MIDDLE EAST REGION WORKCAMPS DIRECTORY 2006

Welcome to the Middle East! – Welcome to a life experience in the Middle East.

This year, 2006 landmarks the tenth anniversary for the establishment of the International Palestinian Youth League (IPYL). Ten years of giving and dedication towards a better world. With the end of this season, IPYL will be finishing 49 international voluntary workcamps. IPYL did not just make workcamps, but also encouraged other organizations in Palestine and the Middle East to do so, in order to triple the number of the volunteers who want to live this experience, taking into consideration the increasing demands from our partners and some individuals to visit the region.
Similar to last year, IPYL together with its twin and partner organizations; Youth Development Department at the Orient House (occupied East Jerusalem), the Baladna Youth Association in Haifa and Gudran for Art Development (Republic of Egypt) are very happy to introduce to you our joint Workcamps Directory for the year 2006.

We hope that this directory and the timetable will enable your volunteers to attend one or more workcamps in order to have a clearer idea about this region and its concerns. Wishing you and us all the best in this season. Middle East Work Camps Coalition, IPYL, Baladna ,YDD and Gudran.

Inscriptions for YDD and Gudran Camps: ME 11/2006, ME 13 (IPYL046)/2006, ME 18 (IPYL 047)/2006, and ME 17/2006, Is directly through YDD at: ydd_exchanges@orienthouse.org (Person in charge: Ms. Maali Idris).

Inscriptions for the Baladna camps ME 12, ME 14, ME 15, ME 16, ME 21 are directly done through Baladna at: volunteer@baladnayouth.org (person in charge Mr. Bilal dirbas).

Inscriptions to IPYL Camps: IPYL 048/2006 (ME 19/2006) and IPYL 049/2006 (ME 20/2005) to workcamps@ipyl.org (Persons in charge: Mr. Majid Hijazi and Ms. Naima Gherdaoui).

Code———Dates———-Coord. Org—-Place—————–Contact Person/Inscription–

ME-011—–12-26 06 06—-Gudran——-Alexandria, Egypt—–Maali Idris/YDD————

ME-012—–01-14 o7 0——Baladna——Sakhnen, Israel——–Bilal Dirbas/Baladna——–

ME-013-
IPYL046—-14-28 07 06—-YDD———-Jerusalem, Palestine—Maali Idris/YDD———–

ME-014—–15-28 07 06—-Baladna——-Kofr-yasif, Galilee/Israel–Bilal Dirbas/Baladna—-

ME-015—–29 07–11 08—-Baladna——-Eilabun, Israel———Bilal Dirbas/Baladna——-

ME-016—–17–31 08 06—-Baladna——-Haifa, Israel———–Bilal Dirbas/Baladna——-

ME-017—–04-18 09 06—-YDD———-Alexandria, Egypt——Maali Idris/YDD———-

ME-018-
IPYL 04—–24 10–07 11 06–YDD———Beit Duqqu Palestine—Maali Idris/YDD———-

ME-019-
IPYL 048—-25 10–08 11 06–IPYL——–Bethlehem, Palestine—Majid Hijazi/IPYL——–

ME-020-
IPYL 049—-12-25 12 06—–IPYL———Jericho, Palestine——Majid Hijazi/IPYL——–

ME-021——26 12 –09 01 07–Baladna—–Nazareth, Israel——-Bilal Dirbas/Baladna——

For several years youth organizations have been organizing workcamps in the Middle East. While the majority of these camps took place in Palestine, some initiatives have taken place else where. For the second year, four voluntary and youth organizations in the Middle East, (Palestine, Egypt and Israel) are cooperating with each other in organizing a unified workcamps directory for the region. After the great success of last year, we became more determined to give the best chances for international volunteers to travel and see as much as possible from this region and its potentials.

