Go Palestine - The Palestinian Center

The Palestinian Center - Go Palestine

About

The Palestinian Center (Go Palestine) for Education and Cultural Exchange was established as a youth initiative to offer educational and community services to its Palestinian population by means of a diverse and international staff. It is located in the heart of Hebron on Ein Sarah Street, and it is under the supervision of the Palestinian Authority. The Center's convenient location makes it easy for internationals and Palestinian students to access it.

Reviews

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Jaime
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I will be returning! Amazing Program.

I am a 49 year old trial attorney with over 20 years experience defending the rights of the accused which recently has included people from the Levant including Palestine.
Prior to this program I studied Fusha (MSA) for two years and studied the Egyptian Dialect in Cairo for 2 weeks with some travel to Jordan and Jerusalem.

My program was only for two weeks but I wish it would have been longer. During this brief time, Mohammad Tamimi coordinated trips to Fawwar Refugee Camp, Masafer Yatta, Umm al-Khair, Women’s Studies Center, Palestinian Courts (Hebron and Halhool), Hebron Delegation of the Red Cross and Ibrahimi Mosque.

Breakfast was provided every morning with Um Mohannad making fresh Zaatar bread with falafel and hummus. Mohammad Aburumoooz was an awesome arabic teacher providing daily lessons of the Palestinian Dialect.

Prior to the trip I had questions and Mutaz Tamimi answered them via zoom calls.

On my last day in Hebron, I was having some difficulty finding a taxi in Hebron due to the empty streets during the celebration of Eid al-Adha. Thankfully at the last minute I texted Mohammad Tamimi via Whatsapp and with short notice he was able to have a taxi pick me up at my flat.

In short, I highly recommend this program for their professionalism and knowledge of the community.

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Jack
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

English teaching

Hi. My name is Jack McGrath. I am 28 years old and from Ireland. I am currently a teacher of English and History in Dubai. I participated in "Go Palestine" program for 3 weeks this Summer.
During my time at the "Go Palestine" Centre, I participated in a wide variety of teaching in the West Bank area. These included, teachers that needed extra help in speaking English and students doing Summer camp. Further from this, I also visited many areas around the city. These include, a visit to Hebron villages around the city, to Bethlehem, refugee camps and the Old city of Hebron itself. These trips allowed me to further educate myself of the current political situation as well as gain a greater appreciation for Palestinian history and culture.
During my time at the Centre I studied Arabic from an excellent teacher called Mrs. Shurook. She was incredibly encouraging and supportive. She was able to tailor the lessons to my needs of a student. Were we able to go at my pace due to it being a one on one lesson.
I really enjoyed the environment at the Go Palestine Centre. The staff are all very nice and instantly make you feel pat of the community. I was also able to make strong friendships with many of the other volunteers due to our shared interests in Palestine.

Pros
  • Experience of Palestine
  • The people are so helpful
  • Staff are very friendly
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Sydney
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Shami Arabic in Palestine

I stayed in Hebron for one month with a Palestinian host family and completed the intensive Arabic course at Go Palestine. I cannot even begin to describe my time here in Palestine, and how happy I am that I chose this experience. During my stay, I have traveled to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Ramallah, and of course, Hebron. I have been invited to and attended weddings, other parties, and simple dinner and tea/coffee invitations. I have met so many lifelong friends, both from Palestine and other internationals at the center. I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the occupation and Palestinian daily life through visits to several organizations, museums and refugee camps and, along with massively improving my Arabic skills.

Pros
  • Better your Arabic skills
  • Meet new people
  • Learn about Palestinian culture, history, struggles
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David
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend!

