In this moving and powerful book, Aziz relates his experiences of creating cross-cultural connections in places like Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Russia, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Readers discover that travel has the transformational power to heal divides, increase tolerance and make the world a more peaceful place.


Author Aziz Abu Sarah, a recognized peace activist and MEJDI Tours co-founder, will join the November Book Circle. An essential strategy book for how to have transformative, sustainable, responsible travel experiences, Aziz's book is ranked #1 by Amazon for Hot  New Releases in the War & Peace and Middle Eastern Politics categories. 


Save the date for the first U.S. Alumni Seminar!

It will take place virtually, Saturday, December 19 – Monday, December 21, 2020.

Open to all American alumni from any year, the U.S. Alumni Seminar will include engaging workshops, meaningful networking, valuable skill panels, social time and more. Sign up now to save your spot and help us as we plan our first U.S. Alumni Seminar.


Interesting Events in the Community

The views of speakers/films/books in this section do not represent the views of Hands of Peace. We encourage the Hands of Peace community, just like our young leaders, to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. To best do that, we list a wide spectrum of events and encourage people to attend some that offer differing perspectives. Only by listening to each other with open minds and open hearts can we grow.

Listed events are selected to inspire dialogue amongst alumni and our community and to present  diverse perspectives. We hope you will join us.

Hands of Peace alumni are addressing many different issues as they create change in their communities.  The environment and climate change are two areas that are especially important to the future of our alumni, and we provided training on water issues through a partnership with EcoPeace in 2019.  Here is another opportunity, the TED Countdown, to learn more about how we all can have a positive impact on our environment and slow down climate change. Countdown launches on 10.10.2020 at 11:00am ET.

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Raising youth voices: De-escalation  training

Raising Youth Voices participants and Hands of Peace alumni learned how to analyze conflict and manage difficult and heated conversations in a two-part De-escalation Training session with Husam Jubran, Hands of Peace Director of Facilitation.

Husam has a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding.

Look here for future Raising Youth Voices training sessions. If you would like to connect with our Hands of Peace Outreach Coordinator,  email  Maeve Plunkett: 

If you attended the De-escalation Training Sessions please fill out this survey.

More than 50 alumni, parents, and supporters from the Hands of Peace community came together Sunday, August 16, for an open, candid and courageous discussion about "How to Be an Antiracist." Hands of Peace Outreach Coordinator and alumna Maeve Plunkett joined with Raising Youth Voices Program Coordinator Dania Zanaid to co-host the Hands of Peace Virtual Book Circle, in partnership with the San Diego Diplomacy Council.

Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Publisher's Weekly, "How to Be an Antiracist" is the featured book for the  Hands of Peace August Virtual Book Circle.  Praised as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind” (New York Times), Kendi’s groundbreaking work brings a new approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality.


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Learning Conversation: activism in Action

We are sorry we missed you for the third event in our series of  Learning  Conversations. Hands of Peace alumni Zoey Serebriany and Jake Arft-Guatelli helped lead the way as alumni activists Stav Arnon, Nabaa Khan, and Bridget Fogarty shared their inspiring stories. 

The breakout meetings were inspiring and meaningful as we discussed: What does it mean to be an activist? What’s calling you to activism right now? Here are some important resources:

How to Talk about Tough Issues

How to Take Actions to Address Racism