The Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) is pleased to announce the Homeland Project. The Homeland Project is organized and supervised by PACC . The first all-expense-paid initiative of its kind, the Homeland Project is a journey designed to offer participants a fun and educational experience of Palestine. The program intends to launch its first group of travelers in the Summer of 2017.
The program consists of three main components:
- A 10 day guided and interactive journey through occupied and historic Palestine
- Pre-trip preparation consisting of an informational session and an orientation session.
- Post-trip activities and/or projects conducted under the supervision of The Homeland Steering Committee. All American citizens who meet the eligibility requirements (below) are welcome to apply.
Selected participants will be subsidized with airfare, lodging, and travel accommodations by the Palestinian American Community Center.
The trip is a ten-day journey through the sites and landscapes of Palestine. Participants will be offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience to tour the country, explore its lands, delve into its rich history, taste its vibrant culture, and rediscover the roots of Palestine and its people. Participants will explore major cities, visit Palestinian refugee camps, engage in some community service and tour historical and cultural sites. They will travel to universities and meet with students and professors in thriving Palestinian institutions. Participants will also interact with Palestinians from different cultural and religious backgrounds. The journey throughout Palestine will provide participants a well-rounded on-the-ground experience they will never forget.
- Must be an American citizen of Arab heritage
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 30
- Enrolled or have graduated from a program of higher education in good academic standing
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Must not have participated in a Palestinian education trip since the age of 18
- Have not lived in Palestine past the age of 12
- No criminal record
TERMS AND REQUIREMENTS
Obligations of participants selected as Homeland participants extend from Spring 2017 through Spring 2018.
Pre-Trip Preparation and Training
Selected candidates will be required to attend a specialized information session and an orientation in the Spring prior to departure. These sessions will be geared towards providing participants with an enriched academic and cultural awareness to best prepare candidates for the journey to Palestine.
Trip to Palestine (Cancellation and Deposit)
Participants awarded a Homeland trip are required to accept it. A $200 deposit is required upon accepting to participate, to be refunded. No exceptions will be made . The dates for the trip will be coordinated by PACC and will be a total of 10 days.
The Palestinian American Community Center hopes to cultivate its youth into ambassadors of goodwill for the Homeland. As ambassadors for Palestine, participants are expected to document and actively reflect on their journey to the Homeland both during and after the trip. This reflection should take shape in the form of a unique and original activity that is designed by each participant. These can include writing daily journal pieces, writing a longer article to be published by PACC’s quarterly ‘Falastin’ magazine, or recording and editing videos of the experience and producing a mini-documentary or youtube video. All participants are encouraged to use some form of social media to live blog their trip and share what they learn. These can include both the participant’s personal outlets and channels as well as those of the Center (PACC’s website: www.paccusa.org, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.). All participants are also expected to participate in at least one event held at or sponsored by the Center and give a brief five minute presentation that reflects on his/her experience throughout the Homeland Project.
INTERVIEWS AND SELECTION
Select candidates will be invited for an interview with the Homeland Application Committee. Selected participants will be notified in late May. Participation in the trip may be contingent on meeting certain requirements set by the selection committee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have listed some frequently asked questions here. As we recieve more questions, we will update it regularly.
Click here and download the application.
Save your application with FirstNameLastName. Submit completed applications by email to Homeland@paccusa.org by Friday, April 7, 2017 11:59 pm.
Please include the following, as one PDF file, in the order listed below:
CV (please include any relevant coursework on Palestine)
Letter of Recommendation (optional)