The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2017

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 02July – 25 August 2017
July 2017: from July 2 to July 30 (1st month)
August 2017: from 31 July to August 25 (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 2017 will take place in Bethlehem from July 02 to August 25. The program consists of two terms: July 02 to July 30, and July 31 to August 25. 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

The dates of the program are subject to change due to the dates of the Arabic course at Bethlehem university 

Programs are subject to change.

FIRST Month (July 2 - July 30, 2017):

Sunday 02 July 2017: Arrival and orientation 

Guests will arrive at their accommodation in Bethlehem.  
At 06:00 P.M Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff 

Monday 03 July 2017: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 04 July- Thursday 06 July 2017: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 07 July 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 08 July 2017: 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 09 July 2017: Free Day

Monday 10 July – Thursday 13 July 2017:Classes and volunteer work. 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 14 July 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 15 July 2017: 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 16 July 2017: Free Day

Monday 17 July – Thursday 20 July 2017: Classes and volunteer work. 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 21 July 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 22 July 2017: 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 23 July 2017: Free Day

Monday 24 July – Thursday 27 July 2017: Classes and volunteer work. 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 28 July 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 29 July 2017: 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 30 July 2017: departure day / arrival day

SECOND MONTH (July 31 - August 25 2016):

Monday 31 July 2017: Arrival, transfer to your accommodation. 
At 06:00p.m Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff 

Tuesday 01 August 2017: 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Wednesday 02 August - Thursday 03 August 2017: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 04 August 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 05 August and Sunday 06 August 2017: 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 07 August – Thursday 10 August 2017: Classes and volunteer work. 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 11 August 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 12 August 2017: 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 13 August 2017: Free Day

Monday 14 August – Thursday 17 August 2017: Classes and volunteer work. 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 18 August 2017: volunteer work and maybe cooking class.

Saturday 19 August 2017: 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 20 August 2017: Free Day

Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017: Classes and volunteer work. 
AM: Class at Bethlehem University.
PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Thursday 24 August 2017: free day 

Friday 25 August 2017: Departure