevilacqua

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giulia Toscano

Italy - Venecia

Student

 

19 April

1 month

 

 

 

- Others Europe (Austria, Holland , …):         3    students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Rebeca

Germany – living in Dubai

 

 

 

 

 

Albert de Boer

Holland

 

 

 

 

Airport transfer upon arrival + advises on studies + accommodation with others students and a tutor

Isabella Salburg

Austria – Vienna

 

 

 

1 month

Package Studies in Damascus University + accommodation in Syrian family

 

North America :    17  students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

David Aleck

 

Doctor

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Randall

 

Student

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Zellner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Staight

 

 

 

October

6 months

Accommodation in Arabic environment in “Living & Practicing”

Christopher Cook

Georgia

Student

24

21 August

1 year

Second time in Damascus

Siavash Samei

USA – Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Schuyler

USA – NC

 

 

 

 

 

Cory Frey

USA – Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

Mohana Rajakumar Phongsavan

USA living in Qatar

consultant

30

end June

1 month

Combination package Damascus Univ + Arabic private course + family accommodation

Alexander Bevilacqua

Italian – studying in Princeton

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Stein

Wisconsin- Appleton

 

 

 

 

 

Marie Bush

San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Heinzelman

SF

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Payne

Los Angeles

 

59

April 2009

 

 

Rumaldo Escamilla

Houston

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee Thomson

Colorado

Just graduated

22

January

3 months or +

 

Rick Dyer

Colorado - Hawai

 

45

January 09

5 months or more

 

Matthew Ong

Los Angeles

 

 

Since Sept 2008

 

 

Christopher Cook

Georgia

 

 

Since May 2008

 

 

 

 

Gulf Countries (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar …):      6     students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Virginie Amehame

Dubai - France

Medecins sans Frontieres

 

25 Dec

9 days

Private course package with family accommodation

Adrian Masip

Abu Dhabi – Spain

Architect

 

 

3 weeks

Package private tuitions 4 hours per day + accommodation in Living & Practicing (living with a tutor)

David Crosbie

Dubai – Canada

English teacher

 

 

3 weeks

Package private teacher + accommodation in Living & Practicing (living with a tutor)

Mohana

Qatar - USA

 

 

 

1 month

Package 1 course in Damascus University + private lessons + family accommodation

Rebeca Malatesta

Dubai – Germany

 

 

 

10 days

Private course + family accommodation

Katrina Wilson

Qatar – UK

Lawyer

 

 

1 month

 

 

Miscellaneous (Canada, Australia , Russia , Sth America ):        8     students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Marcelo Orazi

Argentina

 

56

9 November

2 weeks

Package private course 3 hours a day

Julie Pharand

Canada - Quebec

Humanitarian for Red Cross CICR

36

8 Sept

3 mois

 

Jaron Sutton

Australia - Melbourne

 

27

mid August

6 months

 

Brian Brennan

Australia - Sydney

University professor

 

 

 

 

David Crosbie

Canada – living in Dubai

English teacher

 

 

 

 

Arkady

Russia - Jordan

 

32

Mid April

1 month

 

Bettina Tam

Hong Kong – Canada – student at Swarthmore 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Villarroel

Colombia – living in Sudan

ONU – WFP

27

February

1 or 2 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 = around 60 students and much more to confirm for 2008

Europe (Scandinavia, Swiss, Uk, Spain, Italy, France, others (Belgium, Czech Rep, Germany ..))
North America
Miscellaneous (Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Korea, ….)

Europe (Scandinavia, Swiss, Uk, Spain, Italy, France, others)
- Scandinavia

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Bjorn Berggren

Sweden Stockholm

Case officer for the Swedish Migration Board

29

Nov

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramkah.

Gina

Denmark-Copenhagen

Student

64

Nov

1 month

Arabesk Studies in private tuitions 3 weeks.

Peter Erixon

Norway - Oslo

Student

34

Nov

3 weeks

Package Arabesk Studies in private tuitions 4 h a day, 2 weeks & services package.

Martti Kari

Finland-Helsinki

Teacher

46

end Oct

3 weeks

Package Arabesk private tuitions, 4 h a day, 3 weeks & services package.

Vivian Scott Hansen

Demark - Ronne

Student and Professor

50 -s

April

10 days

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher 4h/d& services package + accommodation in Danish Isnstitute.

  

- Swiss

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Marion Moussadek

  

Switzerland Geneva

Translator

29

Nov

1  month

accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajireen.

Anais Antreasyan

Switzerland - Geneva

Student in Geneve Univ.

22

Oct

10 months

Family accommodation for 3 months in Baramka city center (Umm Abdo).

Maggy Gasparini

Switzerland   - Morrens

Teacher

62

July

4 weeks

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher 4h/d & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin Umm Anas.