IPYL, Baladna, Gudran, and YDD are joining their efforts to present a unified workcamps program this season. The idea is to unify the efforts of the youth organizations in the region, and to exchange experiences and expertise. This way instead of competing against each other, youth organizations within the region can work collectively to empower themselves and therefore bring a double benefit to their members and beneficiaries

The main aim behind this cooperation is to provide international volunteers with a wide choice of workcamps and the opportunity to participate in number of camps in different countries. We hope that this spirit of mutual collaboration will lead to increased opportunities for our local and international volunteers to experience the benefits of inter-cultural learning, and to inspire an atmosphere of peace.

All the organizations involved in this season’s cooperation have been working closely together for the past years now, and a number of them are very well known to local and international networks and partners.

As a result of the this cooperation, we are very happy to present you with a workcamp program that consists of 11 projects that will take place in Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and will spread throughout the year 2006.

We will be cooperating on the logistics, training and leadership of the workcamps season, and on the recruitment of international volunteers. However, different organizations are responsible for the arrangement and implementation of each camp and placement of volunteers.

See also these links:


http://www.baladnayouth.org/indexe.php
(in english);


http://www.momken.org/
(in arabian).

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DESCRIPTION OF EACH CAMP

ME-011:

Code: ME 11/2006
Date: 12-26/6/2006
Place: El Max – Alexandria / Egypt
Hosting Organization: Gudran (walls)
Work Type: Environmental / Artistic
Number of Volunteers: 20 Local and International
Participation Fee: 80 USD

Accommodation: The participants will be accommodated in an apartment in Alexandria
Local Community and Project Description:
Gudran is a group of artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians and fishermen from the El-Max. Gudran is interested in using arts as a method for community development. The aim is to improve the aesthetic tastes and quality of marginalized communities, while retaining their own individuality and uniqueness.

El-Max is a suburb of Alexandria, located between El-Werdeyan district and El-Agami. It’s a fishing community that overlooks one of Alexandria’s harbor gates, and looks as if it were the Venice of the East. The houses are built on the banks of a canal, and the fishing boats are all docked in front of the houses and move from there to the sea.
The uniqueness of the place reflects the uniqueness of the local community. It is a closed community with its own history, culture and heritage. However, it has seen hard times, for food is scarce and depends on the weather and whatever the sea brings. There are lots of other problems too; mainly, sewage, rubbish, healthcare, education, poverty, work and play hazards because of the rough nature of the area.

Gudran works with the local population in many different aspects, mainly using the Arts as a tool rather than as an aim.

Work: The volunteers of this camp will be working with Gudran to spread the ideas and values of preserving a clean environment among the local community. This will be done through planting trees in the village and painting some surrounding walls of the different neighborhoods.

Cultural program: The afternoon program will be full of cultural and Artistic activities.

This Workcamp is organized and implemented by Gudran
Inscriptions should be directed to Ms. Maali Idris at: ydd_exchanges@orienthouse.org.
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ME-012:

Place: Sakhnen, Heart of the Galilee / Israel
Hosting Organization: Baladna and Sakhnen Municipality
Work Type: Environmental & Gardening & Painting
Number of Volunteers: 20 International
Participation Fee: 150 Euros

Accommodation: In municipal social centre.
Sakhnin is a very old town, which dates back 3,500 years. The town is situated in the heart of the Galilee and has holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews.
The town is built over three hills. It is 200-250 meters above sea level, and it is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the highest of them is 602 meters high.
Today there are over 20,000 inhabitants in Sakhnin and most of them make a living from businesses, light industry, and construction work within the neighboring cities.

Work Description:
In Sakhnin is a field that is currently not being used for anything. In order to add to the town, this workcamp will turn the field into a small park with benches, plants and flowers. In addition, the workcamp group will give to the community by painting the wall that surrounds a school and helping with mural painting and drawings inside the school. Both projects will not only add to the village but will benefit the lives of the people who live there.

