Workcamps

Workcamp Programs

Each year, we invite volunteers to join us for a number of workcamps at Daher’s Vineyard - the Tent of Nations farm. These camps are an opportunity to join in the life at the farm and work alongside other people from different cultures.

At the moment, Tent of Nations has six different workcamps (approximated dates, contact us if you need more information):

  • Camp 1: March, 2nd and 3rd weeks – Tree Planting Campaign
  • Camp 2: June, 3rd weeks – Apricot Harvest & Cave Renovation
  • Camp 3: July, 1st and 2nd weeks – Children Summer Program
  • Camp 4: August, 1st and 2nd weeks – Almond and Fruits Harvest
  • Camp 5: September, 1st and 2nd weeks – Grape and Fig Harvest
  • Camp 6: October, 4th week – Olive Harvest

Participation Fee for each workcamp is 150 Euros. This amount covers food, accommodation, lectures and different programs and activities. However, it doesn’t cover field trips.

Please Note: Participants are expected to pay for their flights and to cover their own health insurance.

Food will be prepared for the volunteers at meal time. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase from the snack bar.

Camp 1: Tree Planting Campaign 

Place: Tent of Nations – Nassar Farm – Daher’s Vineyard
Work type: Tree planting.
Number of Volunteers: 25 Internationals.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in tents or caves at the campsite.

Project Details:
The project is provided for both internationals and locals. During the ten days, you will experience planting different types of trees. There will also be a special program prepared for each day. The program will include: general details about the land situation, orientation, lectures, workshops, documentary movies and field trips to Bethlehem and surroundings.
During this period the weather changes very often, it can rain any time but at the same time we might be lucky and enjoy a lot of sun. So don’t be disappointed if it rains the program will go on, we will switch the days and instead we will arrange for tree planting on the warmer days.

Weather (March):
The weather is usually warm, windy with light rain between 18º-24º
On the vineyard it is usually warm but windy during the day, it gets very cold in the evenings around 10º.

Suggested items to bring:
- Warm cloths “Fleece jumpers, wool tops and a thick coat”
- Thick trousers “cheap quality / brand” for work
- Rain Jacket.
- Warm hats, jackets with hoods, or bandana
- Warm Scarf
- Thick gloves.
- Long boots “for working in the fields”
- Walking shoes “for hiking”
- Frame back pack
- Small, light bag
- Flashlight
- Sleeping bag.
- Tent – if possible to pack
- Camera
- Notebook, pen, markers.

Apply to join this workcamp

Camp 2: Apricot Harvest & Cave Renovation

Place: Tent of Nations – Nassar Farm – Daher’s Vineyard
Work type: Renovating caves
Volunteers needed: 25 Internationals
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep tents at the campsite.

Project Details:
This unique project will include lectures about caves in general and the caves on Daher’s vineyard in specific, in order to start with renovating it is very advisable to understand and realize the type of caves you will be working with and how to be careful in renovating. During the day you will be able to go for tours to different places and explore Bethlehem area as well you will get to know the interesting landscape and will meet people.
The volunteers will help in cleaning, renovating, painting and decorating some of the caves on Daher’s vineyard. This type of work is very interesting for the people who have never experienced it before; it is very unique because the caves on the vineyard are very old and special. It takes quite a long time to make the caves into livable areas, but as the work progresses, you will be able to see the results and the beauty in the caves and stones itself.

Useful Guidelines:
- Make sure to get enough sleep each night of the camp, because this type of work usually starts very early in the morning to avoid the heat later in the day.

Weather (June):
The weather is mostly hot, dry and dusty. Between 22º-27º. On the vineyard it is usually hot during the day, but can get chilly in the evening.

Suggested items to bring:
- Warm cloths “Fleece jumpers/pullovers/jackets, wool tops and a thick coat”
- Thick trousers “cheap quality / brand” for work
- Rain Jacket.
- Warm hats, jackets with hoods, or bandana
- Warm Scarf
- Thick gloves.
- Long boots “for working in the fields”
- Walking shoes “for hiking”
- Frame back pack
- Small,light bag
- Flash light
- Sleeping bag.
- Tent – if possible to pack
- Camera
- Notebook, pen, markers.

Apply to join this workcamp

Camp 3: Children Summer Program

Place: Tent of Nations – Nassar Farm – Daher’s Vineyard
Work type: Children’s Summer Camp ”Creative Projects & Talents camp”
Volunteers needed: 25 Internationals
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep on beds in a big tent at the campsite.

Project Details: 
The children’s camp is a festival! It will be held for children from the Bethlehem region to take part in arts, music, dance, theatre, sport and games. This is sometimes the first time children are able to experience a camp of this type and learn about their rural heritage in a peaceful location. The projects will be educational, will promote tolerance and peace, challenge prejudice, but most importantly, it will be a chance for the children to have a break from the politics that overwhelm their childhood.

Program:
40-50 children between the ages 10 to 16 will be invited to visit the land on a daily bases to experience the rural setting and take part in one-day creative projects. They will learn about Palestinian rural life and the natural produce- a knowledge that is vastly being lost in modern Palestine. They will learn and develop their talents at music, dance and theatre for a performance on the final day to celebrate the festival with the children’s families.