Laura Huser

Switzerland Luzern

Student

25

July

1 -2 years

Full Arabesk Studies in Abu Nur + private teacher 2h/d & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajireen (Hala).

Daniela Michelin Khiyar

Switzerland - Wikon

SAP Specialist

26

March

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in

  

- UK

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Barbara Zeitler

Uk - London

Ph.D in History of Art

42

Dec

2  weeks

Package Arabesk Studies in private tuitions 6 h a day, 2 weeks  & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Baramekah.

Adam Marley

Uk Newcastle

Graduate BA (Hons.) History

21

Dec

6 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + private lessons + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramekah.

Bilal Ameet Shah

Uk - London / Surrey

Interpreter and Arabic student in Westminster Univ.

28

mid Oct

10 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package.

Mark Sambrook

Uk - London

Lawyer

35

end Sept

2 weeks

Very intensive Studies in private tuitions, 6 h a day, 2 weeks & services package. Accommodation in Oriental Arabic Hotel Talisman.

James Healy

Uk - London

Student

26

Sept

1 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + private lessons + accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 6 weeks in Baramkah.

Oliver Kalbian

Uk – London

Student

17

July

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Abu Nur + private teacher & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka city center.

Daniel Rathwell

Uk - London

Student

23

July

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in  private teacher & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka city center.

Christopher Phillips

UK - London

Student Ph.D. London School of Economics LSE

25

Aug

6 months -1 year

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + Damascus University + private lessons 2h/d + accomm. in "Living & Practising" in Baramka city center.

Susan Leedham

Uk -Southampton

Financial Research Manager

52

April

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher  4h/d &  services package .

Tiina Pillau

Estonia /  Uk - London

SOAS student at Univ of London

33

May

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezzeh.

Patricia Tricker

Uk – Bedale

Translator and Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

60

March

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher 4h/d & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Midan.

Adam Khan

Uk - London

Graduate student at SOAS

25

Jan

4 months

accommodation in “Living & Practising” in Baramka district + private tuitions 3 days a week / 2h, for Kitab Al Asasi and Grammar (book al Nahu al wadih).

  

- Spain

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Marcos Martinez

Spain - Zaragoza

Graduated in Arabic language

30

Oct

1 year

Accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 2 months + private lessons for one month.

Jessica

Spain - Barcelona

Student

24

Oct

6-9 month

Assistance for registration in Arab European University and for accommodation in Family at Qanawati district

Alejandro

Spain - Gerona

Student

30

Oct

3-5 months

Assistance in accommodation search. 

Rut Gomez Sobrino

Spain - Cordoba

Journalist and works for Ann Lindht Foundation - Euromedalex

30

April

4 months

Assistance in family accommodation search. 

  

- Italy

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Elisa Alghisi

Italy - Brescia

Student of Foreign Languages at Venice Univ

22

Feb 08

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezzeh.

Chiara Cazzariga

Italy - Roma

M.A in journalism & Graduate of Arabic language and Civilization.

28

July

 3 weeks

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher 4h/d& services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezzeh.

Renato Sabbadini

Italy Roma / Belgium

Assistant to a member of the European Parliament

41

Aug

3 weeks

Full Package Arabesk Studies in private lessons 4h/d + accomm. in "Living & Practising" in Midan Bab Mussalah.

  

- France

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

David Defelix

France – living in Spain

Student

27

Oct

1 year

Accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 1 month in Baramka city center.

Cecile Chevallier

France - Paris

Student of Sociology

22

 Aug

1 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University +  accommodation in "Family" for 1 month in Baramekah.

Hedi Aouidj

France-Arcachon

Student Bac in politic sciences

31

End May

7 months

Package Arabesk Studies in Abu Nur + private lessons + services.

Yacine + Mohamed

France-Nimes

IT manager

24

May

8 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies + accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 3 months in Midan Bab Musalah +Baramkah.

  

- Others

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Barbara Zeitler

Germany / Uk - London

Ph.D in History of Art

42

Dec

2  weeks

Package Arabesk Studies in private tuitions 6 h a day, 2 weeks  & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Baramekah.

Norman

Germany

engineer

40

Oct

7 months

Private teacher 3 days a week.

Lukas & Veronika

Czech Rep. – Prague

Student

24

Aug

5 months

Assistance in registration in Arab European University.

Konrad Otrebski

Poland – Warsaw

Student in Economics and Business Adm.

20

Aug

3 months

"Living & Practising" accommodation for 3 months in Baramka city center.

Charlotte Debruyne

Belgium-Ghent

Graduate student in law

25

Aug

1.5 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Abu Rumana (Qanawati).

Renato Sabbadini

Belgium/ Italy

Assistant to a member of the European Parliament

41

Aug

3 weeks

Full Package Arabesk Studies in private lessons 4h/d + accomm. in "Living & Practising" in Midan Bab Mussalah.