Cultural Program:
Part of the work camp experience includes engaging with international youth as well as with the Arab-Palestinian society. Through projects, discussions and cultural field trips, you will learn about your peers and about Arab-Palestinian culture while contributing to this community. All Inscriptions should be sent to baladna at the following mail address: volunteer@baladnayouth.org.
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ME-013:

Code: ME13 (IPYL046) /2006
Dates: 14/07/06 – 28/07/06
Place: Old City of Jerusalem – Palestine
Hosting Organization: Burj al Luq Luq Centre Society
Work type: Construction and Gardening
Number of Volunteers: 25 Internationals + locals
Participation Fee: 150 Euros

Accommodation: In the centre. Volunteers will cook their own food, an excellent way of introducing something from your culture!

Hosting Organization:
Burj al Luq Luq (Tower of Stork in English) is a community centre established in 1990 to serve the local community of the Old City of Jerusalem, and to prevent the Israeli authorities from confiscating the land to build a large Israeli settlement inside the Moslem Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Association has large premises in comparison to the space availability in the Old City. It directs its activities towards the local Arab community of the Old City, providing activities for children, young people and adults in order to provide them with a positive environment for learning and development.

Local Community:
Burj al Luq Luq is situated on a hilltop in the north east corner of the Old City of Jerusalem over looking the Mount of Olives and with a beautiful view of the Al-Aqsa mosque grounds.
Burj al Luq Luq is a community centre serving one of the poorest and most marginalized communities in Jerusalem. The centre provides a variety of services to a wide spectrum of the society, ranging from nursery and a kindergarten for poor children to leisure, cultural, artistic and sports activities for adolescents, youth and adults.

Project Description:
Burj Luq Luq is an old partner of IPYL and has cooperated with us in several activities. They have hosted several workcamps and Long Term Volunteers through IPYL in the past 3 years. In 2005, the volunteers are expected to work in tree-planting, painting and gardening work inside the association, as well as performing minor maintenance and renovation work in the association. It is crucial that the centre be kept alive and busy in order to decrease the chance that it will be confiscated by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to make way for an illegal settlement.

Cultural Activities:
One of the main aims of workcamps is to expose the internationals to Palestinian culture, folklore, heritage and politics, with a focus on the Israeli occupation, illegal violations and continuous attempts to bury Palestinian culture and right to exist in their own country. We believe that working side by side, and living the daily reality of the Palestinian people will give the real picture of the situation on the ground.
Our cultural program consists of meetings with local community leaders, lectures by politicians, feminists and economists, field visits to local associations working in community development and finally documentary films that shows the real meaning of a military occupation.
This Workcamp is organized and implemented by YDD
Inscriptions should be directed to ydd_exchanges@orienthouse.org.
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ME-014:

ME 14/ 2006
KOFR-YASIF WORKCAMP
Dates: 15-28/07/2006
PLACE: Kofr-yasif, Galilee, Israel
Hosting Organization: Baladna and Kofr-yasif Municipality
Work Type: Renovation & Art
Number of Volunteers: 15 Internationals
Participation Fee: 150 Euros

Accommodation: As a way of engaging the volunteers in the daily life of the village, they will be house-guests of the local volunteers. This will lead to an enlightening experience in which the volunteers will eat, sleep and be part of the local Palestinian family life at the village.

Local Community:
Kofr-yasif is a small Arab village located in the north-west of Israel, 10 km north-east of Acre. Since the early 1930s Kofr-yasif has been a center of commerce and services for the surrounding villages. The area of the village is 6.860 donam. 50% of agriculture is used for growing olive trees. The local council was declared in 1925, which makes it one of the oldest in the region. According to the figures given from 2003, the total population living in Kofr-yasif is 8,100 citizens. 57.1% Christians, 40.3% Muslims and the rest is Druze. During the 1948 war many people from the surrounding villages found shelter in the village. Today, 30% of the citizens there are internally displaced.

