American delegates at Seeds of Peace have an incredible opportunity to learn about international conflicts and cultures first-hand, by living with and participating alongside their peers from the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States.
Americans are participants in the program in every sense, from bunk life to activities to daily dialogue sessions. As Seeds, they act as friends and supporters, helping to create links between campers from regions of conflict. American campers provide their own perspectives during discussions of history, identity, and politics that take place during daily dialogue sessions. They play an important role in creating an atmosphere conducive to trust-building and dialogue.
American Seeds also discuss multiculturalism and racial conflict within the US and the UK; the knowledge and skills they gain at Camp apply as much to their own communities as to communities around the world. For this reason, Seeds of Peace strives to create a culturally and ethnically diverse American Delegation.
American participants demonstrate leadership, a willingness to learn, and an interest in international affairs. After Camp, they actively bring their personal experiences homes to their schools and communities. In the UK, our active Steering Committee builds local programming to sustain Seeds’ engagement. In the US, Seeds work together to build the relationships, skills, and understanding they need to advocate for local and international peace initiatives by attending Seeds of Peace events and conferences throughout the year.
Our preference is for campers 14-16 years of age who possess both an open-minded attitude and a high level of maturity. The quality of the application essays and a possible interview will be factored into the selection process. The Seeds of Peace Camp typically hosts a total of 150-200 campers each three-week session, about 20 of whom constitute the American Delegation, with delegations from the Middle East, Maine, and Syracuse accounting for the rest.
Tuition in 2016 is $7,000 for American campers. In addition to covering the expense of an American camper, this fee also helps offset the travel costs for international campers.
In keeping with our mission to create strong leaders and future change-makers, we do our best to ensure that tuition is not an obstacle to attending Camp. Our camper selection process is therefore need-blind, and scholarships are awarded separately from the selection process.
Once you have completed and submitted the Camp application, there will be a link to the Financial Aid Application if you need to apply for a scholarship.
2016 Camp Dates
Session One: Friday, July 8 to Thursday, July 28
(Please note that there will be an mandatory overnight orientation starting on July 7 in Portland.)