Zajel Opens “For A Better Future" International Voluntary Workcamp

 1/8/2005

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.

 

The 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.

 

The 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.

 

The 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.