Background: According to archaeological excavations the village has been identified as a small settlement on the main commercial road leading to Lebanon and Syria. It began during the fenecians period and continued throughout the Roman, Byzantine and Crusade periods. In the village there was an active fresh water spring until it dried up in 1959. Until the mid 19th century, a small Jewish community lived in the village. Still remaining is a well- preserved Jewish cemetery where the Jewish citizens of Akka where barried.
The first primary school was built by the Orthodox Russian church in 1870. In February 1939 the British army burned almost half of the village as a reaction to the rebel’s activities against the British. The British later discovered that it was not the people of the village and therefore had to compensate for the damage. This money was used to build the local municipality main building, a commercial building and the high school.

Work: The workcamp will take place at the high school building. The high school was built in 1949 and was named after “Yanni-Yanni” who was the head of the local council between 1934 and1962. During the last few years renovation work has begun on the school. The workcamp volunteers will engage in this effort by helping to create a large, open-space garden for pupils to spend their leisure time at. The volunteers will be active in creating drawings and paintings on some of the school walls and they will participate in general of painting and sight improving work in the school.

Cultural Program: Part of the work camp experience includes engaging with international youth as well as with the Arab-Palestinian society. Through projects, discussions and cultural field trips, you will learn about your peers and about Arab-Palestinian culture while contributing to this community.

All Inscriptions should be sent to baladna at the following mail address: volunteer@baladnayouth.org.
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ME-015:

2006 / 15 Code ME 0
ME 015/ 2006
Eilabun workcamp
Date: 29/07/2006-11/08/2006
Place: Eilabun, Eastern Galilee / Israel
Hosting Organization: Baladna and Eilabun Municipality
Work Type: Village beautification and intercultural activities
Number of Volunteers: 20 internationals
Participation Fee: 150 Euros

Accommodation: In a municipal Building
Eilabun is an Arab village in the eastern part of the Galilee, with a mixed Christian-Muslim population. With 4,000 inhabitants, Eilabun dates from over two hundred years ago and sits atop a mountainous plain. Baladna is organizing its fifth work camp in Eilabun in cooperation with the Eilabun municipal office, which has provided a local school to serve as the work camp’s base.

Work: The camp will be divided into two main activities. First, local and international participants will engage in much-needed beautification activities in the village. These include painting public buildings, and some maintenance and renovation work. Secondly they will be involved in different field trip visits.

Cultural Program: The majority of the work camp will be in Eilabun. However, to enhance participants’ understanding of the Arab-Palestinian situation within Israel, they will visit nearby villages and cities for instance unrecognised villages of Arab-el-Naem, Nazareth and Sakhnen.
Beyond the work camp, throughout the experience, participants will become aware of the original Arab way of life in the area, learning about historic local industries such as tobacco, honey and copper. Every night, after a hard day of work and intensive education, participants will learn about traditional Palestinian culture via an evening of traditional songs and dance coordinated by Baladna and the local municipality.

Youth participating in the work-camp will also learn about the economic, social and political realities faced by Palestinians in Israel, will learn about issues such as the confiscation of Arab lands by the state, and engage in cultural and social activities illustrating the region’s historic importance. Eilabun is mid-way between two important sites, the Christian city of Nazareth to the south and the Tiberius Lake to the east, and participants will visit them on fieldtrips mid-way through the work camp.

All Inscriptions should be sent to baladna at the following mail address: volunteer@baladnayouth.org.
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ME-016:

Dates: 17-31\8\2006
Place: Haifa, North / Israel
Hosting Organization: Baladna and Ittijah
Work Type: renovation
Number of Volunteers: 20
Participation Fee: 150 Euros

Accommodation: In local dormitory
Background: Wadi al Nisnas The oldest and largest Palestinian Arab neighborhood in Haifa:
is considered to be one of the very few remainders and proofs of Arab existence in the city as some 70,000 of its inhabitants were displaced during al Nakba of 48 and only 2,000 of them have managed to stay there since then.

The city of Haifa, generally, had lost a lot of its Arab hue since al Nakba; whole Arab neighborhoods were demolished, houses and other private properties were confiscated, even Islamic Waqf properties were confiscated and the sanctity of holy places was violated through the reconstruction of cemeteries into parking lots and public services centers

Nowadays, Haifa’s Arab inhabitants constitute one of the biggest communities in Palestine 48. Some 50,000 Arab inhabitants now reside there. However, these numbers aren’t revealed in official Israeli statistical documents.

