Internationally, evaluation of group-based trauma recovery programs has relied upon normative outcome measures, with no studies systematically analyzing children's subjective experience for program development. In contrast, the current study explored children's experience of a Gazan recovery program "in their own words." Twenty-four students (7-17 years) were randomly allocated to three focus groups. Analysis involved a quasi-qualitative thematic approach. Students indicated that the program provided a safe place for understanding trauma, managing emotions, and problem solving. A diversity of personal and school/community gains not normally assessed within outcome studies were reported. The study demonstrates the value of incorporating student experiences into program research/design.