Diverse and Dynamic, Harvard University Students Discover Palestine over Spring Break

March 2017 

 

Over 100 students from across the various schools at Harvard applied to go on this trip to see Palestine over Spring Break in March, which was described by some of its participants as “life-changing” and "the most intense learning experience" they had while students at this prestigious university.  For most American and international students, this was a unique chance to see Palestine from a different perspective, and come face to face with both the reality of the occupation and Palestinian struggles, but also with the beauty of Palestine, and the resilience and hospitality of the its people.

On the trip, students meet with Palestinian leaders in the public and private sector, as well as with civil society representatives and NGOs.  They had the chance to meet with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (OCHA), as well as the Palestinian civil society organizations  Al Haq and Addamir, toured the cities of Haifa, Jaffa, Nablus, Jericho,Hebron and Negev, as well as an exceptional political tour in Jerusalem.  At students request, program additions included visiting refugee camps and meeting with political leaders to give the students as complete a perspective of Palestine as possible.

 

At the end of they trip our Harvard friends had a amazing night, with a farewell dinner arranged at the popular "Grotto" restaurant in Beit Sahour, where they had the opportunity to watch traditional Palestinian folklore dance by the local Baqoun Dabkeh group while having a delicious final meal in Palestine. 

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