Haifa’s Arab inhabitants try to protect their existence and well being as Palestinian Arabs, they try as well to revive the ‘Arab’ Haifa and maintain their national Arab Palestinian identity to challenge the Israeli policy to Judaize the city and erase their existence there

During the last few years, Israeli companies located in the city of Tel Aviv have laid hands on ten building in the Arab Wadi al Nisnas neighborhood throughout tenders published by ‘Amidar’: Israel National Housing Corporation.

Amidar, according to Israeli Law, is the owner of these houses under the ‘Absentees property law’ passed by the Israeli Knesset in March 14, 1950. However, the fact is that these houses and other private properties belong to Palestinian Arab refugees.

Wadi al Nisnas has been under threat from evacuation of its Arab citizens for long in addition to the Israeli plan to Judaize it and add it up to the rest of the Arab lands and neighborhoods, which fell under its mandate.

Ittijah wants to take a step forward into the saving of this Arab Neighborhood along with the building of an Arab Palestinian center to become a sanctuary that combines the collective voice of the whole Palestinian civil society.

Project Description & work:
The Palestinian House: Center for Palestinian Arab Civil society
Ittijah’s newly owned building is situated in the oldest and largest Palestinian Arab neighborhoods in the city of Haifa, Wadi al Nisnas, which is under a great threat to have its Arab and Palestinian Historical identity totally erased. The building covers a 400 square meters area and lies in al Wad Street 54.

The need for such a building doesn’t only stem from the urge to protect its Palestinian Arab identity but from the felt collective need that calls Ittijah to embrace and support its member NGOs and civil society organizations in general being the Union of Palestinian NGOs in Israel.

The building will become a sanctuary where Ittijah can play its role in the capacity building and offering of support and services to its member NGOs, while member NGOs enjoy the development in their work and the feeling that they can produce all what is in their capacity to develop the Palestinian community and serve the cause.

The building will serve the Palestinian community on all levels; combining a resource library with training, technical support and research center, a conference hall and dormitories for guests, groups and international volunteers. All in all, the benefits resulting from the purchasing of this building are far more varied and generous on varied levels.

Ittijah is:
Ittijah-Union of Arab Community Based Associations
UN ECOSOC Special Consultative Status

Ittijah is the sole umbrella organization for almost 70 Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Palestine 48. Ittijah was established in 1995 in response to a clear and widely felt need for increased cooperation and exchange between Palestinian Arab organizations.

Ittijah was awarded Special Consultative Status at the UN Economic and Social Council in 2004, and is currently a leading participant in and organizer of the Euro Med Civic Forum.

Ittijah’s mission is to coordinate the activities and strategies of member organizations while fostering the development of members’ institutional and organizational capabilities.

Ittijah thus serves to further three practical objectives: to network the various Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel so they may function more effectively, responsibly and efficiently; to continue reaching out to the Palestinian people, both in the occupied territories and the Diaspora, in order to make our existence and our circumstances known, building trust where confusion once predominated; and to bring the plight of the Palestinians living in Israel to the attention of civil society worldwide and the international community.
Cultural program: Part of the work camp experience includes engaging with international youth as well as with the Arab-Palestinian society. Through projects, discussions and cultural field trips, you will learn about your peers and about Arab-Palestinian culture while contributing to this community.

All Inscriptions should be sent to baladna at the following mail address: volunteer@baladnayouth.org.
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ME-017:

Date: 4-18/9/2006
Place: El Max – Alexandria / Egypt
Hosting Organization: Gudran
Work Type: Environmental / Artistic
Number of Volunteers: 20 Local and International
Participation Fee: 80 USD
Accommodation: The participants will be accommodated in an apartment in Alexandria

Local Community and Project Description:
Gudran is a group of artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians and fishermen from the El-Max. Gudran is interested in using arts as a method for community development. The aim is to improve the aesthetic tastes and quality of marginalized communities, while retaining their own individuality and uniqueness.

