Volunteer in a Community Development program in Palestine
Our Volunteer in Community Development program in Palestine is an incredible opportunity for a great variety of people who want to improve their resumes through in-field experience in Palestine: we welcome anyone who has a strong interest and/or competence in economic development, self-development, leadership, communication, from pre-college students to postgraduate students with a degree in economics, international relations, or political science. We also welcome anyone with relevant work experience who would like to share their knowledge in the field by carrying out their own, customized activities.
Brief information about Volunteer in Community Development in Palestine Program
Your Community Development project will have its headquarters at the Excellence Center’s facilities in Hebron in the West Bank, Palestine. During your time here, you will plan and execute lesson plans, workshops, projects, and activities all aimed at teaching our Palestinian youth about community and economic development both in their city and in Palestine. As part of this program, you will research and contact different organizations in and around Hebron that specialize in community development in order to partner with them in order to provide your students with an all-encompassing and grounded education.
Location of the Project: Hebron, Palestine
Project length: From 1 week – 8 weeks
Arrival Airport: Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Volunteer Work: organize community development activities for Palestinian school and university students as well as community members
Age: 18 – 70
Number of Volunteers: Up to 4 international volunteers
When you arrive to the Center in Hebron, Palestine
Your experience at the center will start with a one week “orientation week”, where you will be given Arabic classes along with classes on Palestinian culture and society. In order for you to acclimate to life in Hebron as much as possible, we will provide you with accommodation with a Palestinian host family who will take care of you and help you with any issues that may arise or at the Excellence Center dorm.
After this orientation week, you will develop activities, a schedule, and a syllabus, and conduct research on the different NGOs or businesses that may be involved as part of your course. We are very flexible in activities material, and you will be free to choose what activities you would like to implement during the program.
Which kind of activities you can organize during the volunteering period?
Among the activities and class topics that we would like to offer are the following:
- Classes on personal and professional development
- Working or studying in internationals environment
- Employability skills (How to write a resume, conduct job interview, write formal emails …etc)
- How to start up a successful small business
- Important communication skills
- How to be successful in your community
- Leadership and problem solving
- The job market in Palestine
- The effects of studying abroad on job prospects
- Develop an economic development plan for Hebron (maybe Palestine)
- Meet with other projects in Hebron and see what they do, and if it’s effective (UN, USAID, TIPH, other NGOs)
- Meet with prominent businessmen in and around Hebron to see how business propagates economic change
Typical day at the Excellence Center
The schedule of our volunteers here at the Excellence Center is very flexible, though it is subject to change from week to week. Generally, you will be working five days a week from 9am until 5pm on Saturday to Thursday, with two days off: Friday, and another day of your choice. The day will start with breakfast at the Center together with the whole excellence staff – the administration, the teachers and the volunteers. In addition to teaching classes, your schedule will include Arabic classes (3 hours of Arabic for each week you volunteer), planning for the workshops and activities you will teach, and visiting famous sites in Hebron.
In conclusion, we are in real need for committed and competent volunteers who can empower our Palestinian youth, school students, and community members in community development by means of the above-mentioned activities. Our volunteers will benefit a great deal from our program, both in terms of working experience and personal development, and will make an important contribution to our community.
Since the Excellence Center does not receive any funds from any governmental or non-governmental organizations, the Excellence Center charges a fee of 695$ a month or 230$ a week.
The program fees include: pre-departure support, accommodations, breakfast, full coordination while volunteering in Palestine, 3 hours per week of Arabic lessons for each week you volunteer, and some visits to different sites in the city of Hebron.
Traveling to Palestine on your own?
No worries, you’ve come to the right place!
You will easily meet many Palestinian university and school students as well as community members with a variety of interests. Especially in Hebron, Palestinian people love to meet new people from different cultures and exchange ideas and experiences.
Moreover, the Excellence Center hosts many international visitors from all over the world who will be studying, volunteering, visiting or interning at center. Of course, you will engage with them in some educational and community activities that the Center organizes.
Everyone at the Excellence Center – Palestinian students, international visitors, and staff – are like one family and there are always activities to do together. Hebron is a good place for international visitors to stay at and offers a great social atmosphere
Eligibility for Volunteer in Community Development Program in Palestine
People who are between 18 – 70 years old are eligible to participate in the Technology Volunteer in Palestine Program. All nationalities and majors are welcome! You do not have to have any degree to participate in this program.
When “Volunteer in Community Development Program in Palestine” takes place
The Excellence Center is looking for international volunteers year-round. Volunteers decide when they would like to start and Excellence Center organizes so. We are very flexible when it comes to starting and ending dates. Participants freely choose their volunteer period.
Which Airport Should I Start Checking for Flights to Palestine?
The easiest way to get to the Excellence Center in Hebron, Palestine is to fly to Tel Aviv Airport (Israel). It takes about two and half hours from the airport to the Excellence Center in Hebron via shared Taxi.
You can also fly to Amman, Jordan and then cross to Palestine, but it takes more time and is more expensive.
Visa to Palestine
Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv Airport), Israel, you will be granted a tourist visa valid for 90 days. There is no need to obtain a visa ahead of time.
Travelling to and from Hebron, Palestine
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Volunteer in Community Development in Palestine Program’s duration
Volunteers can participate in the program for the duration of one week to eight weeks
How to get further information and the application form
Please send us an email to Rafat@excellencenter.org , Volunteer in Community Development Program in Palestine as the subject line. We will then send you the application form.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Rafat Shantir at Rafat@excellencenter.org
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