Leadership and Service GIE: Israel & the West Bank

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May 12 - 20, 2020

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This leadership and service workshop, “on the ground” and “in the field” in Israel and the West Bank, will continue SCETL’s 2019-20 public affairs theme of “Polarization and Civil Dialogue” in a global context.  

We will use tools learned during the academic year to listen and learn from Israelis and Palestinians of divergent views and narratives on religious, cultural, historical, and political issues.  At sites focused in Tel Aviv, East and West Jerusalem, and Bethlehem—to include an Israeli settlement, a Palestinian refugee camp, and a Jerusalem bi-cultural classroom—we will practice servant leadership in a variety of contexts.   Throughout the trip, students will be called upon to "see through the eyes of the other" as they practice and promote civil dialogue in a polarized region. Back on the ASU campus, students will be required to participate in a post-trip debrief session to reflect on their deepened understanding of the challenges and rewards of leadership and global awareness in the 21st century, and the challenges of being a citizen and leader in a liberal democracy.  

Check out this article from last summer's trip. 

Program components include: 



We’ll spend two days learning in modern, secular Tel Aviv.  Lectures will be given by journalists and business leaders as we visit the entrepreneurial heart of Israel and learn about the only liberal democracy in the region.  


In Israel’s ancient religious and cultural center, Jerusalem, we’ll explore West Jerusalem (to include Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum) and East Jerusalem (to include the border wall).  We will have meetings with politicians from across the spectrum, Hebrew University students, members of the Israeli Defense Forces and B’Tselem (Israeli Human Rights Organization).  We will visit both an Israeli settlement to meet with settlers and a Palestinian refugee camp to meet with refugees.  A full day will be spent service learning at a Hand-to-Hand school.


Two day-trips to the West Bank.  In Bethlehem, we’ll volunteer in a school classroom and olive planting project, visit the Church of the Nativity and speak with Palestinian leaders.


The final day of the trip will be spent in Jericho (West Bank) and include a hike to the Hisham Palace (an important Islamic monument) and a swim in the Dead Sea.

Application requirements



Please visit the Study Abroad Office's website for a complete list of requirements to apply for the Global Intensive Experience to Israel and the West Bank. 


Please send your personal statement, transcripts and letters of recommendation to Stephanie Schaaf at stephanie.schaaf@asu.edu.


  • Participating students must be enrolled in at least one course with the CEL prefix in Fall 2020.
  • 3.0GPA
  • Students must complete a written application and will be interviewed by SCETL faculty.  Twelve students will be selected from the applicant pool for this program.

Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying. Once accepted, students will be asked to complete the following:

Supervising faculty

Dr. Susan Carrese, Experiential Education Coordinator


Dr. Carol McNamara, Associate Director of Public Programs, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership