The International Youth Exchange Program (Zajel) has recently concluded its 3rd summer camp which included 11 European trainers and volunteers. The camp aimed at offering An-Najah students training on social media, short document production, public speaking in English and learning French through songs.
The camp included a series of visits to different places in Palestine to introduce the volunteers to social, economic and political life in Palestine and change the stereotyped image about Palestinian people, culture and history.
The volunteers visited Hebron, Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Jericho, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Sebastia and other places. They also resided foe 14 day in Nablus were they had been to An-Najah Campus to engage with the students.
They were very much engaged in the Palestinian life that they were in direct contact with Palestinian residents in various parts.
In Hebron, they went to the old city and Al-Ibrahimi Mosque.
In Bethlehem, they visited the old city, the Church of Nativity, Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel and the Palestinian Heritage Center (PHC). Then they experienced the Jerusalem wilderness with the Bedouins of ’Arab Ar-Rashaid.
In Nablus, they headed to Balata Camp, Joseph’s Tomb, Al-Bathan Falls and Salah Khalaf Centre in Al-Far’a.
They also went to the Samaritan village to learn about its culture, heritage and traditions. In Ramallah, They visited Yasser Arafat Museum and the Statue of Nelson Mandela.
During their visit to Jericho, they learned about the importance of Jordan Valley and entered Jesus Baptismal Site and Deir Hajla.
The camp included field trips to local companies such as the Palestine Red Crescent Society, Al-Amal Hospital and Isra Software and Computer Company.
It also included a series of workshops that tackled issues like the Palestinian history, political scene in Palestine and other important topics.
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.