Working in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem

I lived in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem where I was affiliated with an activity centre or the children, I gave a helping hand wherever needed it was missing. From setting up chairs to initiating the activities, interacting with the local community – a really good process. I have gained insight into the culture and history of the Palestinian people. It was also exciting and at times hard to be allowed to feel a little lonely, to be alone in a foreign culture, and then to experience the difference it makes to one’s understanding of oneself that you are well received.

If I should recommend to others a stay in Palestine, I would say: Be curious, patient and courageous. The Danish House helped me to get to know the conditions well before I came to camp, and I had constant contact with their sweet employees. I always knew where I could get help and answers, and it gives a good sense of security, and then it is just nice to be able to share some of the bold impressions you get with some others who understand your perspective.