When you are a Palestinian refugee, you are a person who lost their home and livelihood following the conflict in 1948, and a person among over 750,000 Palestinians who live in 27 refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. Over the years, refugee camps in Palestine have transformed from temporary tent cities into hyper-congested masses of multi-story buildings with narrow alleys, characterized by high concentrations of poverty and extreme overcrowding. These camps are considered the densest urban spaces in the world.
As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of refugee daily life in Palestine. You may choose to live with a host family in a refugee camp to experience and research the social and economic hardships confronted by the camp residents. You can also be placed with local NGOs whose work is focused on human development, humanitarian issues, primary and vocational education, primary healthcare, relief and social services and infrastructure, all of which aim to improve the living and social conditions of the camp residents.
Students, researchers and other volunteers who have an interest in refugee affairs, conflict resolution, Middle East affairs and anthropology, could find this program rather intriguing.