Palestine Summer Encounter . . . . . . . . . Holy Land Trust

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, volunteer with one of thirty-seven participating nonprofits and organizations and meet with both Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. For more information please fill out the form below.

Home Rebuilding Option

Travelers participating in the third session of PSE (July 17th to August 14th) will have the opportunity to participate in the 2008 Home Rebuilding Camp during the last two weeks of their stay (August 1st through the 14th). This means that participants will serve at their regular volunteer opportunity the first two weeks and then switch over to the Home Rebuilding camp for the last two weeks of the session. Participants will also need to be an additional $420 fee to participate in the Home Rebuilding Camp (this fee will be spent on materials and equipment needed to rebuild the home).

Dates & Costs

The cost of the Palestine Summer Encounter program depends on which session you choose (see the table below). We strongly recommend that you participate in the program for two or three months but several one month options are also available.

3 Month Option
AMay 22 — August 14
Two Month Options
BMay 22 — July 17
CJune 19 — August 14
One Month Options
DMay 22 — June 19
EJune 19 — July 17
FJuly 17 — August 14

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