Who We Are
Go Palestine Summer Camp is a life altering summer experience aimed at connecting diaspora Palestinian youth and international Quakers with local Palestinian youth. The program has been hosted by the Ramallah Friends School since 2011 and has brought together more than 274 campers from a diverse range of places including the USA, UK, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, South Korea, and Canada.
The Ramallah Friends School is a Quaker, co-educational institution founded in 1869. The mission of the school is to provide stellar academic services and inspire students to channel their inner light and become a living expression of a spiritual life.
Since its inception, Go Palestine has been able to provide Palestinians in the diaspora with the opportunity to visit their homeland, often for the first time, and create personal connections with local Palestinian youth.
Through the planned trips, excursions, and activities of the camp, Go Palestine allows campers to develop a deeper understanding of their Palestinian identity, the diversity of Palestine, and the political situation in the region. Moreover, the camp’s curriculum and itinerary help develop many of the campers’ leadership and social skills, confidence, as well as promote personal awareness, independence, and growth.
Go Palestine’s uniqueness lies in the local-diaspora-Quaker encounter which carries with it opportunities for new ties and friendships. Moreover, this encounter imparts a warm, familiar feeling which engenders a sense of belonging and links separated communities. Our hope is that through our camp, young people can become motivated to explore their identity as Palestinians and channel this motivation into working for justice in our shared homeland while also maintaining long-lasting connections with the local campers and other Palestinian individuals and organizations.