About the local hosting organizationThe project seeks to bring young people from various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. The long-term goal of 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 reaction, youth empowerment and work camps.
About the volunteer workThe volunteers will work in different areas in Bethlehem city. The will be in different locations in and around Bethlehem city; painting, renovation, restoration, gardening, tree planting etc.
Local accommodationThe volunteers will be hosted in flats in Bethlehem (20 minutes walking distance from the Nativity Church) where men and women stay in separate rooms. The accommodation includes hot water and a kitchen with basic cooking equipment. The volunteers will cook by themselves. Tea and coffee will be available all the time. There might be curfew for the work camp, which would be around midnight, unless we have some activities around the church or in the city that night.
About the project locationBethlehem is considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries. The city has significant values for Christians as according to the Gospels it contains the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. Bethlehem is also home to one of 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 severe impact on the city, politically, socially, and economically. The wall runs along the northern side of the town”™s built-up area, within meters of houses in ”a refugee camp on the one side, and the suburbs of Jerusalem on the other. The work camp will run throughout the Christmas period. Bethlehem is the best place to celebrate Christmas and to witness this unique cultural experience. The volunteers will have the opportunity to celebrate the Christmas with the Palestinians and express their solidarity with them. The afternoon will be dedicated to educational activities that will expose volunteers to Palestinian culture and history, and will enable volunteers to understand the realities of life under occupation. 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 who will answer whatever questions they have about the situation in Palestine.