Delegation Cost and Logistics
Interfaith Peace-Builders works hard to keep delegation costs as low as possible. Our commitment to the Palestinian Code of Conduct for Tourism in the Holy Land means that we pay a fair price for services offered during a delegation and that we support the local economy. Indeed, there are few programs that offer more for less.
The ground fee cost for the 2017 delegations is $2700.
This cost includes almost everything for the 13 days of the delegation, including:
- orientation in Washington, DC
- hotel and home stay accommodations
- breakfasts and dinners
- local transportation
- speaker and event fees, including honararia to Palestinian and Israeli presenters
- a professional local guide and two delegations leaders from the US
- basic tips for guide, driver, and hotel staff
The only things that the delegation ground fee does not cover are: (1) lunches; (2) souvenirs and gifts you wish to buy; and (3) extra tips if you'd like to add to the base tip for driver and guide.
Budget around $10-$15 per day for lunch. Use your own judgment for what you will need for gifts and extras. While we give a group tip to our guide and driver at the end of the journey, we encourage additional tips if you are pleased with their work.
**The price of the Olive Harvest delegation is $100 more ($2800 total) than our other delegations because of the extra transportation and event cost incurred in getting to sites where we can learn more about issues facing olive growers and farmers.
The ground fee does not
include domestic and international airfare. Interfaith Peace-Builders works with
a local travel agent in Jerusalem to secure the best group rates
for the delegation to travel together on the same flight from Washington,
DC to Israel/Palestine. Therefore, delegates do not need to book
their own international airfare.
Currently, airfare is generally running between $1300 and $1700 for May and October delegations. July/August airfare is often around $1400 - 1800. Contact the IFPB office to inquire about the airfare for a specific delegation. Click here to learn more about potential sources of financial aid for delegations.
The first step to joining a delegation is to complete an application. After you complete an application IFPB will contact you to accept you for the delegation and give you much more information.
Once accepted, a $500 deposit will be necessary to save your place on the delegation. Payment for the airfare will generally be due around six weeks before the departure. Payment for the balance of the ground fee is generally due four weeks before departure.
Once you are accepted for a specific delegation, IFPB staff will communicate the exact payment schedule for each delegation.
Payments may be made by check to "Interfaith Peace-Builders." Credit card payments are also accepted via phone with the IFPB office or by using our online payment site.
Orientation and Travel Logistics
All IFPB delegations begin with a one day/one night orientation in Washington, DC. IFPB is one of the only delegation programs with an in-person orientation in the US. This orientation is a chance for delegates to meet, learn and discuss background on the region and its culture, and identify their personal and group goals for the delegation. Planning media and other work after the delegation is also a part of orientation. Participant evaluations consistently highlight the orientation as one of the most important parts of the experience.
Delegates will be expected make to arrangements
to be in Washington DC by the afternoon of first day of the delegation.
The advertised last day of the delegation is the day that you can expect to return to Washington, DC.