Year 1 – CFP Cypriot Camp
CFP Coordinators organize bi-communal camps for Cypriot teens each summer. In past years, the camp has been held in the village of Ayios Nicolaos in the Troodos mountains. This old Turkish Cypriot village located in the south of Cyprus has been converted to a camp site run by the local authorities of the town of Pano Polemidia in Limassol district. Through workshops, discussions and games, the teens learn the importance of citizen peace-building. In the words of one of the campers “We went to the camp as two groups and we returned as one.” Capacity for each camp is 50 to 55 teens.
Camp staff consists of CFP alums, CFP parents and friends and CFP Coordinators – all unpaid volunteers.
The camp program includes sports, environmental activities and an oral history by Cypriots who were former students at the school that is now the camp site. A highlight of the week is the ‘walk of history’ where both communities’ perspective of Cypriot history since the 1950’s are compared and discussed.
Year 2 – CFP Residency Program
The U.S. Residency Program consists of living with American families for 4 weeks in July. The hosting areas in 2021 will include Maryland, New Hampshire, Oregon/SW Washington and San Francisco, CA. While in the hosting areas, they enjoy social activities and group programs that teach team building, conflict resolution, community service and environmental awareness. Some of the teens will be placed in areas which also provide home stays for our Jerusalem Friendship Program. These areas will provide the teens the opportunities of learning from each other.
A Cyprus Residency Program is being developed. More details will be posted as they are confirmed.