Beyond Skin partners in Palestine & Israel

Beyond Skin are working in partnership with organisations, individuals and a school in the region. In 2016 supported by WOMAD Foundation and Arts Council Northern Ireland a partnership began with members of HeartBeat - an organisation uniting Palestinian and Israeli youth through music.  Management and teachers that are or have been involved with Heartbeat have been actively working with Beyond Skin up to the present time. In 2020 we began a partnership with Givat Haviva International School (GHIS), where a quarter of the students are Israeli Jews, another quarter Israeli Arabs, and the remaining half international students from more than 20 different countries. Also as members of United Network of Young Peacebuilders we have been complimenting peacebuilding in the region.

Givat Haviva International School (GHIS)

UPDATE: GHIS are seeking Students from Northern Ireland (17/18yrs) to apply for a International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) - a two-year educational programme in residence at GHIS. GHIS have GHIS virtual open day via ZOOM -  Sunday, March 21st, 2021 at 6:00 PM Israel Time (GMT+2):

✅ Meet the faculty
✅ Meet the students
✅ Watch a virtual tour of the campus
✅ Q&A and much more
Register at >>

GHIS is a young school which opened in 2018 and just had our first graduation. We are a 2-year boarding school in Israel. Students graduate with the prestigious IB Diploma - which is highly recognized at the top ivy league universities around the world. The mission is to build a network of young leaders that will work together towards a more peaceful and just future. Half of our student body are local (50% Jews and 50% Arabs), and the rest are from all around the world, many from conflict zones. GHIS curriculum and extra curricular activities focus on leadership, conflict resolution and  democracy.

Giving opportunities for students coming from conflict regions, together with students from more stable regions, builds a unique community and provides them with experiences and tools for life.

 We are looking for students who:

Have leadership abilities which we will help them develop (we want them to be responsible for making future change in society); social activists
Have strong academic capabilities. Even if they have not had access to top education, they must be able to cope with a rigorous academic program
Would like to be part of a very active and busy community (sharing rooms, participating in committees).


Heartbeat is a global community of musicians who unite to break down barriers, build empathy, and promote equality. 

Heartbeat enables music-driven, youth dialogue programs that build bridges and critical awareness between communities otherwise divided by conflict, racism and injustice. Using music education as a medium for transferable learning, youth ensemble members build critical awareness, respect, and trust while harnessing their creativity to imagine possibilities, ask questions, and publicly address systemic problems and injustices.

Since 2017 four Music Teachers / Producers from Heartbeat have visited Northern Ireland many times each year to assist facilitate projects -Luna Abu Nassar, Gani Tamir, Ami Yares and Mark Smulian. All four are professional musicians with solo careers. Ami Yares in now the Director of BuildaBridge Philadelphia and Mark Smulian has been developing mental health programmes with the MindHarp application technology he invented.

Below are photos & videos related to Northern Ireland visits and projects.

Heartbeat Founder & Director Aaron Shneyer & Beyond Skin Founder & CEO Darren Ferguson