Educational Summer Program
The FFIPP summer program is an intensive, on the ground, eye-opening learning experience with the primary goals of education, network-building and discussion in Palestine/Israel. The program includes a week-long orientation and a one month internship in Palestinian and Israeli grassroots organizations, research centers, universities, and human rights organizations.
Throughout the week-long orientation, students meet with academics, activists, refugees, and journalists among other actors involved in the wider Israeli/Palestinian conflict in order to gain diverse views on the conflict and understand its many components and layers. This provides students with the right skill sets for their internship and allows them to critically assess the situation on the ground.
The 2016 Summer Program
Last year’s FFIPP summer program included 26 students from more than 15 universities in Europe, USA and Canada coming together for the summer internship. Students were divided into six locations where they lived in groups, depending on the location of their internships.
Internships took place in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beit Sahur, Tel Aviv, Hebron and the Negev. The type of internships were varied: from human rights organizations, to working in refugee camps, reporting for journals and media outlets, and teaching children.
For the summer program 2017 we expect to recruit from 25-30 students with diverse backgrounds but sharing a common preoccupation with human rights in the region.
The Speaking Tour
In order to spread our educational network, FFIPP organizes speaking tours in European schools and universities as part of its yearly activities. These tours include mainly Israeli and Palestinian academics or NGO’s workers as speakers and are meant to engage the general public in conversation regarding the situation on the ground. Each conference tour tackles the situation in Israel and Palestine through a specific angle, allowing to understand the issue and to attract people who do not have, at first glance, a peculiar interest for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
During each of these conferences a valuable time is dedicated to an open dialogue between the audience and the speakers. Therefore, these conferences came to be the ideal platform to dissect the latest news, understand the strategic aspects of the conflict at different scales (local, regional, global) and last but not least think of potential solutions for a pacified Middle-East