The duration of each trip is one week. We stay in a hotel in Bethlehem and travel to various towns and cities every day (Nablus, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Hebron, Jenin etc) where we meet with a wide range of groups and individuals. Local arrangements are organised by a tour company in the West Bank.
As the trips are organised from Ireland, the majority of participants are Irish. However, all nationalities are welcome and former participants have included people from France, Spain, the United Kingdom, the USA, Romania, Brazil and the Netherlands. Participants come from all walks of life – doctors, solicitors, office workers, teachers, architects, artists, journalists, students, farmers, carpenters, trade unionists, retired people, NGO employees, bank employees, civil servants, managers, landscape gardeners, house painters and lecturers. Some participants have a huge knowledge of the situation in the West Bank, whereas others have less knowledge. The important thing is that people travel with an open mind and an open heart. Participants have ranged in age from 20 – 78, so age is no barrier to travelling with us. However, a certain level of health and physical fitness is required.
Some of the places we’ve visited include Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Haifa, the Negev and Jericho.