Palestine & Israel
How do ordinary people from different regions around the world define peace and reconciliation? What factors do they think are necessary for promoting reconciliation between countries? What do they think are the best ways for achieving peace?
Far too often such contexts are mired in political and religious rhetoric and media bias making hard to grasp and understand the real issues that those living in the region face on a day to day basis.
This programme gives its participants the opportunity to work alongside a diverse range of NGOs and local organisations, exploring the social, religious and political complexities as well unlocking new perspectives through dialogue and trust building exercises.
The programme's goals:
- Provide participants with a genuine understanding of the region from a historical, political, social and environmental perspective
- Provide new volunteering experiences with a range of different local organisations working for peace
- Enhance and develop its participants’ skills in cross-cultural & inter-faith dialogue and perspectives
- Encourage its participants to engage with local communities and individuals, creating positive, transforming and meaningful connections.
Please download our sample itinerary plan [PDF - 72KB] to see how students have spent their time in Palestine and Israel in the past.
Green Olive Tours - This is a social enterprise tour agency providing tours that are informative and analytical, covering the history, culture, and political geography of Palestine (West Bank) and Israel.
Rabbis for Human Rights - Is an Israeli human rights organisation that describes itself as “the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights”.
Alrowwad for Culture and Arts - Alrowwad is an independent, dynamic, community-based, not-for-profit organisation which strives to empower children and women by targeting behavior, knowledge, concepts and practices through creative and non-violent means.
Tent of Nations - Their mission to build bridges between people. They bring different cultures together to develop understanding and promote respect for each other and their shared environment.
Auja Eco Centre - The Auja Eco Center’s team work to protect the landscape and support the people of the valley through environmental education and eco-tourism.
St. Joseph's hospital - Situated in Jerusalem, the hospital is run by Catholic nuns providing basic health care to the local residents.
St. Vincent Guest House - Located in the old city of Bethlehem, the guest house was built with the aim of providing financial support for the crèche and the orphanage, which is managed by the Daughters of the Charity of St. Vincent.