CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Program 2013: Women Leaders

The Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Program 2013: Women Leaders

michal-ekramThe Palestinian-Israeli Leaders Program is a shared initiative for next generation women leaders from all sectors of society including civil society, politics, business and religion that includes leadership development, adventure, challenge and exploration. The 2013 program will bring together 12 carefully selected women from all sectors of Israeli and Palestinian society for a transformative program of leadership training and relationship building.

 The Program

Participants will engage in a ten-day wilderness expedition followed one month later by a group retreat where relationships are reinforced and leadership skills honed.  Participants have the opportunity to attend regional capacity building workshops and to receive one-to-one leadership coaching in the months following the group retreat. The final activity, group integration, brings the women leaders together with the existing network of civil society, political, business and religious leaders. For the group integration, alumni from all five sectors are invited to participate in a five-day program to discover and solidify the significant resources of the network and plan for ongoing activities. A joint effort of Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OB Peacebuilding), the program empowers leaders aged 30-40, from different sectors and backgrounds, to realize their own potential, advance their skills, further their networks and launch initiatives that improve their professions and their societies.


Coming here was a challenge for me, to leave everything back home and just be here, with the physical challenges, to be a leader with other leaders, to communicate, to share, to trust, to listen, and all of these things have been amazing. Because I’ve learned how to communicate, and I’ve learned to listen, I’ve learned to trust, I’ve learned to   share, and I took a great lesson from each and every single person here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               –Alum of program  




Outward Bound Croatia-Luke-67Twelve carefully selected women leaders will engage in:

  • One ten-day outdoor wilderness expedition overseas (early May 2013)
  • One four-day retreat overseas (early July 2013)
  • One five-day retreat overseas (October 24-28th)
  • Leadership, conflict resolution and communication training
  • One-to-one leadership coaching
  • Local networking events with other alumni from previous programs that include: political, civil society, business and religious leaders.

 To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a female who has already proven leadership in her professional life.
  • Be between the ages of 30 to 40 years old.
  • Have Israeli or Palestinian citizenship.
  • Demonstrate an interest in contributing to building trust and understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Be of average fitness (example: walking for 1 hour three times per week) and/or be willing to prepare oneself for expedition, including carry a 20kg backpack.
  • Have a valid passport and be able to travel abroad.
  • Speak English.
  • Be willing to share experiences with participants of other backgrounds.
  • Commit to the entire program (be able to take necessary time off).
  • Be open and willing to take risks, learn and develop.
  • Be creative, persistent and committed to positive social change.
  • Be open and comfortable spending time in nature with limited facilities.

 To apply:

  • Complete the online application at:
  • Or download the application and send to jeru[at]
  • Deadline for submission: March 8th, 2013
  • Send applications and/or questions to: jeru[at]
  • Potential candidates will be contacted for further interviews


All applications are treated with complete confidentiality. Applications will not be returned at the end of the selection process and no further use will be made of them. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


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Interested and eligible candidates can download an application by clicking here.