- Explore the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while living in Jerusalem, one of the holiest cities in the world.
- Meet with Rabbis for Human Rights, an organization that fights injustice on both sides of the green line.
- Hike overnight down to the Dead Sea to catch the sunrise, jump in the Sea of Galilee, and walk along Tel Aviv’s beautiful beaches.
- Work and stay at a West Bank community centre with Roots, a grassroots initiative led by local Palestinians and Israelis to create a physical space for mutual understanding and dialogue.
Backpacking with a Purpose: Apply by November 22!
Control over Palestine has changed hands many times over the centuries, with both Jews and Palestinians claiming true ownership. On this unique program, Operation Groundswell goes beyond the news articles and polarizing rhetoric often found in the mainstream media to really explore the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
We will explore the complex history, political currents, and cultural similarities and schisms that have created one of the most nuanced and controversial conflicts of today. We’ll get in touch with the many lived experiences of this land throughout the centuries, asking that essential question: “what is home?” We will engage with multiple narratives of displacement and learn about the diverse alternative approaches to peace and reconciliation being employed from within the region.
More than the politics, we’ll discover the many beautiful people, places, and events that happen every single day that are never reported on.
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The program fee does not include flights, insurance, or personal expenses such as souvenirs. We also ask team members for a community contribution that goes directly to support our local in-country partners.
As a registered non-profit, we're committed to financial accessibility. Our Financial Needs Grant can cover 15-25% of your five- or six-week program fee and is available for anyone experiencing financial strain, including individuals from low-income households, students, and recent graduates.