Software Engineer, 46 – United States
I volunteered in 2003, and then again in 2005, teaching English and making films about Palestine and Project Hope. I decided to come to Palestine after reading about the tragic death of Rachel Corrie. I wanted to see for myself what was going on.
For me, the most rewarding thing about volunteering was the sense of empowerment. You see that, even under really horrible conditions, people are good-hearted and life goes on. You get a feeling that you can go just about anywhere in the world, and things will generally be okay.
I think Project Hope is particularly good because it’s not overly political. When you’re with Project Hope, you’re working on building something, just like the Palestinians who live there. You’re not doing things to them or for them, you’re doing things with them.
Since I first volunteered I’ve helped maintain the website and email system. I hope to go back to Nablus within the next couple years.