The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2018

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 02 July – 31 August 2018
July 2018: from 02nd to 27th of July 2018 (1st month)
August 2017: 06th to 31st of August 2018 (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 2018 will take place in Bethlehem from July 02 to August 31. The program consists of two terms: July 02 to July 27, and July 06 to August 31. 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 27, 2018):

Monday 02 July 2018: Arrival and orientation 

Guests will arrive at their accommodation in Bethlehem.  

At evening Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff 

Tuesday 03 July 2018: Classes and volunteer work.

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Wednesday 04 July- Thursday 05 July 2018: Classes and volunteer work.

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 06 July 2018: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 07 July 2018:  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. Back to Bethlehem 

Sunday 08 July 2018: Free Day

Monday 09 July – Thursday 12 July 2018: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 13 July 2018: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 14 July 2018: 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 15 July 2018: Free Day

Monday 16 July – Thursday 19 July 2018: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 20 July 2018: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 21 July 2018:  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 22 July 2018: Free Day

Monday 23 July – Thursday 26 July 2018: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 27 July 2018: Departure date 

 

SECOND MONTH (August 06th - August 31st 2018):

Monday 06th July 2018: Arrival, transfer to your accommodation. 

At evening Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff 

Tuesday 07th August 2018: 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Wednesday 08th August - Thursday 09th August 2018: Classes and volunteer work.

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 10th August 2018: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August 2017: 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 13th August – Thursday 16th August 2018: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 17th August 2018: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 18th August 2018: Day Trip –Jericho 

This day we will have a tour to Jericho, hike in the Wadi Qelt or tour Jericho (Hisham’s Palace), Cable car to lunch on Mt. of Temptation and visit monastery and Elisha’s Spring, visit the traditional baptismal site; float in the Dead Sea. Drive back to Bethlehem.

Sunday 19th August 2018: Free Day

Monday 20th August – Thursday 23rd August 2018: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Friday 24th August 2018: volunteer work and maybe cooking class.

Saturday 25th August 2018: 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 26th August 2018: Free Day

Monday 27th August – Wednesday 29th August 2018: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Thursday 30th August 2018: free day

Friday 31st August 2018: Departure