Zajel Opens “For A Better Future"
International Voluntary Workcamp
With the participation of
thirty international volunteers, Zajel Youth Exchange Program, of
the Public Relation Department of An-Najah National University,
opened its International Voluntary Workcamp for this year. The
camp will bring together young international volunteers from
different nationalities and backgrounds, who also represent
various youth and voluntary organizations from: the USA UK, Italy,
Bulgaria, Portugal, Hungary, Honduras, Switzerland, Austria,
Netherlands, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other countries; all
of whom are coming to Palestine for the first time to experience
three weeks of living with their fellow Palestinian students from
An-Najah National University.
camp started on the 1st August and lasts until 21st
August. It includes different activities and events that are based
on voluntary work which will take place at the Community
Development Center at Askar Refugee Camp, east of Nablus City. The
volunteers, both local and international, will be working with the
camp’s children in different sorts of entertainment and
educational activities including: sports and games, music, drama
and theatre, drawing and painting, psychological release and
English classes. The other part of the voluntary camp will include
lectures and cultural workshops for the volunteers in the fields
of Islam, woman, politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict,
Palestinian history, education in Palestine and other topics.
There will also be study visits to different sites of the city,
especially the old city of Nablus and its refugee camps, in
addition to visits to the different institutions and NGO’s working
in various social fields.
international volunteers will also have the opportunity to
organize workshops about their own countries and cultures, their
history and politics, share their national dishes and music with
the other volunteers and will be able to discuss many topics that
will enrich everybody’s cultural background.
work-camp comes as part of Zajel Youth Exchange Program activities
that aim to encourage the cultural exchange between Palestinian
and international youths, help the internationals experience the
reality of Palestinian life and culture away from the incitement
and the stereotypes promoted by some western media against the
Palestinians and their cause and narrow the gap between the
Palestinian youth and their fellow youth activists working in
voluntary organizations around the world.