Loved Hebron and the media Internship that I did for the month of May! Although I wasn’t doing this in uni, I have a keen interest in media and the history of the West Bank. What I got to learn with this program was unbelievable; most of which I couldn’t have done myself. I had the chance to talk to the reporters, owners and managers of some of the regions most influential radio stations, refugee camps, and many independent journalists. I also got so much valuable local knowledge from travelling in Hebron. Also with the 2 days off in the week, I had the chance to visit the other cities and sites in the region.
The programme also offers other chances; with my Arabic lessons and helping students with English development I learned so much about the local youth culture.
I would highly recommend the programme, and would also add that safety was surprisingly not an issue at all. If any problems do emerge, Motaz is happy to tweak your timetable to suit your preferences if possible. If you’re adventurous and would like to learn about media in an occupied territory and the Palestinian culture, this is for you✌️

Pros
  • Great access to media organisations
  • Accommodation and full day program included
  • Optional extras, like learning Arabic and teaching English
Cons
  • Sometimes what’s happening may be vague, make sure to state what you’d like to do and should be ok
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Kathal
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

an experience of a life time..

Hi, my name is Cathal, I am 27 years old and from Ireland. Earlier this year I decided to partake on the Human Rights and Conflict program for two weeks in Hebron – Palestine. I am currently a student at Queens University Belfast studying International Relations and Conflict Studies. It made so much sense to apply for an internship with GO Palestine regarding my study field however for long Ireland has held strong solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom while under its current occupation. Therefore, it was essential I traveled to Palestine to gain an on the ground experience of the struggle and of course experience the famous warm hospitality.

My experience in Hebron and at the Palestinian center has been excellent. On arrival I was greeted with open arms and throughout my duration of stay closely cared for. Hebron is a city that never sleeps which if fantastic as there is much to see and much to do. The hustle and bustle of the city will keep you entertained and will most importantly will make you feel at home with the hospitality.

My days in Hebron consisted of meeting Human Rights Organizations, Refugee Camps, Field Visits and local craft businesses. I also got to experience at first hand the daily struggles Palestinians face from checkpoints and the physical presence of armed occupation.

Safety is the centers number one priority and as an international visitor they are aware of the probable concern that will exist. I will be honest and say that of course I was anxious but my nerves where soon settled by the organization, from the center staff and the many local Palestinians. I know this matter will be first and foremost highly thought of as a travelling international but please be reassured that you will be safe.

Fun is to be had in Palestine with trips to Ramallah and Bethlehem but you will stay most of your time in Hebron. Hebron’s culture is vivid with socializing being at the heart of it. I have made strong friendships over the two weeks with other internationals but also amazing local Palestinians that have kept me entertained to the max which I am entirely grateful for.

I am writing this two week review although already planning my next trip to Palestine but next time will be for longer. The experience is rewarding and will of course enhance my political aspirations. Please do not think twice about applying at GO Palestine as I did not. There is much to see! Apply now!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I wanted to experience Palestinian culture as well as the refugee situation first-hand. I also wanted to help students learn English through Music and in turn learn Arabic. Furthermore, I wanted to gain insight into the daily lives of those affected by the conflict.

This program looked to be a perfect fit for me and I am glad I made the decision to participate as a volunteer.

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

My program provider made me feel welcome in Hebron from day one and provided me with a fantastic apartment in the heart of the city. I lived in this apartment with fellow volunteers who I became close friends with and shared unforgettable experiences. I organized some day trips on my own and my program provider also organized group tours to various sights in Hebron.

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

The best advice I can give to someone going on this program is to immerse yourself in the culture as soon as possible and go along with the flow of daily life.

Practice Arabic with local people who will be more than happy to help you out and don't be afraid to ask for help whenever necessary. The Palestinian people are extremely hospitable, welcoming and warm.

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

An average week as a participant of this program may involve one-on-one English tuition, classroom English teaching, volunteer work in refugee camps and also Arabic classes if you would like to learn Arabic.

I encourage participants to learn conversational Arabic to help with daily interactions, especially in refugee camps where English is less commonly spoken. This will improve your overall experience.

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

My biggest fear before going on my trip was that I wouldn't be welcomed as a foreigner and I would struggle to learn the local language. I committed myself to a certain amount of Arabic hours per week and, although I am not fluent, this helped greatly to learn basic conversational skills and interact with Palestinians.

What did you learn on your program that will stay with you?

This experience has been one of a lifetime and something I will never forget. The community and spirit of Palestinian people are incomparable and I have never before felt so welcomed in a city as I did in Hebron. Exchanging cultures has been mutually beneficial and I have learned so much about a culture I previously knew so little about.