Summer 2012: Come to Palestine-Israel!

Not sure what to do this summer? Come to Palestine-Israel! Every summer MCC Palestine’s partners host summer opportunities to volunteer, do advocacy, and learn about occupation. No matter whether it is your first or your tenth time to the region, these programs offer a variety of learning experiences that will not disappoint.

 Bethlehem Bible College – International Students Program/Summer of Service

June 14 – July 11

Application Deadline: April 13

 Summer of Service is an opportunity to meet and share in fellowship with Christians in a land of conflict, to meet with Palestinians and Israelis who are peacefully building toward a just solution and to walk the lands of the Bible. We hope our participants will strive not just to walk where Jesus walked but to do as Jesus did. That’s why we emphasize prayer, fellowship, peace, healing, humility, service and discipleship. Each participant will have the opportunity to: live with a Christian Palestinian host family, see the lands of the Bible, study God’s word, and meet with Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers.

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – Summer Rebuilding Camp

July 1- July 16

Application Deadline: March 1

 Every year hundreds of Palestinians are forced from their homes, homes built on land they own. Since 1967 Israel has demolished more than 26,000 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  Israel’s policy of house demolitions and evictions is illegal under international law. In 2011 Israel demolished more than 500 structures, displacing hundreds of Palestinians. ICAHD rebuilds homes as acts of political resistance, creating alternative facts on the ground.

 Every summer ICAHD organizes a rebuilding camp in the West Bank town of Anata in which dozens of volunteers from around the world join with Palestinians and Israeli activists to rebuild demolished homes. Within two weeks we rebuild an entire home from foundation to roof, and in the process send a message of solidarity to the besieged Palestinian people. We also send a message to the world: We refuse to be enemies; together we resist the Occupation. At the end of the camp international participants return home prepared to act as advocates for a just peace, carrying ICAHD’s vision of what a just and sustainable resolution might look like.

Lajee Center – International Summer Work Camp

July 5-20

Ages: 18-30

 Lajee Center was established in 2000 by a group of volunteers from Aida Refugee Camp to find an environment for the children and the people of the camp to have beneficial activities to develop their skills and knowledge and to meet their talents.

The main goal of the Work Camp is to give the participants the opportunity to meet different types of people with different backgrounds and different stories, to offer them a close up look at the life of Palestinian refugees in the camp, as well as Palestinians life under the occupation. Volunteers will participate in a mixture of activities with the children, the youth of Aida Camp, and the volunteers at Lajee Center.

Sabeel Liberation Theology Center – Young Adult Conference:

Challenging Oppression, on a Donkey: 
Christ, Resistance, and Creative Discipleship

 July 4-15, 2012

Application Deadline: June 1

Every year Sabeel holds an international young adult conference that brings together young Christians from around the world to be with us and engage with people of this land and learn about the realities of life under occupation. This conference continues to be a truly effective example of grass-roots education and a tool for developing Christian fellowship. It also provides participants a first-hand experience with the issues at the heart of the conflict and allows them the chance to reflect with one another in organized debriefing sessions and bible studies.

SIRAJ Center and Palestinian Center for Rapprochement – The Palestinian Summer Celebration

June 17 – August 12

The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine. Learn Arabic and study Palestinian history at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization. The program consists of two terms: June 17th to July 14 th, and July 15th to August 12th. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University (www.bethlehem.edu). Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.

 

 To apply to any of these programs or if you have any questions, please contact the hosting organization directly.

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