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Solidarity Sport Palestine - looking back

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

We recently submitted our final report for our first European Solidarity Corps Project, Solidarity Sport Palestine. We’re taking this moment to reflect on what the project has achieved, and what we have learned as a result of delivering it.

In Solidarity Sport Palestine 4 volunteers worked with Palestine Sports 4 Life (PS4L) in Ramallah, in the West Bank. With the support of European Solidarity Corps volunteers, PS4L were aided in their ability to deliver sports and life skills sessions for young people, and received helpful support for head office operations.

Our volunteers delivered sports and life skills sessions for 193 young Palestinians at Amaria and Qaddoura refugee camps. These sessions help these young people build up their soft skills like team work and self-confidence.

They also contributed vital capacity support for PS4L. They reached over 8000 people with communications activities; developed strategies and funding applications; conducted research, and organised an advocacy campaign.

Another impact of the project was the personal and professional development of volunteers. Palestine is a very challenging context to work in, with volunteering and civil society activities both severely affected by Palestine’s status as an occupied territory. Volunteers also took part in training in sports and life skills coaching, Arabic language, and participated in conferences.

Solidarity Sport Palestine was an important project for International Service. It was our first international volunteering programme since we ceased delivery of International Citizen Service in 2018, and has paved the way for more projects and partnerships through the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ programmes. We’ve got more projects coming up in Jordan and Palestine when travel can resume, you can find out more in our ESC update.

Solidarity Sport Palestine was delivered with the support of the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union.

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