Volunteer opportunities at the Tent of Nations

A memorial for Bishara Daher Nassar at the Tent of Nations near Bethlehem, with a settlement visible in the background. (photo: HolyLandJustice.org)

If you’re interested in spending some time in the West Bank, please consider volunteering with our friends at Tent of Nations.

By Glenna Kay Plitt (via email) | FOTANNA | Jan 18, 2017

  • Mar 19–30, 2018 — Camp 1: Tree Planting Camp
  • Jun 4–14, 2018 — Camp 2: Cave Renovation Camp
  • Jun 25–Jul 7, 2018 — Camp 3: Children’s  Summer Camp
  • Jul 30–Aug 9, 2018 — Camp 4: Almond Harvest Camp
  • Aug 27–Sep 7, 2018 — Camp 5: Fig and Grape Harvest Camp
  • Oct 22–Nov 2, 2018 — Camp 6: Olive Harvest Camp

High school students look for gap-year experiences, retired people look for short-term volunteer projects, college students look for international travel experiences for credit or for internships, people between jobs look for something new and different to add to their résumés — many people are searching for meaningful ways to make a difference in a world that feels very topsy-turvy right now. FOTONNA is here to help you make that difference.

We are offering any and all of you an opportunity to participate in a small but meaningful way through volunteering on the Nassar family farm (Daher’s Vineyard, outside Bethlehem) or enabling someone you know to go in your stead. I know that you are all familiar with the Tent of Nations Peace Project, and Daoud Nassar is in need of volunteers to help in both small and big ways. With the current unrest in the area (which is an understatement), there is an even greater need today to have an international presence on the farm at all times. You can find out more by visiting Daoud’s website — www.tentofnations.org — and clicking on the Volunteer tab.

There are other ongoing projects in addition to the camps, of course, that you could work with. Volunteers can help with anything on the farm, including agriculture, construction, electrical or mechanical work, housekeeping and other related farm work. You can also volunteer to work with the women at the Women’s Education Center in Nahalin by getting in touch with Jihan Nassar at: janonassar@hotmail.com.

Financial Support

We at FOTONNA are offering Volunteer Scholarships if you are in need of financial assistance in order to get to the farm. If you complete the Volunteer Application Form on the TON website and choose to apply for one of our scholarships, we can help cover half of your airfare travel expenses and all of the volunteer expense needs you would incur at TON. The application process is simple and painless, but there are a few things you need know first in order to qualify: 1) you need to commit to at least a month on the farm; 2) you need to commit to spreading the word about your experiences when you come home; and, 3) you need to help our Tour Coordinator in finding sites for Daoud to visit during his upcoming spring and fall tours in the States. If interested, just get in touch with Kay Plitt at: kay@fotonna.org.

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