Volunteer in Palestine

Restoration and preservation of the cultural landscape of Hebron and Bethlehem
Hebron and Bethlehem       July 1 - July 10, 2017

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will conduct renovation work in Bethlehem, as well as in nearby Battir, an ancient village that has recently been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Program. The project will also include one day in the Old City of Hebron, where volunteers will carry out renovation work and will visit a local children’s club.

Battir is an ancient village with wonderful landscape and nature, just outside the town of Bethlehem, which has been inhabited since the Iron Age. Battir has a unique irrigation system that utilizes man-made terraces and a system of manually diverting water via sluice gates. The old monuments and water canals of Battir date back to thousands of years, and the landscape resembles the one of the Babylon gardens.

The work will include the following activities:
- Planting trees in different places in Hebron, visiting villages around Hebron city and helping them rehabilitate their lands
- Fun activities with children attending summer camps
- Tours around the old cities of Hebron and Bethlehem: painting, cleaning, and renovating old places
- Renovation work within the village of Battir, including its ancient water canals. This special ancient water system is connected to several natural water sources.
- Assisting the rebuilding of a wall in Battir that leads to an ancient water cistern at the edge of the village. This wall will help locals and visitors reach the water cistern, establishing it as a tourist attraction.
- Renovation work in several locations beside the railway line that was established in the Ottoman Empire and that connected Turkey to Palestine.

Language: English

Cultural activities: The afternoons will be dedicated to a program of educational activities. The aim is to expose volunteers to the reality of life in Palestine. The program will educate volunteers on Palestinian culture and history, and the history of the conflict in the region. The program will include lectures, documentaries, visits to refugee camps in the Bethlehem area and tours of other places of interest. The program will provide many opportunities for interaction with locals. Volunteers will have the opportunity to speak with Palestinian activists and to ask whatever questions they have about the situation in Palestine.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an apartment in Bethlehem.

Location: Hebron and Bethlehem

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Christmas in Bethlehem and restoration of ancient sites
Bethlehem       December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: The project seeks to bring people of various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. The long term goal of the project is to prepare youth to make positive contributions to society through the values of understanding, helping, contributing, tolerance, and respectful coexistence. These goals are achieved through education, awareness, youth empowerment and international volunteer projects.

The volunteers will work in different areas in Bethlehem city. The work includes renovation of old sites near the Church of the Nativity and assisting the Bethlehem municipality in preparing for the Christmas season. The activities involve painting, renovation, restoration, gardening, tree planting, etc.

The volunteer project will be running at Christmas time, and Bethlehem is the best place to celebrate Christmas and to witness this unique cultural experience. The volunteers will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with the Palestinians and express their solidarity with them.

Language: English

Cultural activities: The afternoons will be dedicated to a program of educational activities. The aim is to expose volunteers to the reality of life in Palestine. The program will educate volunteers on Palestinian culture and history, and the history of the conflict in the region. The program will include lectures, documentaries, visits to refugee camps in the Bethlehem area and tours of other places of interest. The program will provide many opportunities for interaction with locals. Volunteers will have the opportunity to speak with Palestinian activists and to ask whatever questions they have about the situation in Palestine.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in apartments in the city of Bethlehem (20 minutes walking distance from the Nativity Church). Men and women stay in separate rooms. The accommodation includes hot water and kitchen with basic equipment.

Location: Bethlehem is considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries. The city has significant value for Christians as it is considered the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospels. Bethlehem is also home to one of the largest Palestinian Christian communities in the Middle East. In addition, Bethlehem has three Palestinian Refugee Camps (Dhisha, Al-Azza and Aaida).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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