El-Max is a suburb of Alexandria, located between El-Werdeyan district and El-Agami. It’s a fishing community that overlooks one of Alexanderia’s harbour gates, and looks as if it were the Venice of the East. The houses are built on the banks of a canal, and the fishing boats are all docked in front of the houses and move from there to the sea.
The uniqueness of the place reflects the uniqueness of the local community. It is a closed community with its own history, culture and heritage. However, it has seen hard times, for food is scarce and depends on the weather and whatever the sea brings. There are lots of other problems too; mainly, sewage, rubbish, healthcare, education, poverty, work and play hazards because of the rough nature of the area.

Gudran works with the local population in many different aspects, mainly using the Arts as a tool rather than as an aim.

Work: The volunteers of this camp will be working with Gudran to spread the ideas and values of preserving a clean environment among the local community. This will be done through planting trees in the village and painting some surrounding walls of the different neighborhoods.

Cultural program: The afternoon program will be full of cultural and Artistic activities.

This Workcamp is organized and implemented by Gudran
Inscriptions should be directed to Maali Idrisi at ydd_exchanges@orienthouse.org.
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ME-018:

Code: ME18 (IPYL047) /2006
Date: 24/10/06–07/11/06
Place: Beit Duqqu Village – Occupied East Jerusalem
Hosting Organization: Beit Duqqu Community Centre
Work Type: Agriculture (grapes harvest, if ready)
Number of Volunteers: 20 Internationals+10 locals
Participation Fee: 150 Euros
Accommodation: The participants will be hosted by the community. Boys will stay in the Community Centre and girls will be hosted in an apartment close to the Centre. The food will be prepared by the volunteers, and this is often an excellent way to introduce something from your culture! The community is willing to prepare some Palestinian meals, especially during the cultural evenings.

Hosting Organization:
The Community Centre of Beit Duqqu serves the community of the village. The centre provides a variety of services, ranging from educational activities to leisure, cultural, artistic and sports activities for adolescents, youth, women and adults.

Local Community:
Beit Duqqu Village is located to the North West of Jerusalem city and is surrounded by 6 other small villages. The total population in the area reaches about 15000. Beit Duqqu and the surrounding villages have witnessed the shrinking of their agricultural lands as these have been confiscated systemically by the Israeli Occupation for the building of 5 major illegal settlements with Jewish population of about 40000 settlers. The building of the ‘Security Wall’ has had a significant impact on Beit Duqqu, cutting it off from both Jerusalem and Ramallah, the nearest West Bank city. With the confiscation of lands, the building of the Wall and of settlements, the Israeli authorities are isolating and destroying small villages such as Beit Duqqu. This workcamp provides an opportunity to show solidarity with Palestinian communities as well as experience their warmth and hospitality.

Project Description:
The main source of income in the village is agriculture, and the village and its surrounding are famous for their grapes and other Palestinian fruits.
The volunteers will work together with Palestinian volunteers to help the local farmers in the grapes harvest, as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people and protest against Israeli measures in the Palestinian villages. This work will last an average of 6 hours a day, starting early in the morning at around 7:00 a.m.

Cultural Program:
The afternoons/ evenings are mostly occupied by lectures, parties, documentary films and field visits. Cultural activities will be directed towards learning about the Palestinian History, resistance and hope for independence. These activities aim at providing more information and analysis the Palestinian – Israeli conflict and the normal Palestinian daily life with all the difficulties caused by the occupation and cultural strictness.

This Workcamp is organized and implemented by YDD
Inscriptions should be directed to ydd_exchanges@orienthouse.org.
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ME-019:

Code: ME19 / IPYL048/2006
Date: 25/10 – 08/11/2006
Place: Bethlehem
Hosting Organization: Holy Land Trust
Work type: Agricultural- Olive harvest in Bethlehem area.
Number of Volunteers: 20 International
Participation Fee: 150 Euros
Accommodation: In Bethlehem. Volunteers will cook their own food.

