In 2013, Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO) was gifted a historic building (formerly a soap factory, mosque, and church) in the Old City of Nablus, Palestine. With partners, TYO is now working to convert the building into a boutique hotel that will become a revenue-generating project for TYO as well as a vocational training facility and catalyst for tourism in and around Nablus. With over 5 millennia of history, great strides are in place to ensure the conversation and restoration of this historic building.
The Hotel TYO internship will engage young professionals in archaeology, architecture, design, history, art, geography, and related fields the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to an innovative, multi-faceted project.
1-3 interns will be recruited to work closely with local architects and archeologists, learning from these experts and bringing their own international insights to conservation, preservation, and renovation efforts, including research, planning, and execution for Hotel TYO.
NABLUS: Founded by the Roman Emperor Vespasian in 72 CE as Flavia Neapolis, Nablus has been ruled by many empires over the course of its history. In the 5th and 6th centuries, conflict between the city's Christian and Samaritan inhabitants climaxed in a series of Samaritan revolts against Byzantine rule, before their violent quelling in 529 CE drastically dwindled that community's numbers in the city. In 636, Neapolis, along with most of Palestine, came under the rule of the Islamic Arab Caliphate of Umar ibn al-Khattab; its name Arabicized to Nablus. In 1099, the Crusaders took control of the city for less than a century, leaving its mixed Muslim, Christian and Samaritan population relatively undisturbed. After Saladin's Ayyubid forces took control of the interior of Palestine in 1187, Islamic rule was reestablished, and continued under the Mamluk and Ottoman empires to follow.
TOMORROW'S YOUTH ORGANIZATION: TYO is an American, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members.
Initial Volunteer Period: 12 weeks
- Minimum of five years study and/or experience in the fields of architecture, urban planning, archaeology, urban studies, or related fields;
- Passion for cultural preservation and enhancement, as well as social enterprise and TYO's mission specifically;
- Highly evolved interpersonal skills to build and navigate intercultural relationships throughout the project;
- Flexibility, creativity, and self-motivation to deliver best results and extract most value from an experience in a highly entrepreneurial situation; and
- Applicants must be native English speakers, Arabic skills are a plus.
The internship is not paid; however, TYO will cover the cost of round-trip airfare, ground transportation to Nablus, and room and full board. Participants are provided fully furnished accommodations in Nablus, Palestine.