Vera Subasi

Czech Rep – Prague / Vienna

Student in Vienna university

28

July

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher 2h/d & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezzeh (Samira Midani)

Katerina Apostolides

Greece - Usa – NY

Student B.A., Yale Univ

23

Oct

6 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Abu Rumana (Qanawati).

Tiina Pillau

Estonia /  Uk - London

SOAS student at Univ of London

33

May

1 month

Accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin.

Robert Van Stuijvenberg

Czech Rep – Prague

Student of Business academy  and works as IT security manager

22

End March

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher 4h/d & services package.

  

North America

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Katerina Apostolides

Usa NY / Greece

Student B.A., Yale Univ

23

Oct

6 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Abu Rumana (Qanawati).

Ozlem Gemici

Usa - Turkey

Student in Oberlin Univ.

21

Sept

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + family accommodation in Mezze (Madame Midani).

Diana Partridge

Usa / France - Paris

Student in Politic Sciences (Sciences Po)

23

Aug

1 month

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + private lessons + accommodation in "Family" for 1 months in Midan (Umm Samer).

Lisa Butenoff

Usa NY / Minnesota

Student of  international affairs

30

July

1.5 month

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + private lessons + accommodation in "Family" for 1.5 month in  Mujhajireen (Umm Anas).

Diana Esposito

Usa NY

Middle Eastern Studies -  Havard Univ

23

July

1 month

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + accommodation in "Family" for 1 month in Baramka.

Yevgenia Arutyunyan

Usa Charlotte NC / Russia

Graduate student Wake Forest Univ + Humanities Teacher at high school

30

End June

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher + Calligraphy course & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajrin Umm Anas.

William Van Heuvelen

Usa Maryland

Middle Eastern studies - Middlebury college

19

End June

6 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies in + Damascus University + accomm. in "Living & Practising" in Midan Bab Musalah (1 month).

Ben Reed

Usa - Durham

Student at Duke Univ.

22

June

6 – 8 weeks

Full Arabesk Studies in private teacher 4h/d & services package + accomm. in "Living & Practising" in Baramkah.

Kiarash & his friend

Usa Louisville, Kentucky

Student of Medicine

24

May

3 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies + private lessons + accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 3 months in Baramkah.

Dan Brown

Usa Ohio - Indiana

Student  B.A. in Russian and Arabic, Notre Dame Univ

22

May

7 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Abu Nur + private lessons + accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 7 months in Midan Mujtahid Bab Musalah.

Molly Clark Flynt

Usa – Williamstown, MA

Student at Williams Univ

21

July

2 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Abu Rumana.

Catherine Migden-Ostrander

Usa – Columbos, Ohio

Student of Diplomacy & Business , works for NGO

23

Feb

4 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Baramekah.

Toba Hellerstein

Usa NYC/Seattle

Student of International Relations

20

Jan

4 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package .

  

Miscellaneous:

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Nishi Yoshitaka

Japan

Student

30

Sept

3 months

Assistance in accommodation search. 

Mauro Alejandro

Argentina – Buenos Aires

Businessman

28

Sept

2 months

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Arab European University + private lessons + accommodation in "Living & Practising" for 2 months in Midan Mujtahid.

Ozlem Gemici

Usa Turkey

Student in Oberlin Univ.

21

Sept

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + family accommodation in Mezze (Midani).

Victor Manuel

Mexico – Puebla

International Affairs Student + German language teacher

22

End June

1.5 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private teacher & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka city center.

Gennady Kurin

Russia  - Uk – London

Student of BSc Economics.

20

End June

1 month

Full Package Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + accomm. In "Living & Practising" in Midan Bab Musalah.

Muhammad Imran

Malaysia

Student

27

May

1 month

Private tuitions 2h / day for 1 month.

Kee Og Shin

Rep of Korea

Student

44

Dec

3 months

Assistance for accommodation search.

   

 

Year 2007   

2006  (54 students) 

2005     (53 students)      

2004   (35 students)    

  

Classification per countries

  

General information on students about  periods,     levels,   ages and some references

  

1) Period:

Normal average period = 2-3 months (for long periods, average of 6 months) 

The shortest period = Karen (usa in UAE, came twice 8 and 10 days), Catherine (ONU NY, 10 days), Giacomo (Swiss, 3 weeks), Ben (Hong Kong, came twice, 14 days), Margit (Denmark, 3 weeks), Ruth (Germany – Cyprus, 1 week).   

