Arrival in Jerusalem
On the first day of the program in August, international participants are expected to gather at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. A Palestinian ReCaP coordinator will await them.
It is advisable to arrive in Jerusalem one or more days prior to the project. Many students choose to spend together the night before the beginning of the project at a student hostel in the Old City, before jointly travelling to the Damascus Gate the next day.
Journey to Abu Dis
Upon arrival at the Damascus Gate, the Palestinian coordinator will take the participants to the town of Bethlehem, where they will stay in an apartment during the first week of the program. In theory, Bethlehem is a short distance from Jerusalem. In reality however, the journey from Jerusalem to Abu Dis takes one hour by bus. Driving past the Israeli Separation Wall and walking through an Israeli checkpoint, for many this will be the first window into the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The First Week: Learning about the Conflict
The first week of ReCaP will be centered around the historic and contemporary facts of the conflict. Students learn about the conflict through university lectures, given by professors active in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on the international level. Students visit governmental and non-governmental organizations for private presentations and interactive discussions. Examples of participating organizations are the Palestinian Ministry of Health, city municipalities, the United Nations, Defence for Children International and the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights. Museum visits include the Palestinian Political Prisoners Museum and the Mahmoud Darwish Museum.
Almost daily, participants are provided with one-on-one conversational Arabic lessons from the students of Al Quds.
Clinical Internships in Bethlehem
The second phase of ReCaP takes place in Bethlehem and extends over the remaining three weeks of the program. Students participate in medical internships of their choice, at one or multiple clinics or hospitals that serve the populations of the refugee camps.
Participating medical institutions are:
- Beit Jala Governmental Hospital (accident and emergency unit, maternal ward, surgery department and more)
- Said Kamal Psychiatric Hospital (only psychiatric hospital in Palestine)
- Caritas Baby Hospital (neonatal and pediatric care)
- Shams UNRWA Health Centre (care for chronic, non-communicable illnesses)
- UNRWA Health Centre (primary health services, reproductive health and infant and child care)
Students learn about the challenges of providing healthcare under occupation, the healthcare field in which they intern and about healthcare in Palestine in general.
Palestinian Culture and Everyday Life
Throughout the program, participants meet and interact with Palestinian students from Al Quds University. This provides a unique insight into Palestinian culture, life under occupation and student perspectives on the conflict. Students experience Palestinian hospitality and cuisine. Together with Palestinian students, participants visit nearby towns and historic sites and learn about their history, experiencing everyday life in Palestine.
Cost of Living
It is likely that accommodation and travel costs within the West Bank will be provided for by IFMSA-Palestine and IPPNW Germany. However in the unlikely event funding is not available participants will be expected to cover the cost of the accommodation and travel within the West Bank. The estimated cost of this is €400. There is no participation fee. Travel costs to and from Palestine are the responsibility of the participant
The cost of living in the West Bank is substantially cheaper than in Israel and most places in Europe. A falafel sandwich would cost you 3-5 shekels, as would a package of ten breads. A large shawarma would cost you 10-15 shekels. One Israeli New Shekel, the currency in Palestine, amounts to 0.25 euro.
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