The International Youth Exchange Program (Zajel) has recently concluded its August international camp which was dedicated for school and university students.
The camp offered interactive training on labor market skill development, psychological support, emotional control, yoga and English public speaking skills as well as learning French and Spanish through singing.
The two-week camp included a series of visits to Palestinian cities such as Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Beit Sahour and Jericho in addition to Sebastia, Al-Bathan Falls, Jiftlik and Gamaeen.
The camp participants visited Nablus, Balata Camp, Yafa Cultural Centre, Joseph’s Tomb, the Old and the New Campus and the Samaritan Museum.
They also experienced the Jerusalem wilderness with the Bedouins of ’Arab Ar-Rashaid. In Bethlehem they went to Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel, the Church of Nativity, the old city, the Apartheid Wall and Beit Jala.
In Hebron, they went in a field trip to the old city market to learn about the economic and social challenges there and then went to Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi as well as a number of factories in the area.
In Jericho, they entered Jesus Baptismal Site, Qitaf Company, the Salt Factory, Deir Hajla and Hisham Ibn Abd Al-Malik Palace.
In Ramallah, They visited Yasser Arafat Museum, the Statue of Nelson Mandela and the A.M. Qattan Foundation.
The participants also attended a number of lectures given by Dr. Anan Jayyousi from the Water and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Amjad Abu El-Ezz from the Political Science Department who discussed with them different topics.
They also visited the An-Najah Constitutional Studies Centre and went to a number of social events to learn about Palestinian’s daily life.
The camp was concluded with a meeting with Professor Maher Natsheh, President of An-Najah who thanked the volunteers for sharing their experience with the Palestinian students.
The camp students finally talked about their experience referring to the camp’s advantages which allowed them to interact with diverse nationalities and learn about new cultures.