Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center

Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center for Cultural Exchange

Why choose Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center for Cultural Exchange?

The Palestinian Center for Education and Cultural Exchange – Go Palestine, was founded with the goal of fulfilling the cultural, social, and educational requirements of the Palestinian community. Our center designs and facilitates various educational and community programs to enhance the skill sets of Palestinians in a range of areas. Through targeted tutoring and educational initiatives, we offer unwavering support to the youth of Palestine

Experience Palestine at Go Palestine (The Palestinian Center) in Hebron, where an array of volunteer and internship programs are designed to educate individuals about life in Palestine. Our programs cover a wide range of topics, including Media, Law, Refugees, Culture, the Palestine-Israel Conflict, Human Rights, and Healthcare. At Go Palestine, we also provide Arabic language courses, ranging from intensive to non-intensive and super-intensive levels, catering to beginners as well as advanced learners.

Reviews

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Jeanette
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Learned So Much!

Go Palestine is the perfect way to learn useable Arabic. I had weekly zoom classes with Dua’a, and self studied during the rest of the week using curriculum she recommended. Since I was starting from zero, it was slow progress, but she never gave up on me. Her goal was to teach me the beauty of the language, and she really did! It’s lovely and I can now read and write it. I love Palestine and have visited it numerous times, and Go Palestine only deepened my appreciation for its beautiful culture.

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Erick
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Greatly improved Arabic proficiency through a tailored curriculum

I feel so grateful to have found this program.

I began studying intensive Arabic with Ustaaza Dua'a and we created a study plan with clearly identified objectives for my learning journey. I entered this study as someone who had a few years of formal study/some experience speaking Arabic with family as a child - a mix of experiences which I thought may be difficult to accommodate. I wanted to focus on learning the Palestinian dialect but they offer classes for formal Arabic as well and that curriculum is often weaved into my coursework.

Dua'a had no problems creating tailored lessons for me and from day one I began learning Arabic that I was immediately able to use. The learning materials are fantastic - I have studied languages all my life, including doing a dual degree in French and a minor in Japanese and the materials we used and instruction methodology is as good if not better than any I've had. Dua'a is a gifted and empowering teacher and all of the Go Palestine team are extremely kind, enthusiastic about what they do, and willing to go to great lengths to accommodate your needs.

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Ashley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Arabic is an amazing language

During my time in Hebron, I had the privilege of working closely with Dana, an extraordinary teacher who tailored her instruction to fit my needs perfectly. Through our one-on-one sessions, I made significant strides in speaking, listening, and writing Arabic, which boosted my confidence in ways I never imagined.

Yet, this program wasn't just about language lessons. It offered eye opening day trips to places like the refugee camp in Hebron and Bethlehem, where I gained profound insights into Palestinian culture and society. Staying with a local host family further enriched my experience, allowing me to fully immerse myself and practice Arabic in real-life situations.

I wholeheartedly recommend this Arabic intensive program to anyone looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience. It's not just about improving your Arabic; it's about creating lasting memories that will stay with you forever. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Response from Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center for Cultural Exchange

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that your time in Hebron was so impactful and that Dana's personalized teaching made such a difference in your Arabic skills.

We're glad you enjoyed the cultural trips and the immersive experience with your host family. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we're delighted that the program created lasting memories for you. We hope to welcome you back in the future!

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Jessica
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Finding peace in Hebron

At first, I was worried about traveling to Palestine and Hebron because of the on going war. But when I got there, I found my fears were unnecessary. The people of Hebron were very welcoming and kind, and the center made sure we were safe.

My time at the Palestine Center was one of the best experiences I've had in all my travels. While I was there, I taught English to children in a Al Fawar refugee camp, which I think could really help their futures. The center also arranged trips for us to visit different cities in Palestine, giving us a full cultural experience.

I'll be coming back next year because there's so much more to experience.

Response from Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center for Cultural Exchange

Thank you for sharing your experience! We're delighted to hear that your initial worries were put to rest and that you found the people of Hebron welcoming and kind. It's wonderful that you enjoyed your time teaching at Al Fawar refugee camp and felt it could make a difference. We're glad the cultural trips enhanced your stay, and we're excited to welcome you back next year for more enriching experiences!

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Conor
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Palestine Dream

Visiting Palestine had always been a dream of mine. My recent two-month-long experience with the Teach English in Palestine program completely changed my perspective. Despite the effects of war, the country is beautiful, the people are warm, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is wonderful.

Teaching English to children in the refugee camps aged 8-13 was incredibly rewarding. The students were eager to learn, and the staff, especially Mr. Mohammad, were very supportive. I also connected with internationals and locals curious about other cultures. In addition, learning some Arabic was a bonus that I plan to continue. My teacher Duaa was amazing! Shukran Duaa :)

Shukran to all of you, and I hope to return in the future!

Response from Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center for Cultural Exchange

Thank you for your heartfelt review! We're thrilled that your dream of visiting Palestine was such a transformative experience. It's wonderful to hear that teaching English to children in the refugee camps was rewarding and that our supportive staff, especially Mr. Mohammad, made a positive impact.

We're glad you enjoyed the beautiful country, warm people, delicious food, and the opportunity to learn Arabic with Duaa. Shukran to you as well, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Interview

Why did you choose this program?

