About the local hosting organizationZajel Youth Exchange Program of the Public Relations Department at An-Najah National University in Nablus-Palestine offers international volunteers the chance to participate in long term voluntary work placements with the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus-Palestine.
About the volunteer workAs a long-term volunteer, you can develop and contribute your skills towards the Zajel program, the general work program consists of the following tasks, you can focus on any of the following training programs that are targeting our university students: -Workshops pass on your knowledge and skills to the local students who are very enthusiastic and eager to learn. you can teach on a wide range of topics that would be of interest to the students such as: public speaking, English conversation, team building, time management, social media, communication skills, music and drama. (see below for details) - Organizing the events of Zajel Program, such as the international summer work camps, study visits, video conferences and others. - Establishing communications in order to build networks and contacts internationally with youth and voluntary organizations from across the globe. - Office Work- be part of a team and participate in all aspects of the Program's tasks and Facilitate with workshop and general office practices.
Local accommodationUniversity flats are available free to volunteers. These are modern and comfortable including cooking facilities, washing machine and satellite TV.
Special info about the foodlocal food
About the project location
Nablus (Arabic نابلس, Hebrew שכם, Shechem) is a large city (population, approximately 125,000) within the Palestinian Territories, located in the Central Highlands of the West Bank, some 63 km north of Jerusalem. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center
Nablus is one of the oldest cities in the world, possibly first established 9000 years ago. It was originally called "Shechem" by its Canaanite and Israelite inhabitants. The Romans built a new city (Flavia Neapolis, in honor of Flavius Vespasian) a short distance from Shechem. The name Nablus comes from Neapolis. The old city of Nablus is located on the site of Neapolis, but in modern times the city has grown to include the site of Shechem as well.
Nablus is distinguished by its location in a narrow valley between the two mountains Gerizim and Ebal. This makes for an impressive view when you are within the city itself.
Schools were first established in the middle of the 19th century during the short reign of Ibrahim Pasha, but maintained their existence in the following years when the Ottomans regained control of the region. On 11 July 1927 the town suffered a major earthquake. Much of the consequent damage to buildings was never repaired, and the ruinous condition of many of them may well have encouraged the inhabitants to move outside the old city to build their new houses, although some new building to the north and west of the old city had already been undertaken before 1927. The arrival of the motor car has increased emigration to the slopes of Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, where new roads allow vehicles the easy access denied them in the hilly and partly-stepped streets of the old city.
During the British Mandate (1918-1948), Nablus became the core of Arab-Palestinian Nationalism, and it was the center of resistance against the British. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War Nablus was occupied by Jordan, and 2 refugee camps were built near the city. In 1967, during the six days war, Nablus was occupied by the Israeli army, the infrastructure of the city was damaged and 3 refugee camps were added to accommodate the people who fled to the city. Jurisdiction over the city was handed over to the Palestinian National Authority on December 12, 1995, as a result of the Oslo Accords Interim Agreement on the West Bank.
During the Second Intifada (2000-2006) Nablus was a center of violence between the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian militant groups. There are many damaged buildings and debris-filled fields around Nablus, the result of past Israeli attacks, but today most of the damage was repaired. Israeli restrictions on the city are generally looser than they used to be, and a visit to Nablus in the daytime is a safe and worthwhile trip.
About the leisure activities possible
to enjoy the local student way of life or to visit the area.
Here are some ideas about what you could visit in the city
We are looking for volunteers that have the following skills :
• Good command of English
• Computer skills
• Interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to work in a team
Extra info about the projectThe duration of the stay is up to the volunteer. He/she can join us any time of the year. Volunteers will receive the accommodation free of charge but will be responsible for their own living costs, i.e. food and transportation.