My name is Victor Hugo Calero, I am 20 years old and I am from Ecuador. Actually I am studying Law at Universidad de las Américas in Quito, thats why I choosed the Lawyers in Palestine Program organized by the Palestinian center (Go Palestine) for engage with the Palestinian legal system and be able to expand my knowledge while learning another language and a different culture. At the Palestinian Center I was able to experience the palestinian languague, history, food, culture and friendship with all the members of the center that help me in everything I need.
During my internship I met Palestinian lawyers that explained me the way laws work in Palestine and the limitations and challenges they faced with the israeli ocupation. Also I was able to visit Hebron University and the Law College, there the teachers explained me the unique history of Palestinian laws since the otoman periodo until the Palestinian Authorithy laws.
They exposed me the difficulties with the ones Palestinian universities have to deal with, specially the law students and teachers that come to hebron. After the College I visited the court in Hebron were a lawyer explained me how the procederes work, then we went to a Law firm for learn about the difficulties and human rights violations palestinians have to face, specially moving around Palestine. Finally I went to a NGO that help women defend their rights, then I went to a refugee camp near Hebron were I learned about the refugee situation and how the Un help improving their situation. I also received arabic clases were I learned the Palestinian dialect and pronunciation.
The Palestinian culture surprises you since the moment you arrived, they are friendly with anyone and would help you in everything they can. In my opinión Palestine is safer than many latinamerican countries. In Hebron I didnt experience any violence and I feel safer than in Israel.
I recomend visit Palestine and join the programs at the Palestinian center for be able to understand the reality of palestinians and engage with this amazing culture.