Hosting Organization:
Holy Land Trust is a Palestinian not-for-profit organization established in 1998 in Bethlehem with the aim of strengthening, encouraging and improving the Palestinian community through working with children, families, youth, and the non-governmental organization (NGO) community.

Local Community:
Bethlehem has a centuries-old spiritual, cultural and economic link with Jerusalem, located only a few kilometers away. It is highly dependent on tourists for its economic survival. However the Israeli policy of constructing settlements and a Wall around parts of Bethlehem has turned the city from a bustling spiritual and cultural centre to a town isolated from Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank. Palestinians are prohibited from moving between the two cities, and the tourist industry has been almost destroyed meaning most locals struggle to make a living.

Project Details:
Volunteers will work with the local farmers to bring in the olive harvest. This is a significant and important economic and cultural activity in Palestine, and one which is threatened and often destroyed by the Israeli occupation. The project seeks to bring hope to olive farmers that their work is still productive and viable through bringing internationals and locals together to share this important time and highlight the unjust and brutal means of the occupation.

Cultural Activities:
The afternoons will be used to give volunteers an inter-cultural learning experience, with a focus on showing the international volunteers Palestinian culture within the context of the occupation and hopes for the future. This will involve visits to refugee camps, tours of places of interest, lectures, and most importantly interaction with the local people.

This Workcamp is organized and implemented by IPYL
Inscriptions should be directed to workcamps@ipyl.org .
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ME-020:

Code: ME 20 / IPYL049/2006
Date: 12-25/12/2006
Place: Jericho City
Hosting Organization: General Union of the Palestinian Peasants and Agri Coop Jericho
Work type: Agriculture, farming, Gardening, land rehabilitation.
Number of Volunteers: 20 International
Participation Fee: 150 Euros
Accommodation: Male and female volunteers will be hosted in separate rooms in a flat in Jericho and will cook their own food.

Hosting Organizations:
General Union of the Palestinian Peasants and Agri Coop Jericho is one of the most active organizations dealing with peasants’ work and lives in Palestine, with several branches in different districts. The main aim of this union is to develop and empower the Palestinian peasants and farmers to face all the challenges facing them in their daily lives and work.

Local Communities:
Jericho is the oldest town in the world, dating back more than 10,000 years. It lies 260 meters below sea level, making it also the lowest town on earth. Known as the ‘City of Palms’, Jericho contains some of the world’s most important historic sites and is frequently mentioned in the Bible. It is an important agricultural area, producing fresh fruits, and vegetables year round. Jericho dates, bananas and citrus fruits are especially famous.
The community in Jericho consists of refugees, locals and Palestinians from other cities. The city is considered as a winter resort where Palestinians and tourists visit during the winter. The city is mixed, Christians and Muslims, and has many nice parks and restaurants. It is not considered to be as conservative as other Palestinian cities.

Project Description:
The volunteers will be working together with local farmers and peasants in their fields. Volunteers will work on harvesting the winter crops and rehabilitation of the lands that have been demolished and damaged by the Israeli bulldozers. In addition, the volunteers will help the farmers in loading and unloading the harvest in the trucks and assist in selling it in the market of the city.

Cultural Activities:
Cultural activities will be based on intercultural learning between different cultures, as well as visits to different places of interest to learn more about Palestinian society.
The Volunteers will have the chance to celebrate the Christmas feast in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

This Workcamp is organized and implemented by IPYL
Inscriptions should be directed to workcamps@ipyl.org.
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ME-021:

Code ME021/2006
Dates: 26\12\2006 – 9\1\2007
Place: Nazareth, Israel.
Hosting Organization: Nazareth municipality
Work type: art
Number of Volunteers: 20 International
Participation Fee: 150 Euros
Accommodation: in community centre

More details will be sent later.

All Inscriptions should be sent to baladna at the following mail address: volunteer@baladnayouth.org.

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