I have been connected online to friends from Palestine since 2007 when I met a teacher at the World Forest Institute. However this is my first visit to Palestine. I am a science teacher with a specialty in environmental education. I have worked online with students and teachers from Palestine to encourage their study of science and also to get involved in caring for the environment. I also enjoy talking with my friend to improve their English and my learning of Arabic. I feel it is important to be a bridge to promote inter-cultural understanding.
While I am in Palestine I want to connect in person with my friends, get a better understanding of the country and its culture. In return I want to encourage the exploration and care of the world through Science and help the people better understand American language and culture and the common values we share.
I have found the people of Palestine very welcoming and friendly. The people are hard working and proud of their country. Palestine has a long. rich history and culture. The students of Palestine are full of aspirations and dreams and work hard to reach their goals”. Jim Chandler a participant from the USA in the volunteer in Palestine program