Volunteer Abroad in the Palestinian Territory

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Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3000 voluntary service projects in more than 100 countries. Each year we provide almost 1,000 volunteers with invaluable opportunities to strengthen their ability to communicate in diverse groups, explore grassroots leadership opportunities, and build cultural understanding and connections around the world.

VFP offers service projects that arise from a grassroots, community based need for adults, teens, seniors, families and groups. Volunteers can choose between Short-Term Projects (Also known as Workcamps) where volunteers from 4 or more countries come together for a 2-3 week service project, or Individual Service Adventures & Gap Year Projects (Also known as Medium Term or Permanent Projects) involve working with VFP to create a personalized 2-week to 1-year experience.

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Lajee Center, Aida Camp

Participating in the Lajee Center 2011 International work camp was a life-changing experience. Having participated in previous international work camps, I anticipated working hard and meeting some amazing people while in the West Bank. While both of those certainly were true of my time at Lajee, this experience was rich in many other ways. Working at the Aida refugee camp gave me insight into what life is like living under occupation and into the complexity of the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

The accommodations in a local school were comfortable and delicious home cooked food was plentiful! The founders of the work camp have been running it for many years and have excellent contacts among religious, political and local community leaders so we heard a wide range of perspectives. During the camp we also planted trees, played with children, studied Arabic, and traveled to different parts of Palestine. We even spent one night camping in the desert at 5th century monastery.

I don’t think the warmth and hospitality of the Palestinian people can be matched anywhere else in the world. It is difficult even to walk down the street without being invited in for coffee or tea. I hope many others will be able to travel to Palestine and see the wonderful contribution the Lajee Center makes for the lives of children at Aida camp.

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It would be longer!
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