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Summer Encounter

Immerse Yourself and Experience Indigenous Cultures

Summer Encounter

Uncover Palestine this summer with our acclaimed travel program, the Summer Encounter. Immerse yourself in an extraordinary experience and explore faith, culture and justice through guided journeys of discovery. Join us for a month-long voyage that will broaden your understanding of the region's past and present realities.

What to Expect

  • Explore 10 different cities and villages! Spanning the entirety of the Holy Land.
  • Participate in 10 different cultural events. We specialize in organizing participatory cultural events. We don’t just give you the finest Middle Eastern cuisine, we show you how to cook it. We don’t tell you the history of the Palestinian Thob, you learn how to make it.
  • Engage in 25 different lectures that range from the themes of the Nakba to the construct of Jewish identity.
  • You’ll enjoy 40 hours of community organizing and projects. Nothing integrates you more into the fabric of society than working together, hand-in-hand on community-based projects. Collaborate, problem-solve, and bond with locals as you work together to make a stronger society.
 
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Summer Encounter Details

Local Relationships

During your stay in the Holy Land, you will live with a local host family, creating a space where authentic and long-lasting relationships can be formed. In our experience, these relationships help foster within participants a lifelong commitment to pursuing justice more than any other component of the program. The homestays create an intimate environment where stories that might not otherwise be shared are given voice. Reading about Palestinian life or hearing lectures can be helpful, but living with a local family offers unparalleled insight into how ordinary Palestinians navigate the complexities and contradictions of life under Occupation.

History

Starting with Biblical times, the Summer Encounter explores different historical narratives from both religious and secular contexts, examining overlaps and discrepancies. From there, we examine how those narratives manifest in political realities on-the-ground for different groups.

Geo-Political

We organize meetings with the most significant humanitarian and political organizations in the region, including international, Israeli, and Palestinian NGOs. By doing so, we offer participants a broader understanding of the system of settler colonialism and its impact on the native communities. We also analyze the histories and tactics of both international and indigenous resistance movements seeking a just peace.

Cultural

The Holy Land is a land of diversity. While people oftentimes break this down into binary terms – Israeli/Palestinian – nothing could be further from the truth. On this land, we have Palestinian Arabs who belong to a multitude of religious identities – Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and others. There is an Armenian diaspora community with their own unique culture and language they have preserved overtime. There are Bedouin communities and Druze communities that have a very complex relationship within the settler colonial system. We also explore the complexity of the Jewish communities that came to settle on the land from far off places like Iran, Ethiopia, different parts of Europe and the former Soviet Union and how that interplay between these groups leads to interesting dynamics within the Israeli political system. Understanding the ways these groups of people have preserved their culture and heritage over time is crucial to how nonviolent resistance works within systems of oppression.

Customizable Experiences 

As new historical discoveries emerge in the Holy Land, as the social landscape changes in your own communities back home, our partner Holy Land Trust ensures that each tour is updated to reflect the most pressing issues of your group. We spend as much time as it takes to ensure our holy land tours are built just to meet your needs and requirements.


What's Included

  • Land transportation (private air-conditioned motor coach)
  • All accommodations during tour
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Shared double room (Private room available upon request at additional cost)
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Honorarium fees for speakers & organizations

 

Not Included

  • Does not include Airfare. Airfare accommodations can be made upon request.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Meals: Lunch on Arrival & Departure Day
  • Laundry 
  • Telephone calls, or services other than those specifically mentioned.
  • Costs for items not on table d’hôte menus such as water or other beverages at lunch & dinner.

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Sample Summer Encounter Itinerary

Day One

Arrival Day & Welcome Activity

Day Two

Orientation Day & Tour of Bethlehem

Day Three

Free Day

Day Four

Lecture (Palestinian – Israeli Conflict), Geo-Political tour of Bethlehem ( Wall & Refugee Camp)

Day Five

Guided tour of the Holocaust Museum & Tour of the expelled village of Lifta

Day Six

Lecture about Judaism by local Rabbi & Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem

Day Seven

Lecture about Islam at the Omar Mosque

Day Eight

Lecture about Christian Zionism & Palestinian film screening

Day Nine

Free Day

Day Ten

Worship with Local Palestinian Christian (Optional) & Lecture about the Christians of Palestine

Day 11

Nonviolence Workshop & Lecture on the history of the Intifadas

Day 12

Lessons on Palestinian Liberation Theology

Day 13

Community Project

Day 14

NGO meetings in Ramallah & Meet with PLO

Day 15

Community Project

Day 16

Free Day

Day 17

Hebron Old City Tour & International Observers

Day 18

Community Project

Day 19

Community Project

Day 20

Community Project

Day 21

Visit Bedouin Community in Negev Desert & Gaza Borders

Day 22

Tel Aviv NGO’s & Meetings with the Arab Israeli Minority

Day 23

Galilee Religious Sites & Visit Occupied Golan Heights

Day 24

Free Day

Day 25

Jordan Valley & Jericho Day Tour

Day 26

Community Project

Day 27

Community Project

Day 28

Non-Linear Leadership Workshop

Day 29

Evaluation and debriefing day

Day 30

Departure

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Cancelation Policy

In the event of cancellation of travel services due to any reason including COVID-19 travel restrictions, Holy Land 360 must be notified in writing. Cancellation refunds are determined based on the date of notification in writing. Refunds are as follows:

  • 45 days prior to arrival: 100% of the Tour/service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: 80% of the Tour/service cost
  • 15 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour/service cost
  • 07 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour/service cost
  • Less than 72 hours or No Show: No Refund

Some cancellation and refund policies are out of our control including:

  • Refund for hotel payment will follow the hotel's cancellation policy
  • Transportation cancellations will follow the transportation company policy 
  • Flight tickets cancellations will follow the airline's company policy

In case Group/Individual cancels the trip after commencement, the refund will be limited to the amount that we would recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.

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