International Summer Camp and Workshops in Palestine 2011
International Summer Camp and Workshops in Palestine
May 28th – June 12th, 2011
Zajel International Youth Exchange Program
Public Relations Department
An-Najah National University
“Rays of Justice”
"All possible facilities shall be granted to internees to continue their studies or to take up new subjects. The education of children and young people shall be ensured; they shall be allowed to attend schools either within the place of internment or outside."
Fourth Geneva Convention Art.94
An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine is pleased to announce another Summer Camp Program for 2011. Facilitated by the International Youth Exchange Program (Zajel) of the Public Relation Department, this program will host a two-week long enculturation and education for our guests that shed light into the intricacies of the Palestinian experience. An-Najah National University kindly invites international students to explore this opportunity and to engage academically, culturally and socially with our university and the people of Palestine.
Rays of justiceis one of Zajel's promising projects. This year it will offer the opportunity for international volunteers to attend carefully selected lectures by remarkable educators about different fields and issues, in addition to working with Palestinian university students and peers in different fields of professionally-needed skills.
Zajel International Summer Camp and Workshops
The event will be a challenging two-week experience. The participants will have the chance to discuss relevant issues in the world, particularly in Palestine. All volunteers will have the chance to work and create positive and real impact in our community through a variety of activities related to social youth development. Living and working together in Nablus, the volunteers will gain a better understanding of themselves, Palestinian social/political questions, the world around them and the continuing Palestinian struggle for freedom, In addition, participants will have the chance to work and cooperate with Palestinian university students and lecturers on two different themes:
Zajel’s Summer Camp:
Having a ten-year experience in youth exchange programs and activities, Zajel is now pleased to invite peers and international students to take part in this new experience of an International Summer Camp. The international participants along with local volunteers will have the chance to attend classes and lectures that include topics selected by remarkable teachers for two weeks at An-Najah National University's campus.
The topics include a variety of topics and issues concerning the Palestinian cause in terms of its history, present and future, in addition to a wide range of subjects listed below. We aim to provide the participants with a clearer image about diverse aspects of Palestine and the Middle East, as well as, to narrow the gap of misunderstanding and challenge misconceptions. Topics covered in the lectures include:
· Cultural differences.
· Comparative religion
· Stereotypes and images.
· Oral History.
· Architectural art during the Ottoman age, old cities in Palestine and heritage.
· Education and scientific research in Palestine.
· Nakba; (War) of 1948.
· The Wall.
· Ethnic cleansing.
· Nonviolent means of resistance.
· Water issues in Palestine.
· Prisoners and land confiscation.
· Western media and the Palestinian question.
· Human rights in the Occupied Territories.
· Geneva Convention, UN Resolution and Israeli violations of human rights.
· Minorities in Palestine.
Through international solidarity work and skill sharing, it is possible to help empower young Palestinians to create a better reality for themselves. We try to provide as many positive options as we can in a very negative situation, recognizing that many previous international students have quite interesting qualifications and skills to share with our local students, as well as, a willingness to provide assistance. Here is an outline of the workshops comprising this section of the camp:
Public Speaking – Being able to communicate with large groups of people is paramount to any social movement. Possessing discourse skills and the ability to deliver lectures and public speeches is important for any student who wishes to establish self-confidence and build a strong personality. Learning such skills will enhance the individual's linguistic skills especially if he / she is delivering a speech using English. This is considered fundamental training for his / her fluency in a certain language.
Conversation – English language and conversational etiquette taught by a native speaker is a novelty in Palestine. Having the chance to speak and converse with internationals and native speakers is very important in learning any language. It is the practical side of learning through which the learner could acquire the right accent, pronunciation and new vocabulary.
Team Building – Very little can be achieved with even the most gifted and dedicated people working in isolation to pursue their own goals. Working in a team is the genesis for any social movement. This workshop will include some theoretical background on teamwork and consensus decision making, accompanied by practical exercises. The issue of team building will also be incorporated into many other workshops.
Time Management – A workshop on how to make the most of the time and energy we have. Good time management improves personal well-being and helps achieve individual and societal objectives.
Social Media – In this technological era, the way in which information spreads is changing. Through the use of social media, information and dialogue can be readily available and easily accessed by people around the world. We need to employ this potential to the best of our ability.
Debating skills – This workshop will aim to enhance debating ability through teaching diplomacy skills, confidence, and style of argument. A key learning method will be role-playing because; sustained role-playing can also improve our insight into other people's points of view and the validity of our own opinions and ideologies.
Professionalism in Communication- It is essential that communication between individuals, as well as, in group settings is carried out with respect and professional conduct. Native speakers in English will be able to provide firsthand knowledge and experience about how to interact with strangers and foreigners. This workshop will focus on developing the skills and manners in accordance with norms and practices of global culture in communication.
