American Participant Application

Our next Summer Program session will be July 8 – July 27, 2020. Successful applicants MUST be available for all program activities: approximately 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. every day, including a half dozen evening events.  This includes Saturdays and Sundays.  There will be two non-consecutive days off during the program that are still being determined. If you have any questions about this, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or please contact us at


The total tuition for American participants is $1,950, which includes a $250 deposit.  The deposit is due on or before April 1 to secure your place in the program. Unless a payment plan is arranged, the final payment is due on or before June 1. 

Tuition covers bus travel, activity fees, and lunches, as well as a portion of the overarching program costs, such as staff stipends and location for the Summer Program. Additionally, the fee covers ongoing American alumni programming throughout the year, including seminars, workshops and activities. Note that only 10% of our annual budget is covered by the participant tuition fees.   

Hands of Peace American alumni are also invited and encouraged to participate on the Multi Narrative Trip to Israel/Palestine which is currently scheduled for Spring 2021. 


Need-based scholarships are available: any reduced tuition will be determined by a sliding scale. We are also happy to arrange a monthly payment plan at the time of the deposit. Once an applicant is accepted, you will receive the link to our Scholarship Application form. In the meantime if you would like more information regarding financial assistance please email Chicago Site Director Darling Kittoe or San Diego Site Director Sarah Heirendt.

Applications for Illinois residents are being accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Final selection of applicants will be determined no later than March 15, 2020.
Please click on the link below to fill out the application. You will receive an automatic confirmation email after your application is submitted. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact

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