Find Out About Volunteering In Palestine
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Palestine Education Initiative are hosting an information evening about volunteering in Palestine on Thursday 12th July, 7 pm, in the Irish Aid Centre, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
We will be featuring two projects. The first is the Palestine YMCA's Joint Advocacy Initiative Olive Tree Campaign. This is a ten day tour of Palestine in which volunteers learn about Palestine and the Occupation, as well as helping with harvesting olives and planting olive trees. Their next tour is this October. The second is a longer term project: the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Their mission EAPPI is to accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their non-violent actions and to carry out concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation.
More information about the projects can be found here:
The speakers are Richard Irvine and Barbara Walshe. Richard Irvine's background is in education and human rights law. He has taught the Israel-Palestine Conflict at Queen's University since 2005 and has worked as a volunteer in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and with the YMCA in Palestine. He is co-ordinator of the Palestine Education Initiative and Education Officer for the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Barbara Walshe works in community development, advocacy, dialogue and post conflict peace building. Some experiences of her time working as an EAPPI volunteer can be heard at http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-witness-at-checkpoint300.html.