The longest period = Rashid from Switzerland (initially 1 year (2004), but stay 3), Najim (France, 9 months), Diana (Indianapolis, 8 months), Even (Norway, 8 months), Bart (Austin Texas, one year or more), Joel (Oberlin, 6 months) 

The best students (the ones that learned very fast) = Mujeeb from NY, Shane from Berkeley, Even from Norway (8 months, incredibly fast!, from zero, after few months he could speak fluently), Richard (Princeton), Pelle from Denmark (19 year old, amazing!),   Brian from Australia (60 year old, 4 weeks, excellent), Elias from France (3 weeks).   

2) Level

The ones that came with level zero: David & Wendy from Kentucky, Torbjorn & Even from Norway, Adam from WDC, Bernhard from Georgetown, Katrin from Germany, Mariona from Spain, Bart from Texas. 

The ones that came with good, strong Arabic: Shane from Berkeley, Joe from Harvard, Nathanael from Georgetown, Isabel from Spain, Martina from Switzerland, Cristina from Barcelona, Juan from Spain, Jean Claude from France, Victoria from Georgetown, Liza from St Louis Univ, Cole from Princeton, Nora from Germany, Elizabeth – Owais & Alison (3 from Middlebury), Zoe from Duke Univ., Joel from Swarthmore Univ.   

The most intensive studies in private tuitions: Giacomo from Switzerland (4h a day), Ben from Hong Kong (4h day), Bernhard from Georgetown (6h a day), Jean Claude from France (4h a day), Elias from France (4h a day), Marc from Spain (4h a day).

  3) Age: 

- normal average age: 22-25   

- The youngest ones = Ibn Ayyub (Uk, 19), Jonathan from (usa, 17), Pelle from Denmark (19), Andreas (Germany-Holland, 20), Alison (usa, Middlebury, 20),

  - The oldest ones (our seniors) = Jo Ann from Seattle (60), Isabel from Spain (60), Adrian from Lausanne (56), Maren from Germany (47), Margit from Denmark (60), Jean Claude from France (60), Emma from Chile (73), Ruth from Germany - Cyprus (46), Brian from Australia (58), Magdalena from Spain (48).   

The best persons (the most friendly!!) = Karim from France, Even from Norway, Mujeeb from NY, Peter from Sweden, Sharunas from Lithuania, Richard from Princeton, Thor from Norway, Pelle from Denmark, Ruth from Cyprus, Victoria (WDC), Liza and Cole (Princeton) from States, Ben from Hong Kong, Brian from Australia, Elias & David from France, Jarmo from Finland, Eva Yi Ping from Taiwan, Omar Ali from Spain-Uk,  and many many others. In Arabesk, we are proud to receive the friendliest students of Damascus.   

the ones that came again: Adrian (Swiss: 6 times: April 05, Sept 05, Feb 06, Sept 06, Nov 06 and Feb 2007), Karim (France), Isabel (Spain: Sept 05, Jan 06), Ben (Hong Kong: July 05 and July 06), Ruth (Cyprus-Germany: June 06 + Oct 06).

Some references:

Joel Blecher

usa – Oberlin

Arabic student in Swarthmore Univ.

24

16 Oct

6 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University course & services package for 2,5 months + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka district.

Omar Ali de Unzuaga

Spanish / UK – Cambridge

doctorate student in Islamic philosophy in Cambridge University

  

17 Oct

3 weeks

Package Arabesk Studies in private tuitions 3 h a day, 6 days a week, 3 weeks & services package.

Brian Brennan

Australia – Sydney

University lecturer on Ancient Archeology

58

July

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in intensive private tuitions 4 hours a day + services package + "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

Jarmo Pikkujamsa

Finland – living in Bruxelles

preparing a PhD in literature in SOAS London

39

20 August

1 month

Intensive private tuitions (3 hours per day, 4 weeks)

Zoe Baer

usa – Durham NC

student in Duke University

20

Mid Sept

4 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin.

Allison West

usa – VT

student in Middlebury

20

Mid Sept 

3,5 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene families in Muhajirin.

Elizabeth Huntley

usa – VT

student in Middlebury

21

Mid Sept 

3,5 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene families in Mezze district.

Cole Bunzel

usa – California

college sophomore student - Near Eastern Studies/Politics major at Princeton University

20

June 06

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

Victoria Zyp

usa – Ohio - WDC

graduate student in Arabic language, Georgetown University

25

20 May

3 months

Full Arabesk studies in Damascus University monthly courses & services package + private tuitions + accommodation in family (with food) in Midan - Mujtahid

Anja Prodoehl.

  

Swiss – Berne

Humanitarian Aid multilateral section, Department of Foreign Affairs

32

May

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies & services package (studies in Damascus Univ + light private tuitions + family accommodation.  

Bernhard Kirchner

  

usa – WDC

graduate student in International Affairs, Georgetown University

28

May 06

3 weeks

Intensive Arabesk Studies 6 hours a day with 3 different teachers + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan - Zahira.