Useful Guidelines:
- Make sure to get enough sleep each night of the camp, because this type of work usually starts very early in the morning to avoid the heat later in the day.

Weather (July):
The weather is mostly hot, dry and dusty, between 25º-30º. On the vineyard it is usually hot during the day, but can get chilly in the evening.

Suggested items to bring:
- Warm cloths “Fleece jumpers/pullovers/jackets, wool tops and a thick coat”
- Thick trousers “cheap quality / brand” for work
- Rain Jacket.
- Warm hats, jackets with hoods, or bandana
- Warm Scarf
- Thick gloves.
- Long boots “for working in the fields”
- Walking shoes “for hiking”
- Frame back pack
- Small,light bag
- Flash light
- Sleeping bag.
- Tent – if possible to pack
- Camera
- Notebook, pen, markers.

Apply to join this workcamp

Camp 4: Almond and Fruit Harvest

Place: Tent of Nations – Nassar Farm – Daher’s Vineyard
Work type: Almond and Fruit Harvest
Volunteers needed: 25 Internationals
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep on beds in a big tent at the campsite.

Project Details:
August is the month of picking almonds, apples and apricots. It is important for us to have volunteers sharing this significant time together at Tent of Nations.
Volunteers from different backgrounds will camp out for ten days, harvesting different fruits, and participating in creative projects such as: painting on stones, mosaic work, open discussions about various subjects, games and sports. The program will have the two extremes: the fun part and the intense time working in the fields.

Useful Guidelines:
- Make sure to get enough sleep each night of the camp, because this type of work usually starts very early in the morning to avoid the heat later in the day.

Weather (August):
The weather is mostly hot, dry and dusty. Between 26º-32º. Usually hot during the day, but can get chilly in the evening.

Suggested items to bring:
- Warm cloths “Fleece jumpers/pullovers/jackets, wool tops and a thick coat”
- Thick trousers “cheap quality / brand” for work
- Rain Jacket.
- Warm hats, jackets with hoods, or bandana
- Warm Scarf
- Thick gloves.
- Long boots “for working in the fields”
- Walking shoes “for hiking”
- Frame back pack
- Small,light bag
- Flash light
- Sleeping bag.
- Tent – if possible to pack
- Camera
- Notebook, pen, markers.

Apply to join this workcamp

Camp 5: Grape and Fig Harvest

Place: Tent of Nations – Nassar Farm – Daher’s Vineyard
Work type: Grape and Fig Harvest
Volunteers needed: 25 Internationals
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep on beds in a big tent at the campsite.

Project Details:
September is the month of picking grapes and figs. It is important for us to have volunteers sharing this significant time together at Tent of Nations.
Volunteers from different backgrounds will camp out for ten days. During their time there they will pick the harvest of different fruits, and with the help of volunteers, they will make grape syrup. The program will have the two extremes: fun around the camp, and the intense time working in the fields.

Useful Guidelines:
- Make sure to get enough sleep each night of the camp, because this type of work usually starts very early in the morning to avoid the heat later in the day.

Weather (September):
The weather is mostly hot, dry and dusty. Between 26º-30º. Usually hot during the day, but can get chilly in the evening.

Suggested items to bring:
- Warm cloths “Fleece jumpers/pullovers/jackets, wool tops and a thick coat”
- Thick trousers “cheap quality / brand” for work
- Rain Jacket.
- Warm hats, jackets with hoods, or bandana
- Warm Scarf
- Thick gloves.
- Long boots “for working in the fields”
- Walking shoes “for hiking”
- Frame back pack
- Small,light bag
- Flash light
- Sleeping bag.
- Tent – if possible to pack
- Camera
- Notebook, pen, markers.

Apply to join this workcamp

Camp 6: Olive Harvest

Place: Tent of Nations – Nassar Farm – Daher’s Vineyard
Work type: Olive Harvest
Volunteers needed: 25 Internationals
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep on beds in a big tent at the campsite.

Project Details:
The olive harvest camp is provided for both local and international volunteers. Campers will sleep at the campsite for ten days. In the morning, they will pick olives and in the afternoons there will be site-seeing tours, story telling, open discussions, games & sports, and evening gatherings around the fire.

Useful Guidelines:
- Make sure to get enough sleep each night of the camp, because this type of work usually starts very early in the morning to avoid the heat later in the day.

Weather: (October/ November):
The weather is mostly hot, dry and dusty. Between 20º-27º. Usually hot during the day, but can get chilly in the evening.

Suggested items to bring:
- Warm cloths “Fleece jumpers/pullovers/jackets, wool tops and a thick coat”
- Thick trousers “cheap quality / brand” for work
- Rain Jacket.
- Warm hats, jackets with hoods, or bandana
- Warm Scarf
- Thick gloves.
- Long boots “for working in the fields”
- Walking shoes “for hiking”
- Frame back pack
- Small,light bag
- Flash light
- Sleeping bag.
- Tent – if possible to pack
- Camera
- Notebook, pen, markers.

Apply to join this workcamp