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Please note that on Wednesday 19th September there will be no tours.

2019 Study Tour & Volunteer Camp - Jericho

TWO SESSIONS
March 30th - April 13th
October 26th - November 9th
13 days - 12 nights


Early bird fees (More than 6 months in advance): $1990*
Regular fees (Less than 6 months in advance): $2240*
HIGHLIGHTS
 Aqabat Jabr Refugee Camp
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Volunteer work with Palestinian youth - Hands-on work
     >  People to people encounters


 Deep Knowledge Study Tours

     >  Meet Israelis & Palestinians in informal settings

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  Jordan Valley - Jerusalem - Ramallah - Tel Aviv
     >  Jerusalem/Judean Desert - South Hebron Hills
     >  Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar -  Jewish Settlement of Kiriyat Arba

 Visit Engaged Organisations

     >  Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights
     >  Bereaved Families Forum
     >  Hebron Defence Committee
     >  Combatants for Peace
     >  Palestine Negotiation Unit

Up to thirty participants will spend half their time on volunteer work in Aqabat Jabr Refugee Camp in Jericho, and half the time touring and participating in meetings and discussions with Palestinians and Israelis, cityfolk, villagers, settlers, experts and activists.

This intensive camp is designed to bring solidarity and hope to some of the most neglected and oppressed communities in Israel/Palestine, and help the participants become agents for change through building knowledge, developing strategies and motivation.

The project will provide Camp participants with a deep understanding of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a focus on how the occupation has impacted the lives of Palestinians and Israelis. In particular the plight of Palestinian refugees, and the Bedouin of the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem/Judean desert will be highlighted.

Participants will conduct volunteer work with youth of the Refugee Camp through local organisations and schools. The work will be artistic in nature and involve a mural and beautification of facilities used by the youth of the camp.  The exact scope of the work will be determined through meetings in the Autumn of 2018 with youth leaders, teachers, parents and the youth themselves. 

The group will meet in Tel Aviv, the cosmopolitan heart of Israeli economic and cultural life. After spending a day touring and learning in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, participants will be bused across the West Bank to Aqabat Jabr Refugee Camp in Jericho, a trip from the First World to the Third World in only 90 minutes.  The Camp is hosted at at the Aqabat Jabr Hostel, by Eyad Alalem (Sami) and his  family. http://samihostel.com/  

Through the interaction with the youth, teachers and parents of the refugee camp, the participants will build relationships and deepen their understanding of the plight of the 1948 refugees and their descendants. 

Workshops, meetings and discussions will be held with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and politicians, human rights organisations, former combatants, Bedouin villagers, and Israeli settlers. The group tour extensively for some of these meetings, to see some of the infrastructure of Occupation, and also to visit historical and religious sites.

Through these activities and daily de-briefings. the participants will gain the tools to become more effective advocates for a just peace after they return to their home countries.

* Scholarships and financial aid available