Do you have any political or religious affiliations?
No. Seeds of Peace does not prescribe or advocate for particular political solutions, nor are we affiliated with any political party. We are a secular organization and therefore do not represent any particular religious institution or religious point of view.
Do you provide speakers for events?
Seeds of Peace receives numerous requests to have either a staff member or alumni of our programs (Seeds) speak at events. We are always delighted to work with you to understand your goals and the feasibility of sending a speaker to your event. However, due to limited resources, we cannot fulfill every request. When unable to have a representative speak in person, we would be happy to send you videos and other materials.
If you are interested in holding an event in your local community for Seeds of Peace, please fill out our Speaker Request Form. The information you enter will help us assess the best opportunity for you and how we can assist you.
How old are the delegates to the Camp, and how are they selected?
Most of the participants are 14-16 years old. The selection process to become a Seeds of Peace camper is very competitive. Typically, applicants to Seeds of Peace apply through the school systems in their home countries. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and leadership skills, and are selected on the basis of interviews and written essays. Many of the first-time campers are chosen by the Ministries of Education or other government agencies in their respective countries.
Is Camp life organized by conflict area?
Bunks and dialogue sessions are grouped by conflict region. For example, Israeli and Arab campers share a living space and participate in their dialogue sessions together. Similarly, campers from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan share a bunk. American campers participate in both the Middle East and South Asia programs. Most Camp activities are run according to a camper’s dialogue group and therefore are conflict-specific. Other Camp activities, like meals and evening programs, encourage interaction between campers from all delegations.
What is a typical Camp day like?
On a typical day, campers are active between 7:30 a.m. until lights-out at 10 p.m. A camper’s schedule will usually include sports and creative activities, a dialogue session, meals, rest hour, a period of swimming, and an all-camp evening activity.
What exactly are the dialogue sessions?
Campers participate in dialogue sessions for 110 minutes every day. During dialogue, approximately 15 campers from different sides of a conflict meet with professional facilitators to delve into the hardest issues of the conflict honestly, openly and directly. In the process, they challenge inherited stereotypes and prejudices with real stories and experiences. While they may not agree on historical or current events, they learn how to communicate effectively with each other and develop a deeper understanding of each other’s perspectives on core conflict issues—capacities necessary for leaders to be effective at building real peace.
Do campers come back for more than one summer?
Yes, many campers apply to come to Camp again, and Seeds of Peace makes a point of bringing back approximately 25 Seeds, representing all delegations, to each of the summer’s two sessions. They then participate in a specially-designed leadership program and act as Peer Supports for the new Seeds.
Who are the Delegation Leaders?
Each summer, adult Delegation Leaders are selected by fellow educators and officials in their own countries to accompany the youth to the Seeds of Peace International Camp. The Delegation Leaders take part in a challenging program, including facilitated dialogue sessions, that parallels the Camp experience of the Seeds.
What happens once Camp ends?
Camp is the foundation of Seeds of Peace, where young leaders have the opportunity to share their perspectives and find inspiration to work towards a different, more peaceful future at home. But it is only the start of their journey.
In each participating country, Seeds of Peace has local staff that build on Seeds’ Camp experiences through intensive leadership programs that focus on four of the most important assets and abilities that leaders in conflict regions need to create meaningful change: strong relationships across lines of conflict; a sophisticated understanding of core conflict issues; practical skills in communication, critical thinking, and change-making; and the ability to take action on behalf of peace.
Our local staff also serve as a critical support network for Camp alumni, as they must often contend with challenging political and social environments. The processes begun at Camp are then able to continue and take root at home, where they are most needed.
Is Seeds of Peace a non-profit organization? Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, Seeds of Peace is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and your contribution is entirely tax-deductible (US taxpayers).
What will my contribution fund?
Your contribution will help support the work of Seeds of Peace. This includes bringing teenagers from regions of conflict to the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine. The cost of sending one Seed to our Camp is $6,000 (including transportation). Your contribution will also support activities and programs in the region that allow the Seeds to sustain the relationships they have established at Camp, to keep the spirit of Seeds of Peace alive in spite of the current situation on the ground, and to inspire others in their communities.
Do you share donor information?
No, Seeds of Peace will never share/sell information related to its supporters. Seeds of Peace is committed to the privacy of its donors and subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights.
Founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach, Seeds of Peace inspires and equips new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace.