Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

West Bank Practicum: Building Community Across Borders

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Policy student Nicole Ketcham on the West Bank practicum

Nicole Ketcham (MAIPS '10) reflects upon her time in the West Bank last January.

December 27, 2008

Nicole Ketcham (MAIPS '10), Nikki Hodgson (MAIEP '09), and Kate Holland (MAIPS '10) traveled to the West Bank in January 2009 with the goal of exploring future internship opportunities for our students. They established relationships with officials from Bethlehem University and local organizations.

The Gaza Conflict began as the team arrived in Israel and the West Bank. In the video above, Nicole reflects upon her experiences visiting Israeli and Palestinian friends and meeting with officials during this time. She returned to Bethlehem this spring to fine-tune her conflict resolution skills as an intern with the Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

The Monterey Institute recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bethlehem University, so stay tuned for more details about this growing relationship.

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