Palestine Summer Encounter 2020

Monday 15th June — Wednesday 15th July
Discover Palestine through Holy Land Trust’s longest-running and most successful encounter experience. The programme participants are invited to discover Palestine through the daily life of its people.

Amos Trust and Holy Land Trust present

Palestine Summer Encounter 2020
Monday 15th June — Wednesday 15th July
£1,700 plus flights

Your journey of discovery in the Holy Land. 
This month-long trip is perfect for students, those on a gap year and those wishing to immerse themselves in Palestinian culture.

Discover Palestine through Holy Land Trust’s longest-running and most successful encounter experience. Palestine Summer Encounter participants will discover the West Bank through the daily life if its people.

A group from the UK being guided around the West Bank by a local Palestinian.

Facts on the ground: A group from the UK being shown around the West Bank by a local Palestinian guide.

Based in Bethlehem — participants will experience the life of local Palestinian families by becoming a member of their household. You will take introductory Arabic lessons, become involved in community projects and cultural events, engage in workshops on peace building and Israel/Palestine relations and travel across the land to learn, explore, and celebrate life with fellow travellers and new-found friends.

The summer encounter gives you a truly immersive experience. The community projects, the family visits, and access to policy makers sets it apart.” Marcus Owtram

What does 30 days in the Holy Land bring?

  • The Sites
    Explore Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Desert and the Dead Sea, the Gaza border and the Negev and many more places spanning the length of Israel and Palestine.

Young people playing in the Dead Sea.

Exploring: Visit the Dead Sea and some of the most famous places in Palestine.

  • Community Projects
    Nothing integrates you into the fabric of society more than working as part of the local community. As you work together you build relationships with locals — your solidarity makes them a stronger and more resilient society.

The Palestinian flag painted onto three old car tyres.

Local community: Build solidarity by Integrating into Palestinian society. 

  • Cultural Events
    Holy Land Trust specialises in organising participatory cultural activities. You will not just eat the finest Middle Eastern food — you’ll help cook it! You wont just hear about traditional Palestinian dress — you’ll learn how to make it! You won’t just watch Palestinian traditional dabkah dance — you’ll learn it!

An over-head crowd shot from the Bet Lahem Live Festival in Bethlehem.

Palestinian Culture: Bet Lahem Live Festival in Bethlehem.

  • Workshops and Accreditation
    You will learn about the history of the land, the Palestinian Nakba, the current political situation and the constructs of Palestinian and Jewish identity. You can choose to have your studies accredited through the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Asia Theological Association and the Middle East & North Africa Theological Association.

A young man writing in an exercise book during a lecture.

Learning: Find out about the history of the land, the Palestinian Nakba, the current political situation and the constructs of Palestinian and Jewish identity.

To register your interest on the month-long Palestine Summer Encounter 2020 — please email jill@amostrust.org

Photography: © Amos Trust/Mark Kensett

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