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The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2016

Come and celebrate Palestine! The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine.
 
Dates:
From 03 July – 30 July 2016
July 2016: from July 3 to July 30 (1st month)
August 2016: from 31 July to August 26 (2nd month)
 
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ImageLearn Arabic at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization.

The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2016 will take place in Bethlehem from July 03 to August 26. The program consists of two terms: July 03 to July 30, and July 31 to August 26. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University (www.bethlehem.edu). Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.

Read about some of our participants' experiences:

2009

2008

Programs are subject to change.

FIRST Month (July 3 - July 30, 2016):

Sunday 03 July 2016: Arrival and orientation

Guests will arrive at Siraj Center in Bethlehem, where they will be introduced to their host families.
At 06:00p.m Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff

Monday 04 July 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 05 July- Thursday 07 July 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 08 July 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 09 July 2016: First Day Tour – Hebron
We will tour the old city of Hebron and meet with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT Palestine) organizations committed to peace and reconciliation in Palestine. We will visit traditional glass and pottery factories, Ibrahiemi Mosque, The Tombs of the Patriarchs, and converse with locals. On the way back to Bethlehem we will stop at the Tent of Nations to hear stories about the conflict. In the evening, we will have a barbecue in Beit Sahour.

Sunday 10 July 2016: Free Day

Monday 11 July – Thursday 14 July 2016:Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 15 July 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 16 July 2016: Second Day Tour – Jerusalem
We will explore the Mount of Olives and the Old City of Jerusalem, Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon we will meet with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) for a tour and lecture regarding the geo-political situation in Jerusalem. After that we will go to B’Tselem—an Israeli NGO committed to documenting and educating the Israeli public about human rights abuses in Occupied Territories—and meet leading figures in the fight for human rights.

Sunday 17 July 2016: Free Day

Monday 18 July – Thursday 21 July 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 22 July 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 23 July 2016: Third Day Tour – Jericho and the Dead Sea
On this day-trip we will visit the world’s oldest continuously thriving city—Jericho—whose settlements date back to 9000 BCE. In the early morning we will hike Wadi Qelt, the Mount of Temptation, and Tel Jericho. In the afternoon we will float in the famous, salt-dense and mineral rich Dead Sea.

Sunday 24 July 2016: Free Day

Monday 25 July – Thursday 28 July 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 29 July 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 30 July 2016: Fourth Day Trip – Ramallah
We will tour the city of Ramallah—an exciting political scene, home to many human rights organizations, broadcast centers, and artists. We will meet with students of Birzeit University and representatives from The Right of Education Campaign. In the afternoon there will be time to visit galleries, eat ice cream, and stroll Rukab Street.

Sunday 31 July 2016: departure day / arrival day

SECOND MONTH (July 31 - August 26 2016):

Sunday 31 July 2016: Arrival, transfer to your accommodation.
At 06:00p.m Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff

Monday 01 August 2016:
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 02 August - Thursday 04 August 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 05 August 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 06 August and Sunday 07 August 2016: Fifth Day Trip – Nazareth and Galilee
We will travel to Nazareth and Galilee for an overnight excursion, and participants will learn about the current state of Israel and the 1948 catastrophe. Along the way we will meet with Ittijah, a coalition of Arab community organizations, tour destroyed and unrecognized villages, see Haifa, Jaffa, and Akko, and visit a number of holy sites. We will return to Bethlehem late on Sunday night.

Monday 08 August – Thursday 11 August 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 12 August 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 13 August 2016: Sixth Day Trip – Negev or Jericho
On this day trip we will be escorted by an Israeli organization to the stunning Negev desert, where we will learn about the Bedouin culture and visit unrecognized Bedouin villages. While in the Negev, we will see holy and historical sites, too.

Sunday 14 August 2016: Free Day

Monday 15 August – Thursday 18 August 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 19 August 2016: volunteer work and maybe cooking class.

Saturday 20 August 2016: Seventh Day Trip – Northern West Bank
In the Northern West Bank, we will tour the cities of Qalqilieh, Tulkarem and Jenin. In Jenin, we will visit the Arab American University. We will also meet with local organizations and officials, see refugee camps, and learn about regional living conditions.

Sunday 21 August 2016: Free Day

Monday 22 August – Wednesday 24 August 2016: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Thursday 25 August 2016: free day

Friday 26 August 2016: Departure