Volunteer in Palestine


Restoration and preservation of the cultural landscape of Hebron and Bethlehem
Hebron and Bethlehem       July 23 - August 2, 2016


Volunteer project: This volunteer project will be carried out in two cities - Hebron and Bethlehem. In Hebron, volunteers will work in the Old City and in a local Children's center, while in Bethlehem, the group will work in the village of Battir and in other parts of the city.

The project seeks to protect and renovate old Palestinian sites, and in particular, Battir - 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 place has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014.

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
- Rehabilitation of old places in Battir, including the very ancient water canals. This special ancient water system is connected to several natural water sources.
- Help rebuilding an ancient wall that leads to the very ancient water cistern at the edge of the village. This wall will help locals and visitors reach the water cistern, which is hoped to become a historical and natural tourist attraction.
- Working on several locations beside the ancient train railway, which at the time of the Ottoman Empire was the main line that connected Turkey to Palestine. The location of the railway is the borderline between Palestine and Israel.

The project will include intensive cultural events that aim at raising the awareness of the volunteers on the history of Palestine and the conflict, in addition to meetings with civil society representatives in both cities that work in social development.

Language: English

Cultural activities: The afternoons will be used to give volunteers an intercultural learning experience, with a focus on exposing the Palestinian culture within the context of the occupation and hopes for the future. This will include visits to refugee camps in the area, tours of places of interest, lectures, and most importantly, interaction with the local people. The volunteers will be able to visit different associations and centers where they can watch documentaries or attend lectures about the situation in Palestine and the Middle East. They will also have the opportunity to speak with Palestinian politicians and activists to open the space for finding answers of all the questions they want to ask. The volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit other cities in the West Bank.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a rented flat while in Bethlehem, and in the local children's center while in Hebron.

Location: Hebron and Bethlehem

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Christmas in Bethlehem and restoration of ancient sites
Bethlehem       December 22, 2016 - January 1, 2017


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 their future and 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 the streets, distribution of booklets and flyers to tourists, decorating walls, etc.

The volunteer project will be running at Christmas time, and Bethlehem is the best place to celebrate Christmas in. 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 used to give volunteers an intercultural learning experience, with a focus on showing them the Palestinian culture within the context of the occupation and hopes for the future. This will include visits to refugee camps in Bethlehem, tours of places of interest, lectures, meeting Palestinian politicians and activists and most importantly, interaction with the local people. The volunteers will be able to visit the different associations and centers in the city where they can watch documentaries about the situation in Palestine and the Middle East. They will also have the opportunity to speak with Palestinian politicians and activists to open the space for finding answers of all the questions they want to ask. The volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit other cities in the West Bank.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in flats in the city of Bethlehem, near the Manger Square, at a 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). The construction of the Israeli apartheid wall has had a severely negative impact on Bethlehem politically, socially, and economically. The wall runs along the northern side of the town's built-up area, within meters of houses in 'A'ida refugee camp on the one side, and Jerusalem on the other.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.