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Sign up and join us! Volunteer, Study Arabic and Live with a Palestinian Host Family this Summer!
Deadlines for Session I (Starts in May):
May 1st (Registration Deadline)
May 4th (Final Payment Deadline)
Deadlines for Sessions II and III (Starts June, July):
May 31st (Registration Deadline)
June 2nd (Final Payment Deadline) *
"Before the program, I didn't know a lot about the politics and history affecting the lives of those in the West Bank, and through the summer I came to understand better the daily lives of those who have always known it to be this way. I'm able to discuss the situation in the West Bank clearly to those who see it only through stereotypes and assumptions." See more participant testimonials.
The Palestine Summer Encounter is an extraordinary opportunity to experience daily life in the Palestinian Territories. Participants live with Palestinian host families in Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour; participate in Arabic classes and other academic opportunities (including classes and lectures on nonviolence, comparative religion and the history of the region); volunteer at a local church, nonprofit, media outlet or human rights organization and meet with both Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. Participants can join the program for one, two or all three months.
Middle East Fellowship is offering two opportunities to serve as cultural ambassadors / volunteers in the Middle East this summer:
PALESTINE SUMMER ENCOUNTER
Palestine Summer Encounter (PSE) is a one, two, or three month service learning and cultural immersion program in Bethlehem, Palestine. Participants study Arabic in and outside of the classroom setting, live with a Palestinian host family, meet with both Israeli and Palestinian NGOs and peacemakers and volunteer with one of thirty-seven participating nonprofits and organizations.
Partial scholarships available!
“To Listen, Learn, Encourage, Serve and Support”
DATES: October 14-30, 2011
Annual fall olive crop harvest – serve alongside Palestinians and Israelis to reap the annual olive harvest and help prevent a farmer’s land being expropriated.
A Peace Delegation – Meet with key Arab and Israeli groups working for justice, peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land
A Spiritual Pilgrimage – Visit key biblical & historic sites in Galilee, Joppa, Megiddo, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, Golan Heights, etc.