“Iktashef” (formerly known as the Palestine Summer Encounter)  is one of the longest running immersion programs in the Holy Land.  Nearly one thousand people who have had the IKTASHEF unparalleled and transformative life experience in the Holy Land.

The program includes but is not limited to spending one month living with local host families, attending beginning level Arabic-language courses, participating in cultural activities, listening to religious, political and cultural lectures and tours on subjects related to the past, present and future of the region, and above all, meeting and forming lasting friendships with the local people.  

Over the years, many of our program alumni have returned to the Holy Land as volunteers, long-term residents, or group leaders of tour programs.  All have been impacted by the time they spent in the Holy Land through IKTASHEF in a way that no other tour program offers.
 

No Matter what your belief, we invite you to come and discover the religious, political, cultural and spiritual heritage of the holy land! we have been working with local partners for over 14 years and we are expecting 2018 to be our best yet.

  • VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqW8YR1XF7o
  • WEBSITE LINK https://travelandencounter.holylandtrust.org/iktashef-2017-b9ac4f7a978b
     

Over the years this program has helped change international discourse on the Holy Land, especially in college campuses around the world, changed attitudes and perceptions of oneself and of ‘the other’, designed, promoted and modelled viable alternatives for peace and justice.

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