Focused on our mission to help people connect across divides—cultural, ethnic, religious, or political—we are reaching out during these challenging times offering innovative, newly developed, educational Dual Narrative 360° Virtual Tours. We've trained local Israeli and Palestinian guides to work with 360° cameras and create Dual Narrative content. The guides paired up, got to know each other and together decided on a wide range of topics—cultural and educational—all designed to bring about greater understanding. InterAct is offering these Virtual Tours at no charge to the public.
First Tour Date: Thursday, October 7 | 1:30pm ET
Politics vs. History In the Little Town of Bethlehem
View the Church of the Nativity for a historical conversation, visit political spots
such as Checkpoint 300, the refugee camp and the separation wall.
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InterAct is working with refugees all over the world to guarantee their access to education. Syrian refugees, for instance, have been scattered throughout the Middle East and Europe, and most do not have the opportunities or resources to enroll in higher education. There are also mounting needs among Palestinian refugees, due to recent cuts by the U.S administration to the budget of UNRWA (which has traditionally helped meet the needs of displaced Palestinians). Our projects target students from primary to college level, offering scholarships, assistance, internships, apprenticeship, volunteer opportunities, extracurricular activities, entrepreneurship, and connections to other communities all over the world. Here are some stories from one of our projects with National Geographic.
The Diversity Education Project promotes public education initiatives in underserved rural and low-income communities in the United States. A partnership between InterAct International and the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive History (BACH), the project offers diversity training, multi-narrative education, and conflict resolution workshops to students, educators, and community members.
East Jerusalem is one of the poorest cities in the Holy Land, and InterAct is aiming to transform Jerusalem's education gap by creating opportunities to help the city's residents thrive and prosper. Currently, over 2,000 classrooms are missing in East Jerusalem, and students in East Jerusalem finish high school without any resources to help them continue to college. If they decide to go to university in the West Bank, their degree will not be accepted by most Israeli institutions, and they will not be able to get a job in Jerusalem. If they decide to study in an Israeli university, they discover a huge chasm between what they learned in high school and what is needed to pass Israeli university courses. As a result, retention rates for East Jerusalem residents who enter Israeli universities is very low. InterAct is thus working with East Jerusalem students to offer scholarships, technical assistance, conflict resolution skills, exchange opportunities, and apprenticeship.
Entrepreneurship and Community Development
The founders of InterAct are known for their work in international development and conflict resolution. They have innovated projects in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, the U.S, Northern Ireland, Colombia, and many other destinations. They have worked on a number of projects to encourage entrepreneurship and help with community developments. In the last few years, they have worked to promote community tourism in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and many other destinations. InterAct's projects expand on these inroads. InterAct supports communities by training developing community tourism projects, training tour guides, supporting innovative products and activities, assisting local small businesses. For example, we are working now in Chile with our partner Evoluzion on community tourism projects with indigenous tribes such as the Mapuches in south-central Chile.
Through in-depth consultations and trainings, the social change and business professionals at InterAct will enhance progressive forms of business i.e. social enterprise and social business with the best practices and cutting edge thinking from the social change, peacebuilding, and development fields. Specifically, we help social enterprise practitioners think through their theories of change, the impact they want to make, and how to realistically measure it in a way that helps them continuously learn, benefit from that measurement, and scale the change they seek to create in the world.
InterAct International is focused on stepping in emergency situations to support those in need. For example, InterAct supported entrepreneurs who lost their jobs due to the Covid19 crisis. In the aftermath of the 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, InterAct partnered with local organizations to help with food distribution, reconstruction efforts, mental health support, and all aspects of rehabilitation