Program Dates are June 29-July 8, 2019
Leaving NYC on the night of the 29th, returning to New York City on the morning of the 8th.
Application Deadline is March 25, 2019
Open to all Seeds who have completed their junior year of high school and attended either the international or US session at Camp. Notifications will go out April 3; payment due April 15.
This summer, Seeds of Peace will be bringing a group of American and UK Seeds to Israel and Palestine to learn about the realities and complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first-hand through the eyes and experiences of those living there.
Bayti, which means “my home” in both Hebrew and Arabic, is a unique opportunity for Seeds from both Camp sessions to continue learning and build on the foundation of their Camp experience.
This one-week program will explore the many historical and contemporary narratives that exist on both sides of the Green Line. Intentionally designed to expose participants to people, perspectives, and ideas they would not have a chance to see as tourists, the program is uniquely a Seeds of Peace creation and unlike any other that is available.
In addition to experiencing the many cultures of Israel and Palestine, the cohort will strive to improve their understanding of the role that American and British citizens play in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and reflect on how they would like to personally engage in affecting change moving forward.
We are looking for motivated Seeds who show a passion for enacting social change in their communities and beyond. While there are limited spaces available, those who are interested are strongly encouraged to apply.
The following application, though brief, is meant to be a reflective exercise. Due to the nature of this program, we will be looking at more than your dedication and level of involvement with Seeds to determine your eligibility and readiness for the trip.
Needless to say, we will be seeing some extraordinary sights through the eyes and hearts of individuals who live with this conflict on a daily basis. You need to be mature enough to be okay in your discomfort; you need to be open enough to see and hear things you may disagree with; and you need to be fully present every step of the way.
This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the diversity of the Holy Land, to understand the complexities of the conflict, and to celebrate both peoples and their traditions first-hand, so get excited!
For US-based applicants: $5,500
For UK-based applicants: $5,000
This fee includes your international flight from New York City or London, food and lodging, entrance expenses, local transportation, and honorariums for guest speakers and local guides. We know this is a significant cost and do not want it to be an obstacle to your participation, so there are scholarship opportunities available.