Richard Payne

  

Usa – Texas

student in Princeton University

23

Mid July 05

4 weeks

"Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer, residence permit) + intensive private tuitions (4 h per day) + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

David Défélix

France, working in Spain – Madrid

French embassy in Madrid

26

end October

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University course & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka district.

2007 =   4     students for the moment         and much more to confirm

Winter 2007  (Jan, Feb, March 2007)     

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

Magdalena Chamorro

Madrid - Spain

  

48

26 Dec

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Abu Nur Institute + private tuitions 3 days a week / 2h & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin

Adam Khan

Uk - London

Graduate student at SOAS

25

Jan

4 months

accommodation in “Living & Practising” in Baramka district + private tuitions 3 days a week / 2h, for Kitab Al Asasi and Grammar (book al Nahu al wadih).

    

2006 =    54 students

 Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec)= 12 students     

Summer 2006  (June, July, August) = 23 students

Spring 2006  (April, May) = 6 students

Winter 2006(Jan, Feb, March 2006) = 13 students     

Autumn 2006 (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec)=  12     students

  

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

When

Length

Packages

1) Ruth Veh-Ioannou

German living in Cyprus – Limassol

language teacher and tourist guide

46

28 Oct

1 week

Package Studies in private tuitions (3 hours a day). Second time in   Damascus with Arabesk (first time June 2006).

2) David Défélix

France, working in Spain – Madrid

French embassy in Madrid

26

end October

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University course & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka district.

3) Eva Yi Ping

Taiwan – Taipei

English language teacher

29

End October

1,5 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in modest Damascene family in Midan district.

4) Rino Finamore

Italy – Roma

Foreign Literatures and languages student

26

16 Oct

4 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University course & services package

5) Joel Blecher

usa – Oberlin

Arabic student in Swarthmore Univ.

24

16 Oct

6 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University course & services package for 2,5 months + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Baramka district.

6) Omar Ali de Unzuaga & family

Spain / UK – Cambridge

doctorate student in Islamic philosophy in Cambridge University

  

17 Oct

3 weeks

Package Arabesk Studies in private tuitions 3 h a day, 6 days a week, 3 weeks & services package.

7) Bart Yarborough

usa – Austin Texas

Graduated in History

24

21 Sept

6 months up 1 year

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package.

8) Eric Monkaba

usa – NY

Student in Arabic

26

mid Sept

1 month

accommodation in “Living & Practising” in Midan – Zahira district.

9) Zoe Baer

usa – Durham NC

student in Duke University

20

Mid Sept

4 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin.

10) Allison West

usa – VT

student in Middlebury University

20

Mid Sept 

3,5 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene families in Muhajirin.

11) Elizabeth Huntley

usa – VT

student in Middlebury University

21

Mid Sept 

3,5 months or more

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene families in Mezze district.

12) Owais Gilani

Pakistan - Australia

student in Middlebury University

20

Mid Sept 

3,5 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in “Living & Practising” in Midan – Zahira   district.

  

Summer 2006  (June, July, August) = 23 students

  

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

13) Jarmo Pikkujamsa

Finland – living in Bruxelles

preparing a PhD in literature in SOAS London

39

20 August

1 month

Intensive private tuitions (3 hours per day, 4 weeks)

14) Marc Extrana

Spain – Barcelona

NGO project expert

29

Mid August

2 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (4 hours per day, 10 days, with 2 different teachers) + "Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer, accommodation search).

15) Mariona

Spain – Barcelona

department of International relations in Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluña.

24

Mid August

3 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (4 hours per day, 3 weeks, 15 days) + "Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer, accommodation search).

16) Elias Messaoudi

France - Paris

Audit

26

August

3 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (4 hours per day, 3 weeks) with 2 different teachers + "Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer) + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan - Zahira.

17-18) Muhsin Yunus & his wife Anisa

Uk – London

Students

24

August

3 months

Private course Tawjid, 2h per day, 5 days a week, 1 month (40 h). Second month, 40 h of Usul Din + Fiqh. For her, private course in Sept, arabic language, 1 month, 2h per day with a female private teacher + assistance in accommodation search + excursions to Palmyra and Bosra.

19) Susanna

  

Spain – Palma de Mallorca

  

39

August

3 weeks

assistance in accommodation search in family + private tuitions during 2 weeks + trip.

20) Asha Sharif

Uk – London

Teacher

23

August

1 month

assistance in family accommodation search, in the city center in Baramka. Now, our Arabesk representative in Uk – London.

21) Nora Schmidt

Germany – Berlin

Arabic, philosophy and German literature student

21

August

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze.

22) Ben Simpfendorfer

Hong Kong (Australian)

Economist - Second time in Damascus with Arabesk (first time July 2005).

32

23 July

2 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (3 hours per day, 11 days) + "Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at airport, car transfer) + Accommodation in "Living & Practising" in the city center.

23) Maria Aurora

Spain – Madrid

university student – librarian

26

9th July

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + Damascene family in Mezze.

24) Virginia Arrieta Delgado

Spain – Madrid

3rd year in Arabic philology student

28

11th July

2 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + Damascene family in Muhajirin.

25) Brian Brennan

Australia – Sydney

University lecturer on Ancient Archeology

58

July

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in intensive private tuitions 4 hours a day + services package + "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

26) Andreas Krieg

German studying in Holland – Maastricht

European Studies, International Relations and Political Science student

20

July

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

27) Naiara Santos

Spain – Bilbao

student

26

end June

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Abu Nur courses.

28-29) Mariam Hussein + her friend Efat

Uk – London

mathematics student

23

July 2006

1.5 month

Full Arabesk Studies & services package + studies in Univ + accommodation in family in Mezze.

30) Liza Baron

  

usa – Saint Louis

Saint Louis University

22

mid June

1.5 month

Full Arabesk services package + studies in IFEAD Damascus, + private tuitions 2h per day, 5 days a week, 1 month) + accommodation in family in Muhajirin. 

31) Nabil Ali

usa – WDC

George Washington University

21

mid June

3 months

Full Intensive private course for Al Kitaab fi Taalum (Georgetown University, Brustad / Al Batal, 3h per day, 5 days a week, 3 months) + Arabesk services package.

32) Katrin

Germany - Koblenz studying in usa WDC

student in Georgetown University

32

June

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin.

33) Cole M Bunzel

usa – California

college sophomore student - Near Eastern Studies/Politics major at Princeton University

20

June

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

34) Mickael Reza Vasram

  

  

France – Paris

university student in politics

23

June

3 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University + private tuitions & services package.

35) Ruth Veh-Ioannou

  German living in Cyprus – Limassol

language teacher and tourist guide

46

June

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies in private tuitions (3 hours a day) & services package.

  

  

Spring 2006(April, May) = 6 students     

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

36) Victoria Zyp

usa – Ohio - WDC

graduate student in Arabic language, Georgetown University

25

20 May

3 months

Full Arabesk studies in Damascus University monthly courses & services package + private tuitions + accommodation in family (with food) in Midan - Mujtahid

37) Anja Prodoehl.

  

Swiss – Berne

Humanitarian Aid multilateral section, Department of Foreign Affairs

32

May

1 month

Full Arabesk Studies & services package (studies in Damascus Univ + light private tuitions + family accommodation.  

38) Emma Ananias

Chile – Los Angeles

retired teacher

72

May

2 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Abu Nur courses + family accommodation in Ruk Din.

39) Bernhard Kirchner

  

usa – WDC

graduate student in International Affairs, Georgetown University

28

May

3 weeks

Intensive Arabesk Studies 6 hours a day with 3 different teachers + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan - Zahira.

40) Anne Holding-Parsons Dumas

Uk – France

student in SOAS University

  

  

  

Assistance in family accommodation search and trips.

41) Margit Smedemark

Hansen – Denmark

Open University of Copenhagen student

60

April

3 weeks

Light private tuitions for 3 weeks.

  

  

Winter 2006(Jan, Feb, March 2006) = 13 students     

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

42) Gregory

  

Nigeria, resident in Italy

  

  

  

  

Assistance in institute registration + trips to Krak des Chevaliers and Palmyra.

43) Sara & Sara

Uk & Australia

  

  

  

  

Assistance in accommodation search in Muhajirin district.

44) Raquel

  

Spain

  

  

  

  

Assistance in accommodation search in Muhajirin.

45) Adrien Kessler   

Switzerland - Lausanne 

school teacher

"young fifties "

end March

several months

Third time in Damascus with Arabesk (April 2005 + Sept 2005).

  

46) Jean Claude Perrin

  

France – Alleins 13

retired secondary school teacher

60

mid March

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + studies in intensive private tuitions 4h a day for 1 month + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan - Zahira. 

47) Pelle Valentin Olsen

  

Denmark- Copenhagen

high school

19

mid-March

3 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies in private tuitions for 1 month then Univ + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan – Zahira.

48) Spencer Witte

  

Usa – Pennsylvania

Middle East Institute in Washington DC

23

Feb

5 months

Studies in private tuitions 3 days a week for 5 month with Univ courses + accommodation.

49) Dianna Holdorf

Usa – Indianapolis

student in Speech Language Pathology

27

end January

1 year

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Damascus University monthly courses + accommodation in family in Muhajirin.

50) Maren Marg

  

Germany- Freiburg

publisher and tourist guide

47

mid Jan

4 months minimum

Full Arabesk Studies private tuitions for 2 months, 4 hours per day & services package + accommodation in family in Baramka (3 months).

