Our programmes connect curious and socially conscious travellers to meaningful causes that make a positive impact in local communities, cultivate cultural awareness, and enable personal development.
Palestine produces around $100 million of olive oil each year and many less advantaged communities rely on the success of the olive harvest. Our Olive Picking and Planting program allows volunteers to develop historical, social, cultural, political and religious understanding of the local area, shares ideas and experience life under occupation.
In the West Bank, over 900 farmers have been granted fair trade and organic certifications. Volunteers will work alongside these farmers and learn all about the ‘Farm to Fork’ process that is practiced there. The program also offers the chance to take part in urban farming, greenhouse farming and rooftop garden projects in refugee camps. All of these projects aim to boost self-sustainability and self-sufficiency in the area.
This program is thoroughly educational and contributes vital work for the survival of local communities.
Throughout Palestine, many young girls are taught the art of traditional embroidery by their mothers and grandmothers. Cross stitch has become a very valuable source of income for many families and although it may be simple, it takes a huge amount of time and patience to perfect it and create beautiful intricate designs.
Our Art and Design volunteer program allows volunteers to share their own experience and ideas in workshops with students who want to benefit from this lucrative skill. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn from Palestinian embroidery from local women.
Street art can be found throughout Palestinian towns and refugee camps. Volunteers will have the chance to be inspired by this form of creative expression and take part in upcycling workshops that will allow you to understand the emotions behind some of these pieces. Working alongside local artists, volunteers will also have the opportunity to teach art classes in refugee camps.
House demolition is not uncommon in Palestine, due to the continuous political turbulence. Naturally, this has resulted in many families suffering trauma and feeling thoroughly displaced. There are several community projects dedicated to providing shelter to families directly affected by the conflict.
Our Construction program allows volunteers to work alongside our partners in the most severely affected areas to erect tents and distribute tools and materials for rebuilding some of the houses. Volunteers will also arrange emergency accommodation and assist with the installation of good clean sanitation in kitchens and bathrooms, strengthening dangerous structures and replacing roofs.
This program is essential to protecting and improving the lives of families, developing communities and giving volunteers an authentic insight into the true effects of the conflict on Palestinian people.
There are around 250 ICT companies in Palestine, and this is a sector that is growing and contributing hugely to the national economy. Recent figures show that around 4 in 10 young people in Palestine are unemployed and good computer skills will no doubt improve this.
In our IT program, volunteers will take part in projects that focus on computer programming, network security, mobile applications and web and graphic design. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to teach the basics of computer programming and IT to young children. There will also be the chance to teach at universities and develop their IT and computer programming departments.
This program is a fantastic way to equip children and young people from less advantaged backgrounds with necessary skills to improve their job prospects.
In Palestine, journalism plays a big role in reaching out the rest of the world, spreading awareness of and gaining assistance for communities in need. Our partners have journalists spread all over Europe and the Middle East including the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
In our Journalism program, volunteers will work alongside Palestinian reporters and news editors who are dedicated to reporting unbiased and objective news. Volunteers will also be breaking news stories, field reporting and work on fact-finding as well as have the chance to write opinion and analysis pieces.
This program is a great way to gain hands-on journalistic experience in the centre of an important news hotspot.
Palestinians have been suffering the effects of horrific human rights abuses by the Israeli occupation for decades and several active laws are inconsistent due to multiple regimes having occupied the land over the centuries. This is an area of Palestinian society that is in desperate need for change.
In our Law and Human Rights program, volunteers will learn about the legal aspect of the conflict and work with organizations to protect human rights and promote the rule of law, promote democracy in Palestine by creating democratic institutions and encourage the Palestinian people to fight for their rights and independence according to international law.
Volunteers will also document human rights violations, advocate for human rights, conduct research, give legal advice and legal counselling and write reports on what’s going on.
The Palestinian healthcare system is riddled with problems, largely due to restrictions on doctors and medical supplies being able to move freely and only 44% of Palestinians have access to traditional healthcare.
In our medicine program, volunteers will be working in hospitals and various clinics that provide a range of services. These include diagnostic services, therapy, intensive care, cardiovascular surgery, stem cell transplants, eye services, ENT services and more.
Working with doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals, volunteers will have the opportunity to work in a variety of fields including trauma, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, psychology, paediatrics and speech and language therapy.
Music has the wonderful power to lift souls and create emotional connections. It can also create a fantastic, shared social experience.
In our Music program, volunteers will be working with children aged 6-10 years old. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach music, develop lesson plans, co-ordinate events and create an orchestra.
This program is dedicated to developing the social and teamwork skills of the children and welcomes any volunteers who can sing, play an instrument or who have music theory knowledge.
There are 27 refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza and there are over 750,000 Palestinians living in them. These people lost their homes in the conflict in 1948 and now live in highly congested, multi-storey buildings in extreme levels of poverty.
In our Refugees program, volunteers will experience all aspects of refugee life. Volunteers can choose to live with a host family in one of the refugee camps or can be placed with an NGO, who are focused on humanitarian issues and improving the lives of refugees.
This program will offer volunteers an extremely unique, authentic experience of the hardships that refugees face every day.
Although all Palestinians have access to education, primary and secondary education could use some improvement. Foreign language skills are particularly sought after and can significantly improve job prospects.
In our Teaching program, volunteers will have the opportunity to teach language classes to students of all ages -from elementary school age right up to university students. Volunteers will also have the chance to take part in language projects in refugee camps, giving women and children the opportunity to develop their skills.
This program welcomes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Turkish language teachers, who are willing to empower the women and young people of Palestine.