September 4th-8th 2017
“Definitely deepened my understanding both emotionally and historically”
“I have learned so much in such a unique way. Not just about the conflict but about on cultures and religions.”
“I think my understanding has deepened far more than I expected it to, I feel like there was copious amounts of background to the conflict which I never really appreciated.”
“I knew enough about the conflict beforehand to make an educated assessment of the conflict, but engaging with others really challenged and deepened my understanding.”
So how do I apply? Download an application form here & send it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- When is it? - The programme starts first thing in the morning on Monday September 4th, and finishes in the afternoon on Friday September 8th 2017.
- Where is it? - The programme is based at a central London location (usually UCL) but we sometimes move around London visiting different locations such as the Houses of Parliament or other NGOs.
- Who is it for? - The programme is designed for anyone who is interested in or passionate about Israel – Palestine aged 18-25. If you have already visited the region, campaign on Israel - Palestine, or feel strongly about the situation, we encourage you to apply. Equally, you do not need to have studied the conflict, been to the region, or demonstrate prior interest. All we ask is that you are able to show a willingness to listen, learn, speak your mind, empathise, and show leadership on this issue on your campus or within your community.
- What happens during the programme? – The programme is full of talks, workshops, discussions, tours, lectures, and panel discussions all about topics related to Israel – Palestine. All participants attend all of the sessions and there is always plenty of time to give your own opinions and hold your own discussions in each session.
- Who gives the talks? - We invite activists, academics, economists, community leaders, religious leaders, former participants, and others to run the sessions.
- What kind of topics does the programme cover? - 2016 Topics included: Negotiations, Conversations with a peace activist, Israel and Palestine in the wider Middle East, Nationalism in Israel and Palestine, The future of Gaza, Economic approaches to solutions, Dialogue approaches, The role of religion, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on British campuses, Extremism in the conflict, UK government and Israel - Palestine & an MUN simulation day.
- What solution do you promote? - As contained in the SNS programme principles, we believe that any solution must include an end to both occupation and conflict, and a win-win outcome. As an educational programme, we do not promote any particular solution but rather we encourage debate and discussion on all perspectives and possible solutions and we invite speakers with all different political views to speak at the programme. It is up to you, as a participant, to come up with our own opinions on the situation.
- Where do I stay? – All participants stay in central London accommodation, sharing a room with another participant, and sharing all three meals together.
- I live in London, can I stay at home instead? – We strongly encourage all participants to stay in the provided accommodation in order to have the best experience and to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the sessions or discussions.
- How much is it? – The cost of a place on the programme is £450, which includes all meals, accommodation, within-London transport, and other costs. This cost can be met by charity funds. However, we would like to ask that participants make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of their place, if they are able.
- What happens afterwards? - After the programme, you become part of the SNS student network. This means that you are prioritised for our internship scheme, receive one-on-one mentoring and support from us for any activities you want to do in your communities/campuses, have connections with dozens of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, are invited to speak at our events, can be part of our blogging programme, come to our school sessions, are invited to reunions, and other activities.
- What have other participants gone on to do? - Over 100 students have now completed this programme. Students have gone onto set up their own pro-solution university societies, set up charities, visit Israel - Palestine, work for NGOS, do internships with SNS, become teachers, campaign in parliament, do Masters or PHD degrees, volunteer for SNS in schools or cities, write blogs, create art pieces reflecting their experiences, and many other brilliant things.
- When is the deadline? - The deadline is June 1st and you will hear about the outcome of your application within 10 days.
Check out the 2016 video below and our blog to find out more: