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How will participants be chosen? What are you looking for in candidates?
Applications will be reviewed anonymously by our application committee. Top applicants will be offered an interview and then the most outstanding applicants will be selected to participate in the program. Determinations will be made based on a thorough review and assessment of the application, personal statement, CV, and letter of recommendation (if submitted). The committee will select applicants based on their leadership qualities, commitment to service, eagerness to learn more about Palestine, and their potential to advocate for and raise awareness about the Palestinian cause.
Do I need to be fluent in Arabic to participate in this trip?
Although it would be helpful, fluency in Arabic is not required for participants. Although the majority of our activities will be in English, translation will be available for presentations and discussions that are carried out in Arabic.
Are non-Palestinians eligible for this trip?
Yes! All Arab-Americans are welcome and encouraged to apply.
I am not an American citizen. Am I eligible to apply?
At this time, we are only accepting applicants who are American citizens.
I have a hawwiya (Palestinian Identification card). Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, individuals with Palestinian Identification cards and/or passports are eligible to apply. If you have a hawiyya number and do not have the actual card, you should not apply. However, if you have a hawiyya number and hawiyya card we encourage you to apply, though it is not a necessity. Please provide all information regarding your hawiyya status in the “About You” section of your application. In addition, please submit a copy of your hawiyya as part of your application.
What happens if I am denied the ability to visit a certain area because of my hawwiya?
We are going to work on applying for permits (Tasareeh) for all those who carry a hawiyya; however if we are unable to get the permits, we will have an alternate plan for those who have travel restrictions. At least one chaperone will be present at all times.
When should I expect to hear back regarding the status of my application?
Final applicants will be notified by Monday, April 16, 2018.
I want to know more about The Homeland Project, is there an Information Session?
Yes, there is! On February 23, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at PACC (388 Lakeview Ave Clifton NJ 07011)
Can I leave the rest of the group to visit a family member or visit a site on my own?
Due to the nature of this trip, we expect all participants to stay with the group and follow the itinerary for the duration of the program. We will allow personal time in which you can visit family; however, this must be approved by the chaperone and the participant must follow all rules and follow the curfew.
Given the instability of the region, what happens in case of an emergency/security situation?
The safety of our participants is our number one priority. Organizers will be constantly monitoring conditions at all destinations of the itinerary throughout the trip. We will make every effort to avoid unsafe areas and will adjust the itinerary as necessary. Additionally, in the event an emergency situation arises, the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and/or the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv will be contacted for assistance.
How can I prepare in advance for this trip?
Upon selection, participants will be required to attend a mandatory orientation that will provide them with everything they should know and expect for the trip. We also require that you attend at least two workshops; however, we encourage you try to attend as many workshops as you can.
How is the Homeland Project Scholarship funded?
The Homeland Project Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of private donors.
Why is PACC sponsoring this trip?
PACC saw the need for a program that would educate young Arab Americans and strengthen their connection to Palestine. Although there are plenty of other ways one can learn more about Palestine, we aspired to create a program that would allow participants to personally experience the vibrant culture of Palestine and learn about its history first handedly. The establishment of the Palestinian American Community Center was based on the values of serving our local community and those back home in Palestine. Our aim to build the bridge between both communities is brought to life through The Homeland Project. We’re taking our local youth to Palestine to establish a bond that is guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Can I make a donation in support of the Homeland Project?
Yes! Your support and generosity for this extremely important initiative is much appreciated. Please donate by clicking here.
What forms of payment are accepted for the deposit?
Deposits can be made in the form of mail order and cashier’s check.
If I am already in Palestine at the time of the program, can I join the trip?
If you are already in Palestine, you must still go through the application process and be selected to participate in the program. Please make a note of this somewhere on your application.
Will men and women have separate housing arrangements?
Yes, men and women will be housed in separated areas.
This sounds too good to be true! What’s the catch?
There isn’t one! What we expect from those who complete the program is simple: that they use their first-hand experiences and knowledge to be actively committed to raising awareness about and advocating for the Palestinian cause. We hope that by partaking in this journey, our participants will return feeling inspired and empowered to take meaningful action to help bring about a brighter future for Palestine.
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