2020 Camp Dates
Staff Orientation: June 18 – 25
Session One (Middle East, South Asia, American/UK Delegations): June 25 – July 16
Intersession: July 16 – July 19
Re-orientation: July 20 – July 23
Session Two (US Program): July 23 – August 9
Our unique summer program offers an unforgettable experience for all involved, staff and campers alike.
Facilitators at the Seeds of Peace Camp participate in up to two weeks of orientation and training prior to Camp. During each three-week camp session, facilitators work intimately with a facilitation partner to plan and conduct 115-minute dialogue sessions (two per day) and monitor the progress of their groups. They’re also expected to be an active member of the facilitation team.
Under supervision, facilitators work together on a formal and informal basis for mutual support, ongoing professional development, and coordination of the dialogue sessions. Facilitators also engage with counselors about what is happening in other areas of Camp in order to assure coordination among bunk life, athletic and arts activities, and the dialogue program.
In addition, Seeds of Peace also hires facilitators to run daily dialogue sessions with our (adult) Delegation Leader program. Each summer session, a diverse group of 20 or so educators and community leaders accompany the teenagers to Camp. These delegation leaders serve as a resource for the campers and form a dynamic international community of adults. Their weeks at Camp are primarily spent engaged in their own active dialogue program designed for adult professionals and educators. Facilitators for this program work closely with program staff and coordinate regularly with the rest of the facilitation team.
The ideal candidate has experience facilitating diverse groups and has knowledge of the history, culture, and issues of the program area with which s/he hopes to work (Middle East, South Asia, United States, Educators).
For those applying to work on the camper side, experience working with young people is a must. We especially welcome candidates who can speak one of the languages spoken in the different regions. All of our applicants are expected to have explored issues surrounding their own identities and related dynamics of power, and to be able to function and take care of themselves in a less-than-luxurious Camp environment. In part, this requires that applicants be flexible, dynamic, thoughtful, honest, and committed individuals.
Seeds of Peace looks for facilitators who have an articulated approach to facilitating groups and promoting change in communities in conflict. An ideal facilitator is able to work as a member of a team that holds a variety of approaches to facilitation, with an emphasis on process.
Facilitators are hired in coordination with their preferred program or region (see below). They receive compensation for the session worked, commensurate with experience, in addition to full room and board. Travel to/from Camp will be covered.
Please note that for the past several years, Seeds of Peace has been fortunate to hire graduates of our Jerusalem-based facilitator training program for all of our Middle East facilitator positions. These graduates, many of whom are Seeds, work together in Israeli-Palestinian pairs both at Camp and throughout the year. Pairing Israeli and Palestinian facilitators is an integral part of this program’s dialogue model, and our priority is to hire graduates of our training program.
“All changes happen in the mind and are then acted out in reality. If we want to improve reality, we must effect the minds and hearts of the people.”
— Danny (facilitator staff)