The Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) proudly launches its second annual Homeland Project. The Homeland Project is organized and supervised by PACC. The Homeland Project is a journey designed to offer participants a fun and educational experience of Palestine. The program intends to send its second group of travelers this summer. The program consists of three main components:
A 12 day (including travel time) guided and interactive journey through occupied and historic Palestine
Pre-trip preparation consisting of 4 workshops (2 of which are mandatory) as well as 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. Limited scholarship funds are available to those who qualify. All other selected participants are expected to fund their trip. For more information and ideas of how to fund your trip, see below and FAQs.
The trip is a twelve-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 an Arab background.
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 30
- Enrolled or have graduated from a program of higher education in good academic standing
- Demonstrate leadership skills
- Must not have participated in a Palestinian education trip prior to your Homeland Project Application
- Have not lived in Palestine for more than 2 consecutive years, past the age of 12
- Must not have a criminal record
- If one has a Palestinian Identification card (hawiyya), he/she must physically possess the card and provide a copy upon submitting the application
TERMS AND REQUIREMENTS
Obligations of participants selected as Homeland participants extend from Spring 2018 through Spring 2019.
Pre-Trip Preparation and Training
Selected candidates will be required to attend 2 out of 4 workshops as well as an orientation in the spring prior to departure. These sessions are geared towards providing participants with an enriched academic and cultural awareness to best prepare them for the journey to Palestine.
Trip to Palestine (Cancellation and Deposit)
Participants selected to participate in the Homeland trip are required to accept it. A $400 non-refundable deposit fee is required to confirm your participation in the program. This deposit will go towards your fees for the trip. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Cashier’s checks or money orders are only accepted. The dates for the trip will be coordinated by PACC and will be a total of 12 days (including travel time).
The Palestinian American Community Center hopes to cultivate its young-adults into ambassadors of goodwill for Palestine. 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 project that is designed by each participant. These can include but are not limited to, writing daily journal pieces, writing an article to be published by PACC’s quarterly “Falastin” magazine or any other publication, or recording and editing videos of the experience and producing a mini-documentary/video blog post 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 PACC and give a brief presentation that reflects on his/her experience throughout the program.
INTERVIEWS AND SELECTION
Considered candidates will be invited for an interview with the Homeland Application Committee. Final selected participants will be notified in late April, at which point final trip dates will be confirmed and announced to selected participants. 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 receive more questions, we will update it regularly.
FEES FOR THE TRIP
The total cost of the trip will be $2,750. This includes round-trip airfare, sleeping accommodations for the entire trip, transportation and food (2 meals/day). All additional personal expenses are not included. We encourage all those who need financial assistance to apply for the scholarship. See below.
PACC is thrilled to present Homeland Project eligible nominees with financial assistance through means of its generous donors. The Homeland Project Foundation will provide a limited amount of scholarships to assist in sponsoring travel and related costs. Monetary awards vary and are determined based on the applicant’s financial need as well as the budget’s funds. Award distribution is given on a first come first served basis. All applicants are welcome to apply.
Click here and download the application. Application deadline is Friday, March 16th 11:59 pm.
Submit a completed application by email to Homeland@paccusa.org. Please include the following as attachments. Please save all documents as LastName_TitleOfDocument for example Smith_Application
- Personal Statement
- CV (please include any relevant coursework on Palestine)
- Letter of Recommendation (optional)
- Supplemental Scholarship application (optional)
- Copy of Palestinian Application Card (Hawiyya; if applicable)
- Copy of Passport Biography page
Before submitting the application, make sure to have sent in the Non-Refundable application fee of $25 by visiting the online link at