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International summer-camp-2012

  1. 1. INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CAMP2012 “LIVE AND EXPERIENCE PALESTINIAN DAILY LIFE” “ISC” You are invited to the International Summer Camp in Hebron, Palestine, hosted by Excellence Center, a local educational institution. ISC is a cultural immersion program for internationals taking place this fall. As a student and cultural ambassador in Palestine, you will have the opportunity to experience Palestinian daily life and familiarize yourself with the area’s rich history. The program will provide participants with an entertaining, enriching, and dynamic stay. Visitors will have an authentic view of the West Bank led by Palestinian guides. The camp includes speakers from a variety of backgrounds including education, intercultural communications and Palestinian studies. You will see firsthand the many traditions, cultures, foods and people of this vibrant land. In addition, this year participants will arrive to the West Bank just in time to experience the final days of one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan! During this month, adult Muslims must fast from dawn until sunset and do not eat or drink. However, some people (children, the elderly or infirm, travelers and expecting mothers) are excused from fasting. There is one night that is especially important called Lailat al-Qadr, or The Night of Destiny. This night marks the first occasion on which the Prophet Mohammed received the Holy Quran and falls on one of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Also, after the last day of this month, there is Eid al-Fitr. During Eid al-Fitr, children wear new clothes, receive gifts and people visit
  2. 2. their friends and relatives. Ramadan is a celebrated and prayerful time inMuslim countries and will be a wonderful glimpse into Islamic culture forvisitors in Palestine.Come experience Palestine from an insider’s view!ISC’s GoalThe Excellence Center aims to achieve a diverse cultural exchange andsocial dialogue at ISC by hosting people from around the world. Thesediverse perspectives will enrich the camp, the Center and participants. Youwill see true Palestinian life and be introduced to new points of view. TheISC Program promises a positive and enriching experience.ISC provides the opportunity for internationals to: Live in Hebron, including trips to the Old City, holy sites and local refugee camps. Learn spoken Arabic from native speakers and embrace the opportunity to communicate with locals Travel to historical locations and nearby cities including Jerusalem, Jericho, Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem Spend time and live with a Palestinian host family, if desired Visit Palestinian universities, local institutions and organizations specializing in culture and education Eat local Palestinian foods and desserts Attend cultural nights featuring entertainment, activities and sport Listen to distinguished lecturers discussing Palestinian heritage and history.Volunteer workYou will have the opportunity to give back to the community throughvolunteer work during your time in Hebron. For example you may spend anafternoon working with the Old City Rehabilitation committee or lead agroup of Palestinian students in lessons on your native language. This will
  3. 3. help immerse you further into the community and allow you to leave apositive contribution from you time in Palestine.Eligibility for ISC English speakers who are above 18 are eligible to participate in ISC.To apply, please read the enclosed information and submit your resume anda completed application to by June 30th, 2012.ISC’s Dates Excellence Center will host the 2012 International Summer Camp inHebron from August 16th through August 26th.Associated Fees ISC fees amount to $1100 or 842 €. Accommodations, food, andtraveling within Palestine during the week are included and will be arrangedfor the guests.Selection Date We will confirm your acceptance to participate in ISC via email byJuly 10th. Following your selection we will arrange a meeting via Skype todiscuss the details of your trip and travel arrangements.Accommodations Travel arrangements and accommodations within the West Bank willbe scheduled and coordinated by Excellence Center. Participants have theoption of staying with a host family or in a rented apartment.
  4. 4. Detailed Summer Camp program A detailed summer camp program will be provided after the selectionof the participants has taken place.Visa A tourist visa lasting 90 days will be granted to you upon your arrivalin Israel. There is no need to obtain a visa ahead of time.Traveling to and from Hebron The West Bank is accessible by border crossings from Israel andJordan. From Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, take a shared taxi toDamascus Gate in Jerusalem, and then a bus to Bethlehem. A representativeof Excellence Center will be waiting to escort you to Hebron. Participantshave the option of extending their stay in the area to include traveling toother countries either before or after ISC.Participants Excellence Center is looking for 25 dynamic individuals to host at the2012 International Summer Camp in Hebron, Palestine. The camp willprovide a forum for cultural exchange and immersion. We aim to achievesocial discourse and understanding, while giving participants an authenticexperience of the West Bank.About Excellence Center Located on Ein Sara, the main street of Hebron, Excellence Centerspecializes in providing convenient educational services to students andprofessionals. Due to a lack of resources many Palestinians lack proficiencyin foreign languages and communication skills. Such deficiencies poseserious challenges to obtaining a university degree and participating in thelabor market.
  5. 5. We offer language classes at all levels and courses on other critical subjects such as CV and cover letter writing and interview preparation. The English conversation program pairs participants with native speakers so that they have the opportunity to improve speaking, listening, and comprehension. We believe hosting teachers from abroad facilitates diversity and cultural immersion in the classroom. The Excellence Center also provides career consulting services in areas such as project management and proposal and research writing. Obtaining proficiency in these fields enables graduates of EC courses to better themselves and help build a positive future for Palestine. For more information about the camp, please contact us :Website: www.excellencenter.orgEmail: Apply@excellencenter.orgMobile No: +49 176 39353950 Thank you very much! ‫شكرا جزيال‬