Photo courtesy of Peace by Tourism

Peace by Tourism


To foster peace and understanding in the Middle East and worldwide, Peace by Tourism attempts to bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide by bringing together young people from both sides for a unique professional training program.  Participants study, work and live together while developing the skills necessary for careers in tourism, hospitality and the culinary arts.

So Much More Than Career Training

Peace by Tourism, Inc. sends Palestinian and Israeli trainees to the world-famous Institute Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France for a three-year BA program to learn  the business of hotels and restaurants.  Coursework is both practical and theoretical, touching on everything from French cuisine preparation and banquet management to marketing and food technology.

Studying and living side by side, the Israeli and Palestinian trainees work together toward their shared goals. After completing their final projects, such as realizing a restaurant menu and catering their own graduation ceremony, students leave the Institute ready to implement their training on the professional level.  The program provides assistance with winning placement at  gourmet restaurants throughout Europe, further refining the graduates’ skills in real-world settings.

Finally, the program graduates return to the Middle East and transition to the next phase in their involvement with Peace by Tourism by working in Leola de la Paix, a cooking and hospitality school with the primary mission of promoting peace in the Middle East.

GRoW Support

We provided scholarships for two needy students to attend the three-year program. At the end of 2016, those scholarship students began a tour of Israel in the “PeaceFoodTruck,” visiting schools and youth centers. They cooked together, taught kids recipes and provided a living, breathing example of how Israelis and Palestinians can put aside differences and work together.


Graduating chefs of Institute Paul Bocuse take the floor. Photo courtesy of Peace by Tourism

Students at the Institute Paul Bocuse. Photo courtesy of Peace by Tourism

Graduating chefs of Institute Paul Bocuse take the floor. Photo courtesy of Peace by Tourism

Students at the Institute Paul Bocuse. Photo courtesy of Peace by Tourism


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