51) Isabel de Rodrigo

  

Spain – Madrid

Retired

65

January

3 months

Second time in Damascus with Arabesk. Damascus University courses. Accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze Villat.

52) Fatouma Diop

France – Paris

student in INALCO

25

Jan

6 months

"Assistance Package" (registration in Damascus Univ).

53) Dana Duncan

  

Usa – Kentucky

B.A in English / Creative writing - year old

31

January

7 months

Full Arabesk Studies in Damascus University & services package + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze.

54) Adam Bradley

  

Usa – WDC

  

29

mid Dec

6 months

Full Arabesk Studies & services package (studies in Damascus University + private tuitions), accommodation in "Living and Practising" accommodation for 3 months in Midan – Mujtahid district.

                       

  

  

2005  (53 students)

  

Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) = 10 students   

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

Regula Dutschler

  

Switzerland – Geneve

student of Political Science

  

October

2.5 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies with private teacher 2 hours / 5 days a week while doing an internship at the Swiss Embassy + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze + cooking course.

Cameron

  

Canada – Vancouver / Saudi Arabia

mechanical petroleum engineer

26

  

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + intensive private tuitions course (4 hours per day) + accommodation in "Living and Practising" service accommodation in Midan – Zahira district.

Jo Ann Oliver

  

  

Usa – Seattle

lawyer in criminal defense

61

September

1 year

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Mezze Institute + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin.

Isabel de Rodrigo

Espana – Madrid

Retired

65

mid-September

2 months

Full Arabesk services package in Damascus University + studies with private teacher 2 hours per day / 5 days per week + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze Villat. She will come back in Jan 2006.

Even Nord + Oystein Backelin

Norway – Oslo

students in Social anthropology

21

September

1 year

Full Arabesk services package + course in Damascus University from Beginner to Advanced.

Joanne Waldie

Uk – Edimburg

IT consultant

34

September

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + intensive private tuitions course (3h per day / 2 weeks) + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze district

Lillian

  

Denmark – Copenhagen

student in Arabic language

30

September

4 months

Full Arabesk services package + 3 courses in Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family in Baramka + intensive private course 2h / 5 days a week (4 months).

Torbjorn Askevold

  

Norway – Oslo

student in christian theology

23

September

8 months

Full Arabesk services package + course in Abu Nur Institute for 2 months.

Chad Pacha

Usa – Chicago

Master student in political science

25

September

5 months

Full Arabesk Services & Studies package.  

Summer (June, July, August) = 31 students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

Cristina Rivas

Spain – Barcelona

news programmer on TV channel

31

mid-August

2 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (4 hours per day, 2 weeks) + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze.  

Michael Jennings

  

Usa – Chicago

student in Islamic Archeology in University of Chicago

24

  mid August

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + intensive private course (4 hours per day, 4 weeks) + accommodation in "Living and Practising" service accommodation in Midan – Zahira district.

Monika Winker + Claudia Gluckler

Germany – Freiburg

in their thirties – work in humanitarian or social organizations

  

mid-August

2 weeks

Shared intensive private tuitions (3 hours per day

Yusuf Meyer

  

Austria – Shiebbs

  

  

mid-August

1 month

Private tuitions (2 hours per day)

Eva – Maria – Olga – Josefa

Spain – Tarragona

Arabic students in Escuela Oficial de Idiomas

in their 30ies

August

3 weeks

Intensive private tuitions in group (4 hours per day, 3 weeks)

Juan Martin

     

Spain – Madrid

airport employee & student in Escuela Oficial de Idiomas

37

August

1.5 month

Full Arabesk services package + course in Mezze Institute + private tuitions 2h per day / 2 weeks in Sept + "Living & Practising" accommodation in Midan – Mujtahid district.

  Zuzka Burgerova

Czech Rep. – Plzen

student political science and Middle Eastern studies

22

August

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + course in Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze.  

Xerses Sidhwa

  

Usa – Houston

graduate student from Michigan University

27

25 July

1.5 month

Only shared accommodation search with other Arabesk students in Midan Zahira district

Giacomo

  

Switzerland – Berne

program officer, Humanitarian Aid multilateral section, Department of Foreign Affairs

32

25 July

3 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (6 hours per day, 3 weeks) + "Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer to accommodation, residence permit) + Accommodation in "Living & Practising" in the city center, Khalid Ibn al Walid Street.

Ben Simpfendorfer

  

Hong Kong (Australia / Melbourne)

economist

32

23 July

2 weeks

Intensive private tuitions (6 hours per day, 10 days) + "Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer, accommodation search) + Accommodation in "Living & Practising" in the city center, Khalid Ibn al Walid Street.

Richard Payne

  

Usa – Texas

student in Princeton University

23

mid July

4 weeks

"Assistance Package Arabesk" (meeting at the airport, car transfer, residence permit) + intensive private tuitions (4 h per day) + accommodation in "Living & Practising" in Midan Zahira district.

