Itkashef is the Arabic word for discover and this trip, formally known as the Palestine Summer Encounter, is the continuation of our longest-running and most successful encounter experience. Program participants of Itkashef are invited to discover Palestine through the three-pillared foundation of Faith, Culture, and Justice.
Based in Bethlehem, participants will have the opportunity to engage in one of two back-to-back programs will take place over the summer. They will stay with local families, engage in Arabic language courses, educational lectures, and excursions across the region, and have plenty of free time to learn, explore, and just have fun with your fellow travelers and newfound friends in Bethlehem.
A brief look at the itinerary and the costs
Here is a look at a sample schedule of the Iktashef program. Because the situation on the ground is always so fluid, with emerging interests shifting from month to month, we customize each program to meet the realities on the ground.
Up To Date Curriculum
As the new historical evidence and research emerges, as the political dynamics on the ground and internationally shift, Holy Land Trust continues to update our curriculum to reflect these shifting relaties. We always push ourselves as an organization to shape the contours of the program make it both relevant, but progressive.
What to expect after your Iktashelf program?
After your in-depth, immersive tour through the Holy Land, you’ll find yourself with new experiences, relationships, and networks you didn’t have before. You’ll be equipped to go back into your communities and share in meaningful ways. You’ll be able to carry and honor the personal stories of the local communities. With a complete analysis compiled through a litany of meetings with the regions leading NGO voices, you’ll have a matrix of context for your individual journey.
Explore 10 different cities and villages! Spanning the entirety of the Holy Land.
Participate in 10 different cultural events. We specialize in organizing participatory cultural events. We don’t just give you the finest Middle Eastern cuisine, we show you how to cook it. We don’t tell you history of the Palestinian Thob, you learn how to make it.
Engage in 25 different lectures that range from the themes of the Nakba to constructs of Jewish identity.
You’ll enjoy 40 hours of community organizing and projects. Nothing integrates you more into the fabric of society than working together, hand-in-hand on community-based projects. Collaborate, problem-solve, and bond with locals as you work together to make a stronger society.