Hands of Peace California

Every year Hands of Peace turns away deserving and impressive applicants who could and would become peace-promoting leaders if given this opportunity for growth. Our new Summer Program in San Diego has enabled us to give more teenagers—as well as hundreds of new volunteers and families—the opportunity to help build a grassroots and global movement for non-violence, reconciliation, and lasting peace.

San Diego Site Director, Sarah Heirendt, is responsible for overseeing the summer program and year-round projects that take place in the San Diego area. This includes community education and outreach, participant and volunteer recruitment, alumni engagement and event planning as well as coordination and execution of the many details that go into the summer program. Sarah served as our San Diego Assistant Program Director in 2016 as well as one of the leadership training facilitators. She received her BA from Vanguard University in Cultural Anthropology and her MS from George Mason University in Conflict Resolution.

Please contact Sarah Heirendt at sheirendt@handsofpeace.org if you live in the San Diego area and are interesting in becoming an HOP host family or volunteer!


HOP gave me the feeling that people really care. What I’ve learned is that when I talk I should not try to convince people, I should try to say what I feel, and I should try to understand.

Mohanad, Palestinian XL