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Global Delegation 2017: Israel and Palestine

We’ve got an incredible group of women who will be part of the Center for Women & Democracy’s Global Networking Delegation to Israel and Palestine this spring, 2017. We’ll convene in Tel Aviv on the evening of Saturday, April 29 to begin a journey in two of the most fascinating, historical countries on earth. 36 women have been selected to be part of this delegation, which will meet women leaders from Israel and Palestine over a 10 day guided journey. We will split our time between Israel and Palestine over 10 days.

In both countries we will meet:

  • The elected women leaders,
  • Visit their most sacred places, among these sacred places for three of the major religions in the world,
  • Enjoy their celebrated Hammams (Turkish Baths),
  • Taste their unique and flavorful cuisine, and shop in their local markets
  • Enjoy the most modern consumer haunts as well as the street vendors who sell wares just as their ancestors did 20 centuries ago.


Tentative Itinerary (Subject to Change)

Day OneThe East and the West Delegates gain their bearing with an exploration of the historical narrative of Jerusalem’s Old City. 

Day TwoThe Ravages of Conflict The group uncovers the complicated human rights situation of Israel and the Palestinian territories.   

Day Three: The Politics of the Border Local experts and elected officials educate delegates on the current political context of both sides of the border. 

Day Four: The Women of the Region The group meets with local woman leaders making an impact in their communities.

Day Five: Reflection, Relaxation and the Dead Sea Delegates travel to the Dead Sea for a float and mud bath in the healing waters at the lowest point on earth. 

Day Six: The Holy Antiquity of the Galilee Local experts provide an in depth narrative of significance of this beautiful, rugged place. 

Day Seven: Intercultural Networking and Storytelling  The delegates travel to Tel Aviv and engage with LGTBQ community leaders, women entrepreneurs, and representatives from the Arts community.  

Day Eight: The Wrap! Group members decide between attending a conflict negotiation and peacekeeping training or heading to south Israel to meet people from Seattle’s sister city, Beer Sheva. 

Day Nine through Eleven: The Jordan Extension 

Estimated Program Costs

Israel/Palestine program: $2900.00* (double occupancy) Single supplement (single hotel room): $698 Optional program(s): Early Arrivers Option: $200, 3-day Extension Option to Jordan: $922(double occupancy), Application fee (nonrefundable): $50

COSTS INCLUDE: all in-country transportation, airport transfers, and all breakfasts, most lunches, and half of the dinners, trilingual guides (Arab, Hebrew, and English), admission to tourist sites, and group expenses.

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE: round-trip airfare to and from U.S., optional activities, travel protection and medical insurance, medical evacuation insurance (required for program participants), personal expenses, and transportation to and from U.S. airport(s), and half of the dinners.

FINAL PROGRAM PAYMENTS WITH PROOF OF MEDICAL EVACUATION INSURANCE WILL BE DUE BY FEBRUARY 28th, 2017. Application fees and deposits may be paid by check or by credit card online by clicking this link.

DEADLINES: There are two deadlines for applications: January 15th, 2017, and February 15th,  2017. Applications are now closed for this year’s delegation. 

Want to Raise Money to Help Pay for Your Bill? Join our three hour seminar on self-funding, just respond to this email to: [email protected]. Put the words “Israel Delegation – Fund Raising” in the subject line.

Who Will Be in This Delegation? 
Our selection committee looks to build a team of travelers who will be inter-generational, multi-cultural, from many different economic and social circles. They look for women who love adventures, work well with other women, and offer unique specialties that will further enrich our delegation.