A bit of a coincidence really. I was planning a long trip to the Middle East and remembered someone who came in to my secondary school to talk about the Israel/Palestine conflict for Religious Education. He'd been volunteering with a human rights programme there. I remember thinking that it sounded really exciting, so I searched online for humanitarian volunteering in Palestine. GoPalestine was one the first to come up.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The people at GoPalestine assisted me with everything I needed. Before the trip we had several conversations so that I knew what to pack, what to expect and how to get there. When you arrive, you are their guest and they look after you with all the warm Middle Eastern hospitality you could wish for. It's kind of like having personal guides taking you round the city and introducing you to people.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

This is such a friendly and relaxed programme, the only advice I would really want to give someone is to take every opportunity to make the most of it. If people invite you for a meal, or for coffee, say yes. If they offer to take you to see someone, say yes. If they give you the opportunity to contribute to some project, say yes. Basically just keep saying yes. They're the best people you could hope to meet, and you'll end up with lots of experiences and lots of friends.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

You get a schedule before the week starts. Breakfast is at 8:30 each morning, and after that you'll have sessions teaching English, learning Arabic, or going to meet people who work in your area. For me, this meant going to meet lots of journalists, human rights lawyers, entrepreneurs etc. You get free time, too, and at weekends (Friday and Saturday here) the days are yours to explore as you like.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was not really bothered about security - the West Bank is not very dangerous currently, and I felt safe throughout. My biggest worries were over how nice the accommodation would be, and if I'd get on with the other volunteers. There were no problems with either in the end. In reality the hardest thing is the travel itself, because there are lots of suspicious Israeli checkpoints and security guards, so you'll need as much sincerity and confidence as you can manage.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Manar Amro

Job Title
International Activities Coordinator
Ms. Manar Amro is an experienced International Activities Coordinator at Go Palestine. With a passion for working with international volunteers and interns, she has spent many years dedicating herself to the field. As part of her role, she oversees the weekly schedules of all volunteers and interns, organizing their visits, meetings, and activities in the city of Hebron and Bethlehem.

Ms. Amro has built a wide network of local and national organizations that work in various fields, including human rights, education, and social development. She is well-known for her ability to connect with other NGOs, activists, and researchers, which allows her to provide unique opportunities for volunteers and interns to gain exposure to various aspects of Palestinian life and culture.

With her exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, Ms. Amro has proven to be a valuable member of the Go Palestine team. Her ability to coordinate activities and events with precision and care has contributed to the success of many programs and projects. Through her work, she has helped to foster meaningful relationships between international volunteers and the local community, creating a powerful platform for cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
Manar Amro holding a certificate with another person at The Palestinian Center

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favorite travel memories is from a trip I took to Nablus in Palestine a year ago. I went with a group of friends, and we decided to take a cooking class to learn how to make some traditional Kenafah dish.

The class was held in a small outdoor kitchen and our instructor was a kind older woman who spoke Nablusi dialect. She taught us how to make dishes like a great Nabulsi Kenafah. At the end of the class, we all sat down to enjoy our creations together. . It was a truly unforgettable experience to not only learn about this traditional sweet in Palestine but to also connect with the people in Nablus.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

As the International Activities Coordinator of Go Palestine, I have grown in many ways since joining the organization. I have developed my communication skills by working with a diverse group of international volunteers and interns, which has taught me to be more patient and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds.

I have also gained a better understanding of the importance of networking and building relationships with other NGOs, activists, and researchers in the field of human rights and social justice. Through organizing visits and meetings for our volunteers and interns, I have been able to connect with other like-minded individuals and organizations, and this has helped to strengthen our work and impact.

Additionally, organizing weekly schedules for the volunteers and interns has helped me to become more organized and efficient in my work. I have learned to manage my time better and prioritize tasks to ensure that our volunteers and interns have the best possible experience during their time in Palestine.

Overall, working with Go Palestine has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our volunteers, interns, and the local community.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One volunteer was teaching English at a local school in Hebron and had become particularly close to one of her students. The student had a difficult home life and often struggled in class, but the volunteer worked with her after school and provided extra support. Near the end of the volunteer's program, the student surprised her with a hand-drawn card expressing her gratitude and affection.

The volunteer was moved to tears and felt a deep sense of fulfillment knowing that she had made a positive impact on this young girl's life. This experience inspired her to continue volunteering and pursuing a career in education

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could go on any program that Go Palestine offers, I would choose the Media and Journalism Internship program. As someone who is interested in media and journalism, I believe that this program would provide me with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field while also learning about the challenges facing media in Palestine.

Through this program, I would have the chance to visit local media stations and learn about the constraints to media production and the ways in which the occupation inhibits freedom of speech in media. I would also have the opportunity to meet with Palestinian journalists and dialogue with them about media issues in Palestine.

Additionally, I would be able to learn Arabic and visit a number of historic and cultural sites in the city of Hebron. The program would also give me the chance to produce a short film about Palestine, which would be an incredible opportunity to learn about visual storytelling and documentary production.

I believe that the Media and Journalism Internship program would be an incredibly enriching experience that would allow me to develop my skills as a journalist while also gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges facing media in Palestine.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

One thing that makes our company unique is our emphasis on cultural immersion and community engagement. We strive to create programs that allow participants to not only learn about the local culture, but also actively participate in it through volunteer work, homestays, and other activities.

I was especially proud of my team when we organized a successful community event that brought together international volunteers, local residents, and representatives from various NGOs in the area. The event included cultural performances, interactive activities, and discussions on issues related to human rights and social justice. Seeing the positive impact our team had on the community and the connections that were formed between people from different backgrounds was truly inspiring.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that the biggest factor in our success is our commitment to building meaningful relationships with our community partners and the people we serve. By working closely with local organizations, activists, and community members, we are able to better understand their needs and perspectives, and design programs that are responsive to their concerns.

Additionally, we are proud of our team's dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for our international volunteers and interns, while also providing opportunities for them to engage with and learn from Palestinian culture and society. By combining our commitment to community engagement and our focus on providing impactful and enriching experiences for our participants, we have been able to establish Go Palestine as a trusted and respected organization in Palestine.