Volunteer in Palestine

Volunteer Palestine

About

Volunteer Palestine is a grassroots volunteer travel organization established by locals. The founders of the program are refugees from Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem who wanted to find a way to assist the local community where resources are limited.

We offer volunteering programs in Law and Human Rights, Journalism, Refugee and Community Development, Art and Design and many more............

The concept of Volunteer Palestine, as with any good idea, came about in a conversation among friends in a coffee shop. We wanted to come up with a way that would engage the international community with the Palestinian culture while also providing much needed resources to local organizations and families. We figured the best way to do is to invite you to come live, volunteer and socialize with us to discover what we are all out.

Founded
2016
Headquarters

Hebron Road
Bethlehem
Palestinian Territories

Reviews

Ahmad
10/10

My experience with Volunteer Palestine was life-changing. Volunteer Palestine gave me the chance to visit the country my parents were born in for the first time. I was able to volunteer with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. We traveled to rural areas and set up mobile clinics. Everyone I worked with was so nice and welcoming. I made close friendships that I have held onto since my trip. I cannot wait to go back and reconnect with all of the amazing people I met through VP. I was able to see so much of Palestine in just two weeks and the leaders of VP were always available to help me and show me around Bethlehem. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to experience Palestine and contribute to some of the amazing work people are doing there.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Reef
10/10

I volunteered with Volunteer Palestine for five weeks in the summer of 2018. I was located in the Aida refugee camp, where I worked both in the Aida Youth Center and at the local UNRWA elementary school. I stayed at a shared apartment in Beit Jala. My primary responsibility was to teach music with Sanabella, a music student who grew up in the Aida camp, in a 10-day summer camp hosted at the UNRWA school for about 130 children. While overwhelming at times, it was an incredible experience. The children were enthusiastic, energetic, and compassionate. The people of Aida welcomed me with open arms, and I enjoyed my time in Palestine so much I delayed my departure by a week. I made friends I still communicate with, and am actually meeting up with a fellow volunteer in February this year. Looking forward to my next visit to Palestine, and am itching to reunite with my Aida family. :)

How can this program be improved?
I think it would be helpful to ask potential volunteers a few more questions during the interview/onboarding process related to where they are most experienced and what their primary skills are. This could help reduce the amount of time some volunteers spend feeling like they don't know what to do/how to contribute.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Simoneta
10/10

There are more little bits and pieces to make you fall in love with a place than I could possibly ever tell. My landlord family who had me over for dinner every single day during Ramadan and afterwards we’d sit and watch silly Egyptian TV shows even though I understood nothing. The little girl who hugged me so hard and didn’t want to let me go when she saw me leaving the camp. The teenager who turned around on the bus in Jerusalem to stick a big bag of candy in my hands. The laundryman who gave me an arabic name and called me Zahra every time I went back. My merchant friends who didn’t want to sell me anything but just talk politics and drink tea. The woman who gave me bread at Qalandia because we’d been waiting for hours. Every single person that stopped to help me find the way even though I wasn’t lost. Drinking carrot and orange juice from the 24 hour juice place while watching the chaos at Al Manara. The 4 shekel falafel which saved me so many times. Homemade mujaddara. The music and fire at Hosh al Yasmine. I could go on for hours and I still can't possibly describe even a little what Palestine feels like. What made this experience unforgettable is that there almost everything is a lesson. You're constantly learning- not only while being at your desk or researching an assignment but also though your daily contact with the people and the place itself .In general I have never lived anywhere where so many people continuously and unconditionally offer help and encouragement at every corner, despite living under difficult conditions as they do in the West Bank”

How can this program be improved?
its perfect, i dont think it need to be improved.
Yes, I recommend this program

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