Expat Life in Palestine



Palestine is a geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.


Expat Clubs in Palestine

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Afghanistan and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com. An interesting website to follow as an expat is the one listed below as it has news and strategy regarding Afghan expatriates.

International Schools in Palestine

The Friends School

The Friends School of Ramallah and El-Bireh strives to be a leading educational institution in the Palestinian community.  The Lower School (FGS) and the Upper School (FBS) were founded in 1869 and 1901 respectively, for the purpose of offering Palestinian youth a rigorous program guided by principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  Central to Quaker education is a vitality which comes from being a living expression of a religious life.  A Friends School education seeks to promote a constant search for God to all human situations, and to cultivate ethical, moral and spiritual values.


Curriculum: IB

Tel: +970.2.295.2286

Fax: +970.2.295.8320

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.palfriends.org

American School of Palestine

The American School of Palestine is an independent non-denominational comprehensive coeducational institution established in 1995. Originally intended to provide for the educational needs of returning English-speaking expatriate Palestinian youth, mostly from North America, it has since evolved into a reputable bilingual teaching institution emphasizing rigorous modern education within a framework of civic and national education.

Tel: +972 2 240 5929/8

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.asp.ps

The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope

The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope is located near the bustling center of the West Bank city of Ramallah. With 60,000 people in its metropolitan area and over 280,000 in the surrounding governorate, Ramallah is one of the primary centers of Palestinian government, business, arts, and culture. The Palestinian National Authority offices are here along with many of the largest businesses, schools, and cultural centers of the Palestinian territories.


Tel: +972-(0)2-295-3977

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.elcjhl.org/department-of-education/schools/ramallah  

Local News in English

The Palestine Chronicle

The Palestine Chronicle is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the general public by providing a forum that strives to highlight issues of relevance to human rights, national struggles, freedom and democracy in the form of daily news, commentary, features, book reviews, photos, art, and more.

Website: www.palestinechronicle.com

Country Information for Palestine

Location: Western Asia

Capital City: East Jerusalem

Other Important Cities: Gaza

Currency: New Shekel (most commonly used currency)

Language: Arabic

Calling Code: +972/+970 (970 is assigned but the connection is sometimes better when dialing 972)

Internet TLD: .ps


Emergency Numbers: 911

Embassy Information


Driving License

According to locals and expats non-Palestinians can use their own driving licenses when driving in Palestine.


There are many expats who live in Palestine, most work as hospital aid workers and for NGOs in the region. We have calculated the cost of living in Palestine. A two bedroom flat in a good area set you back around 2000ILS (approximately 550USD) and utilities for that flat will be around 500ILS (approximately 135USD).


Since 1967, there have been improvements in the access to healthcare and the overall general health conditions for residents in that region. Advances in training, increased access to state-of-the-art medical technology, and various governmental provisions have allowed per-capita funding to increase, and therefore the overall health of residents in the region to increase. Additionally, the enhanced access to and funding from international organizations like the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the Palestinian Ministry of Health, and the World Bank Education and Health Rehabilitation Project have contributed to the current state of affairs within the healthcare segment of the Palestinian territories.

However, while many efforts at enhancing the state of health affairs within the Palestinian territories have shown improvement, there are still efforts to be made. Continued efforts to recognize and address the geopolitical barriers will be necessary in order to continue to have significant success in this field. Finally, addressing demographic trends within the region, like differing pregnancy rates and mortality rates, will be necessary to enhance the state of health affairs that the Palestinian territories face. This article addresses each of these issues in more explanatory detail, giving an overview of the major legal and ethical developments in healthcare within the Palestinian territories, and discussing further obstacles that the region faces due to infrastructural and political barriers.


With help from people like you, ANERA builds and upgrades clinics and hospitals, improving health care services for the poorest communities and people with disabilities. We also give technical guidance and cash grants, as well as medical supplies that support their work and ease their financial burdens.

Tel: 202-266-9729 (office)

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.anera.org