Beth Hepworth

Uk – Durham

student Ba in Arabic, French and Middle Eastern politics

21

mid-July

1.5 month

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin + studies with private teacher.

Nuria Samper

  

Spain – Barcelona

language teacher

53

mid-July

1.5 month

Complete package of services + course in Damascus University + Accommodation in Damascene family in the city center Baramka.

Philippe Zimmerman

Switzerland – Tannay

student

  

  

  

calligraphy private course.

  

  

Tim Lawrence

usa – WDC

graduate student from Johns Hopkins University

32

July

  

Booked only Accommodation Search and registration assistance.

Eliska Maderova

  

Czech Rep. – Novy Bor

student political science and Middle Eastern studies

22

beginning July

3 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene Family in Muhajirin district.

Siovana El Nashir

  

usa – Denver

social worker

45

July

  

Booked only family accommodation search and Arabesk trips (Bosra, Krak des Chevaliers & Palmyra) 

Sharunas Paunksnis

Lithuania – Kaunas

graduate student of International Relations Vytautas Magnus University

23

July

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Damascus Univ + "Living & Practising" accommodation in Midan – Mujtahid district.

Fatma & Luqman & Is-hak

  

Benin – Cotonou

mother with her 15 and 10 year old sons

  

July

2 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Arabic Institute for foreigners + kindergarten for the young child.

John + Jibrail

  

Uk -Ireland – London – Belfast

  

57 + 45

Beg July

1 month

"Assistance Package" (airport transfer upon arrival, registration in British Council, residence permit, accommodation search).

Katrin Naegele

Austria – Vienna

student of Arabic Studies and Political Science

21

end June

2 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Damascus University + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin.

Mark Gerber

Switzerland – Geneve

student

23

end June

2 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies with private teacher 2 hours /5   days a week while doing an internship at the Swiss Embassy + "Living and Practising" service accommodation.

Martina Fuchs

  

Switzerland – Geneve

student of economic history, international relations, Portuguese and Arabic

21

end June

2.5 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies with private teacher 2 h /5 days a week, internship at the Swiss Embassy + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze.

Jonathan McKay

  

Usa Seattle – Dubai

student in American University of Dubai

17

beg. June

3 months

"Assistance Package" (airport transfer, registration in Mezze Institute, residence permit) + "Living and Practising" service accommodation (3 months) in Midan – Mujtahid district.

                          

    

Spring (April, May) = 7  students)

  

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

Shakur & Mohammed Yusuf

  

Uk – London

students

17-19

mid May

1 month

Private teacher, 2 hours a day / 6 days a week on the grammar book "Tuhfatu as Sinia fi Sharh al Ajrumya".

Zaferhusen Ibn Ayyub

Uk – London

student

19

mid April

several years

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Arabic Institute for foreigners

Peter Karl Erdhast

Sweden – Italy - Milano

supervisor in hotel chain

30

mid April

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + Damascus University.

  

Michael Moon

  

Usa – Seattle

student

28

mid April

2.5 months

Full Arabesk services package + Damascus University. "Living and Practising" service accommodation + private teacher 2h/ 5 days a week for 2 months.

Brooke Norman

Usa – Chicago

student in Michigan University

26

mid April

3 months

Full Arabesk services package + Damascus University. + Accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin district

Adrien Kessler

Switzerland - Lausanne 

school teacher

≈ 50

April

2.5 months

Full Arabesk services package + intensive private teacher 3h per day in April – Damascus University courses in May and June. "Living and Practising" service accommodation in Midan – Mujtahid district. Returned in October for 2 months.

  

Winter (Jan, Feb, March) =  5 students

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

Tine Brodum

  

Denmark - Copenhagen 

Student

24

March

1 month

Full Arabesk services package + intensive private teacher 3h per day + accommodation in Damascene family in Mezze district.

Jens

Denmark

  

  

February

  

Private tuitions with Arabesk for one month, 2 hours, 2 times a week.

Amira Victoria

UK - Scotland

student

  

  

22

15 February - August

6 months

Full Arabesk services package + studies in Arabic Institute for foreigners + accommodation in family in Muhajirin district.

Rashid Sardest.

  

Austria - Linz

doctor in hospital

32

February

1 month

"Assistance Package" only (registration in Damascus University, residence permit) + private tuitions with Arabesk for 2h, 3 times a week.

Catherine Bellamy

  

  

Usa – New York

program manager in University of Peace of the United Nations ONU

31

January

10 days

Package of intensive private tuitions with Arabesk (3 hours per day) + accommodation in Damascene family in Muhajirin district and Damascus visits package

2004      (35 students)       

  

Name

Country

Studies / profession

Age

when

Length

Packages

group of 10 Turkish

  

  

  

students