Since the 1990s, the Beit Sahour-based Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) has run a homestay project with families in the Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Bethlehem areas. Participating households were given initial grants to build extra private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, so all homes can offer visitors a degree of privacy alongside their traditional Palestinian hospitality. The project also provides valuable supplementary income for over a hundred households.
ATG are able to match up travellers with suitable homes according to your needs, so you can ask to be paired up with families who can supply B&B, half or full board and other services. Many families are also delighted to offer information or help with tours and trips, language practice or opening up Palestinian culture. Bookings can be made for any period, from a single night to several weeks, and this can often be an affordable option for people wanting to stay in the Bethlehem region for the medium-to-long term. ATG also offer this homestays as part of more comprehensive programmes, including volunteering for the olive harvest or olive tree planting, and regular summer programmes which also include Arabic tuition, cultural, historial and political visits and local volunteer opportunities.
Phone: 02 277 2151
ATG usually only accepts payment by cash or bank transfer; credit/debit card payments for Bethlehem homestays are possible via Green Olive Tours (below).