Go Palestine takes pride in its experienced staff who are focused on a safe and fun-filled summer experience.
Program Director - Nisreen Shahin
Nisreen Shahin has held the position the Go Palestine Camp Director since 2015. She is a highly skilled administrator with more than 14 years of experience in managing and leading local and international non-governmental organizations as well as working with the Palestinian private sector. Nisreen has experience in working with children and is herself a mother of 2 children -- all students at the Ramallah Friends School. Nisreen enjoys an impressive network of contacts within the Palestinian community which have aided her in programming for Go Palestine. Nisreen is a visionary bringing in many new ideas for the camp. She is attentive to details and her main priority is ensuring the campers are safe, happy and gaining meaningful and lasting experiences. She is the CEO of Peace Works Foundation and a partner & Co-Founder of PalTerhal -- a Palestinian company specializing in outdoor adventure programs. Nisreen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from BirZeit University.
“Thank you counselors, and everyone. Each of you helped plant a seed in me that will continue to grow.” - 2011 Camper
Go Palestine is also supported by three four advisors:
- Joyce Ajlouny is the current Director of the
Ramallah Friends School. It is Joyce's dream to provide a back-to-the-roots cultural experience for Palestinian youth in the Diaspora. Joyce will be
active in ensuring the success of Go Palestine as a quality camp with international standards.
- James "Biff" Houldin, advisor, has 30 years experience in the
travel and summer programming field. He is the founder of Global
Works Travel (a service company for students) and Stone Mountain
Adventures. He will be in Ramallah to help train the staff and
continue to be an advisor.
- Ted First, advisor, is a lifelong Friend of the Quaker Meeting, and an active participant in Ramallah Friends
Meeting and Friends Center through his frequent stays in Ramallah and the West Bank.
- Dr. Riyam Kafri Abu Laban Principal of the Ramallah Friends Upper School: Riyam is an experienced academician who brings a wealth of diverse experiences in educational leadership and administration. After experimenting with pharmaceutical research for nearly two years, Riyam discovered her passion for teaching when she transitioned into the world of academia as a founding faculty member at the AlQuds Bard College for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Al Quds University in Jerusalem. For six years there, Riyam played an instrumental role addressing many challenges of a nascent institution and her work extended well beyond teaching Chemistry to include curriculum development and accreditation, student recruitment, student life, parents-college relations, college branding, faculty development and recruitment. Riyam also worked as a researcher at the A.M Qattan Foundation focusing on the use of botanical gardens as educational space and is already thinking of ways of further engaging RFS students in environmental and agricultural inquiry.
RFS School staff, including Deputy Principal Jeries Abu El-Etham, will also provide advice and support when needed.