XL Application

This application is for returning participants only.

We are excited that you are planning to apply for the Hands of Peace XL Program, which will take place July 11-30, 2018. Applicants will be placed at one of our two sites: in either the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois or of San Diego, California, USA.


  • To support the mission and goals of HOP.
  • To help, encourage, care about and support all participants from all delegations without preference or favor.
  • To support the staff and leadership in providing the best possible experience for everyone.
  • To help plan and implement activities for the Hands.
  • To be a role model for the Hands, demonstrating and encouraging inclusiveness, cooperation and involvement, even in moments of high emotional tension or general rowdiness.
  • To participate actively in XL dialogues and training, working together with each other to achieve personal and collective goals.
  • To show strong commitment to HOP throughout the year—both before and after their summer as XLs—by attending Alumni Club meetings and seminars, participating in the listserv, and working with other alumni in planning HOP-related activities in one’s home community.


The XL applications will be reviewed and XLs chosen by the XL Selection Committee. The XL Selection Committee will make their decisions by consensus and will aim for diversity in the delegation as a whole in terms of nationality, religion and gender. Final decisions will be communicated by the Executive Director. The following criteria will be used in evaluating XL applicants:

  1. Successful completion of HOP Summer Program, online XL application, and interview with HOP staff member.
  2. Adherence to HOP policies and procedures.
  3. Active involvement in HOP activities following completion of the Summer Program (SP), including attendance at Alumni Club meetings and events
  4. Constructive participation on the listserv and other communication and/or networking media.
  5. A willingness to speak on behalf of Hands of Peace at promotional, recruitment, or fundraising presentations.
  6. Demonstrated efforts to help recruit participants and encourage supporters.
  7. Consistent responsiveness to communications and/or requests from HOP participants, supporters or leadership.
  8. Feedback from appropriate HOP staff and volunteers.
  9. Potential for continued growth and future involvement in HOP and related activities.
  10. Demonstrated ability to engage in conflict discussions in a respectful manner.
  11. Willingness to interact/assist with members of all delegations.
  12. Demonstration of an ability to be an appropriate role model in terms of reliability, leadership and a mature approach to problem-solving.
  13. Age: we will be primarily selecting from candidates who will be 17 or older at the time of the Summer Program in July. We believe that this will provide an even better experience for the Hands, and make the XL dialogue more significant
  14. Good English skills.


  • Parental permission as indicated by signing a program waiver form, which is collected at the pre-program orientation in May or June.
  • Available for all program activities on each day of the program
  • For Israeli and Palestinian applicants:
    • Passport valid through at least January 2018. (If you do not have one, you will need to obtain one after acceptance. The program will not cover any expenses associated with obtaining a passport or the visa. We will assist you in obtaining your visa for travel to the United States.)
    • Travel with the HOP delegation according to the arrangements made for the group. All successful candidates will be available for the entire Summer Program. Any extra fees incurred due to a change in the participant’s plans will be the responsibility of the participant and their guardians.


U.S. XLs –
The total tuition for US participants is $1,500 including a $200 deposit.  The deposit is due on or before April 1 to secure your place in the program. The deposit is refundable up until April 30. 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. Only 10% of our annual budget is covered by the participant tuition fees.

 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 Rhonda McCarty or San Diego Site Director Sarah Heirendt.

Israeli and Palestinian XLs –
The donor-subsidized cost to participate in Hands of Peace is $900 (this fee includes airfare). A non-refundable payment of $400 is due immediately if accepted, with the remainder program fee due at the May/June Orientation. This fee may be reduced in the case of financial need, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals from low-income families. Requests for financial assistance should be sent to info@handsofpeace.org at the time of acceptance into the program.


Applications are now closed. Please consider applying next year.