Hands Up Project Training Courses

1) HUP certificate in Remote Theatre

This is a highly practical course aiming to provide teachers of English anywhere in the world with the skills, the experience and the knowledge to establish and run remote theatre clubs in their own schools.

Time: 7.00pm to 8.30 pm Palestine time on Thursday evenings (starts Thursday 25th February and ends on Thursday 1st April).

Hours: 9 contact hours plus roughly 5 hours preparation between sessions.

Course content: What is remote theatre? Exploring the theatrical potential of online platforms, Working with scripts, Performance skills through a webcam, Online storytelling skills, green screen storytelling, Getting physical/TPR online, On-line roleplay and improvisation activities, Devising remote theatre, final performances.

Cost: Free

Admission: Please email us (info@handsupproject.org) a maximum one minute video of yourself speaking, telling us why you would like to take part in the course and how your students will ultimately benefit. Places are limited to 20 teachers per course. (and ideally a maximum of 3 from each country)

2) HUP certificate in online intercultural communication

-For learners of English around the world (13-15 year olds)

Time: Every Thursday for 8 weeks, starts on Thursday 4th, March, 2021

 Girls: 15.00 – 16.00 Palestine time

Boys: 16.00 – 17.00 Palestine time

 Cost: (Free)

 Admission: Please email us (info@handsupproject.org) a maximum one minute video of yourself speaking, telling us why you would like to take part in the course. Places are limited to 16 students per course (and a maximum of 8 from Palestine)

Successful intercultural communication isn’t about using complex words, or having a detailed knowledge of the past perfect continuous tense! It’s the ultimate 21st century skill and it’s about using English to really connect to people from other countries and cultures, and to share your story with them.

In this 8 hour course, delivered by experienced HUP volunteer teachers, we’ll focus on developing your ability to use English spontaneously and fluently to make yourself understood internationally. Your spoken English will improve dramatically, you’ll make new friends around the world, and, on top of this, you’ll have a lot of fun.

3) Building Community through English

– a one week online training course for teaching online 

The Hands Up Project works online with disadvantaged young people to help them develop their English language skills. We work mainly with children between the ages of 9 and 15, from complete beginner to B2 level, in class sizes of anything between 6 and 60 students. There is always an experienced teacher (with a good level of English) in the room with the children, so the sessions are mainly about working collaboratively with the classroom teacher to provide opportunities for the kids to interact and put the English they are learning to use. We have developed a simple but effective methodology for working in this way, with a particular emphasis on storytelling and drama activities, as well as communication and vocabulary games. Sounds interesting and rewarding? Then this may be the course for you.

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Girls in Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza taking part in an online Hands up Project session

After successfully completing the the course, participants will be awarded a Hands Up Project certificate. This will qualify them to become registered Hands Up Project volunteers and provide them with the skills and knowledge to join our team, hopefully doing a weekly online session with children in either Palestine or Jordan.

The course consists of 7.5 online contact hours, spread over five days (5 times 1.5 hour sessions) There will also be some time needed between sessions for planning and preparation. It’s a highly practical course and participants will be involved in doing things from the outset.

Participants will need to have a reasonably fast internet connection and a laptop or tablet, with a built in or external webcam. They will also need to download the free version of zoom onto the laptop they will be using. This is available here.

Sample timetable

Day 1 –Zoom orientation session – the features of Zoom/ what is an appropriate methodology with this tool for this context?

Day 2 – Working and playing with images

Day 3 – Telling a story through Zoom

Day 4 – Dialogic teaching online – the online teacher as supportive audience

Day 5 – Word games and vocabulary revision exercises

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HUP volunteers Rosalia Leone and Nick Bilbrough working with boys in Zaatari refugee camp

4) Course schedule summer 2021 (all times are in UK time)

  1. Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August (10.00 am to 11.30 am each day)
  2. Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August (4.00 pm to 5.30 pm each day)

Course price: £95

5) Shorter courses: Friday Short Training Course

Course price: £40

Course Trainer: Sara Wood

This course takes place for two consecutive Fridays from 11.00 to 12.30 UK time.

Places are limited to 10 participants on each course. Please contact us at info@handsupproject.org to check availability on your preferred dates and timings, and to reserve a place.


  1. Friday 19th, February, 2021 and Friday 26th, February, 2021
  2. Friday 5th, March, 2021 and Friday 12th, March , 2021
  3. Friday 19th, March, 2021 and Friday 26th, March, 2021