Corporate Media – This is the kind of media through which most people form their opinion about the Palestinian Israeli situation and therefore, it is of great importance. This workshop will include an analysis of commercial media coverage. A workshop such as this can be used to deepen our understanding of some of the obstacles in the way of the liberation of Palestine.
Music workshops – Volunteers who have background experience and skills in the field of music can share their experience with students from the Music Department at the University's Faculty of Fine Arts. At the end of the summer camp, the volunteers and the students will compose joint musical pieces, which they will play in the final concert.
The International Summer Camp "Rays of justice" will bring together young people who are interested in helping to create a better world. We are specifically targeting people who are capable of providing a proper course on specific topics and who also seek a unique and informative experience of Palestine. We seek highly motivated men and women to contribute to the Program and to study and teach in an academic environment. The Program is intended to bring students and volunteers to interact with our local participants.
If the announcement for this extraordinary opportunity has drawn your interest, we encourage you to request an application and informational packet for the Summer Camp Program. You can do so by contacting us through email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
· Date: May 28th – June 12th, 2011
· Time and venue:
The Summer Camp workshops and lectures will take place in class rooms and meeting halls at the campuses of An-Najah University, which are equipped with needed utilities and tools.
The Program will be divided into two shifts: The morning shift will be concerned with the Summer Camp schedule and lectures and the latter will mainly be dedicated to workshop activities.
Zajel will be responsible for providing suitable accommodations for the participants at special apartment-dorms outside An-Najah National University's campus: the Program will be in charge of the transportation to and from the apartments.
There is no need to get a visa before coming to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Instead, you can obtain your visa upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport where you will be received by a representative of the University. He / She will then take care of any immediate needs and escort you to the dormitory near An-Najah National University.
· Access to the University's computer labs and internet:
Access to internet at the University is easy, free and accessible for everyone through the many computer labs that are located at the New and Old campuses; There you can access your e-mail account and surf the internet freely.
Food is available for you at the University's Cafeterias, which are located at both the New and Old campuses (three full meals per day plus snacks in-between meals). You will have a variety of local food and dishes. Special meals can be prepared for dietary reasons.
· Health and safety measures:
Since the establishment of the new government headed by Prime Minister, Dr. Salam Fayyad, the situation in the West Bank and the city of Nablus is more stable now than it used to be a few years ago. This effective leadership has taken the authority to spread security and maintain stable situations in the country. The Program will take place at academically-purposed class rooms and halls on the University's campuses: security will be maintained by professional university security systems and personnel, as well as, the assistance of well-trained local volunteers.
The Program is fully responsible for airport transportations to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, through the barriers surrounding the West Bank and Nablus city, in addition to being responsible of the local transportations according to the official schedule.
The Program will also provide all participants with health insurance covering, which would cover any incidents during their stay here with the Program.
$400 USD per person
The fee includes:
- Food & Accommodation.
- Local transportation for trips across the West Bank and from and to Tel Aviv Airport.
- Administrative cost.
- Health Insurance.
Airfare: Airfare is not provided as part of the Zajel Summer Camp Program. It is expected that airfare is arranged accordingly with participants of the Program. Prices vary, so it is best to book your flight early.
The Program's primary objective is to provide a common ground for education and enlightenment through a set of topics that cover major aspects of the Palestinian cause and its people. The Program also seeks to provide a space to share knowledge and expertise between international and local students.
The Program will provide a suitable venue to foster the exchange of ideas and cultures, as will as, to bridge the gap of misunderstanding and misconceptions.
Zajel ( "Dove" in Arabic)
Zajel Youth Exchange Program of the Public Relations Department at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine is pleased to invite youth and students to take part in the Summer Camp entitled "Rays of Justice". This project has been designed to provide international students and professionals with the opportunity to study the Palestinian experience firsthand. This unique opportunity will act as a venue for meeting and discussing the Middle East conflict, sharing ideas, enhancing practical skills, fostering relationships, and giving assistance to members of the Palestinian community.
An-Najah National University, founded in 1977, is the largest university in Palestine. Students come from different regions of the country seeking knowledge and education. A focal point of the university is the active and responsible participation of students in community life. All students are strongly encouraged to perform voluntary work for the University or the community.
For more information about An-Najah National University please visit the University's website: www.najah.edu
In direct conjunction with the University's focal points, Zajel Youth Exchange Program offers the opportunity for local students to participate in camps, summer schools and other international exchange programs in order to experience intercultural dialogue and enhance social and communication skills. To read more about what the International Youth Exchange Programs have accomplished over the last ten years, please refer to this link: http://youth.zajel.org
Alaa Yousef/ Coordinator
Zajel Youth Exchange Program
Public Relations Department
An-Najah National University
Tell: 0097092345113, Ext: 882452