Rawabi Foundation is collaborating with Massar International on Massarak (“your path”) one of the most pioneering work-study programs in Palestine. Massarak is an internship program for local and international scholars.
Massarak Local, developed in coordination with Palestinian universities, provides students with the specific skillsets needed to meet the demands of the Palestinian labor market. Massarak Local brings students into the workplace and assigns them tasks related to their field of study. This training period helps them to apply the knowledge they acquire in the classroom to real-life work challenges and gain hands-on experience.
Since its inception in 2014, Massarak Local has hosted more than 150 students, 40% of which were subsequently hired for permanent positions. In 2016, 60% of trainees who joined the program were female; 74% of the trainees joined Rawabi’s developer, Bayti Real Estate Investment Company.
Massarak International is a work-study program for international students. Launched in 2013, it has hosted more 100 students from leading international universities including Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Oxford and the London School of Economics. Massarak International recruits interns throughout the year with internships typically lasting 8-12 weeks.
International interns join Massar Group enterprises such as Asal Technologies, Massar Associates and the Bayti Real Estate Investment Company. Interns are fielded into a range of corporate departmental areas; marketing, branding, finance and retail. A recent Oxford University intern spent two months working in Rawabi’s newly established private school, the Rawabi English Academy. In addition to a monthly stipend, Massarak covers the cost of travel to Palestine and accommodation for the duration of the internship.
University Scholarship Program
The Rawabi Foundation provides fully and partial scholarships to high-achieving, underprivileged Palestinian university students. The students, from various villages, towns and refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza, would not otherwise have the opportunity to complete their studies. Students who receive scholarships also have the opportunity to participate in summer internships at the Massar International Group and its affiliates, where they gain valuable employment skills that will help them find jobs in the future.
Grow for a Greener Palestine
“Grow for a Greener Palestine” is Rawabi’s tree-planting and community greening program. Through the program, more than 15,000 trees have been planted with the support of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, philanthropists, students and community activists from all over the world. Ten thousand additional trees are lined up for planting with the completion of the preliminary construction phase. The program encourages environmental stewardship and the restoration of Palestine’s natural forests.
Yalla Fitness is an exercise studio launched to provide residents of the city and the surrounding communities with a friendly, inviting space for indoor physical fitness activities.
Its mission is to promote healthy lifestyles by providing fun, energetic classes for all skill levels in a comfortable environment.
Yalla Fitness offers weekly Yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes, each with their own specific health benefits and under the supervision of a trained teacher. All of the trainers are experienced and certified. Other classes soon to be hosted by the studio include dabka and ballet.
Interfaith and Public Holiday Celebrations
In support of Rawabi’s multi-faith community, the city will celebrate all major holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Easter, Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha in its public spaces. The city’s ecumenical philosophy and welcoming of all faiths extends to our local neighbors, the Samaritans, one of the world’s smallest and oldest religious communities.
Rawabi will also observe all Palestinian national holidays, as well as our own holiday to commemorate the founding of the city.
Palestinian Thobe Competition
The traditional embroidered thobe is the very fabric of each Palestinian town’s identity. As Palestine’s newest city, the local community has been challenged to put its creative skills to the test in a competition to design Rawabi’s signature dress. The winner will be announced at a city-wide ceremony and the thobe available for purchase in Rawabi’s museum gift shop.