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Israel - Educational Volunteering in Jaffa

Jaffa is a very unique and diverse part of Israel, where Arabs, Christians, and Jews live together, and where you can find one of the oldest ports in the world next to the coolest bars in Tel Aviv. Join a team dedicated to providing a range of educational programs for children in Jaffa who do not have access to extra-curricular classes.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectJaffa, Israel
Project LengthMin 6 weeks - Max 10 weeks
Arrival AirportBen Gurion, Israel
Volunteer WorkTeaching and tutoring children
Number of Participants2 international volunteers
Age20 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationDormitory for up to 8 people
FoodBasic breakfast included at hostel
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr support
Orientation GoEco volunteer and travel orientation in Jerusalem
Health Insurance Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration

What's Not Included

Flights, lunch and dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to orientation in Jerusalem (budget around $18), local buses from hostel to project ($3 per day, 10 minutes), personal expenses.


Tel Aviv is the largest metropolitan area in Israel. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the city boasts a popular coastline, attracting tourists from all around the globe. Jaffa is part of the municipality of Tel Aviv; however, it suffers from poorer infra-structure and facilities. The project takes place in different schools in Jaffa.


About the Project

The team running this education program in Jaffa aims to address the community's problems by providing a few supplementary educational projects for children of all ages. This specific project offers extra-curricular English lessons.

Your role will be to use your natural ability in English in order to expose the students to this language. The focus of your work will be to continuously engage the children in English and use creative and enjoyable activity to practice the language. 

A good grasp of English can literally change the course of these children's lives.


Orientation in Jerusalem

The volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers and travelers and includes the following:

  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for travelling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market
  • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife
  • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)

The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, volunteers will travel to Tel Aviv with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

This project  operates each afternoon at a different primary school in Jaffa. Each volunteer works with one to three children. The children are 4th to 6th graders (ages 9 to 12) who were selected by their teachers and who may vary in level and cooperativeness.

Lessons will usually begin with an activity for the entire group. These activities are designed to introduce the new material to both children and volunteers, and to demonstrate some teaching techniques to those volunteers who need it. Afterwards, the class will divide up into groups and the rest of the session will be devoted to your individualized work with the children, using the teaching materials provided to you. During the sessions themselves, the project team will provide any assistance needed. 

The teachers meet briefly before and after each session to discuss the work and the children, to answer any questions and to give the project team the opportunity to further instruct the volunteers in teaching techniques and using the material. 
Volunteers will also be filling in short reports for each child, recording their impressions of the children's performance for each session. 

A typical day: You will work approximately 2 hours per day and 3 - 4 days per week teaching the children English.  There is also an opportunity to spend additional hours assisting with office admistration and material preparation.   


Living Arrangements

Accommodation: volunteers will stay at the Overstay TLV hostel in a shared mixed-sex dormitory for up to 8 people. Your room may be shared with other guests at the hostel who are not volunteering with GoEco. Rooms are very basic and will include bunk beds and bed linens (please bring your own towels). Shared bathrooms with hot water showers and flushing toilets are located on the same floor. The hostel is located right in between South Tel Aviv and Jaffa - a 5 minute walk from the infamous Jaffa flea market, the beach, and Tel Aviv's up and coming Florentin area. Bikes are available for rent at the hostel at a very affordable price to cruise through the city and see the sites. The schools are either within walking distance from the hostel or just a short bus ride away.

Hostel facilities include: 

  • 24/7 reception and help desk
  • Safety boxes and lockers (please bring your own locks)
  • Outdoor garden area with pool, sound system, movie projector
  • Summer roof top lounge with couches and outdoor bar overlooking the city

Please note that it is possible to upgrade to a single or double room at an extra fee after registration. 

Food: basic breakfast provided at hostel (toast with spreads, tea, and coffee), with a fully equipped kitchen available for use. 

Internet: free Wi-Fi in the hostel

Laundry: washing machines available at about US$7 per wash. 


Travel Highlights

Tel Aviv is an amazing city that is energetic for 24 hours a day. There is a variety of cultural events, nightlife, art museums, and shopping to explore. During the summer months the city becomes a melting pot for tourism, attracting people from all over the globe that come to enjoy the beach lifestyle and summer vibes.Some areas to visit are:

  • Yaffo
  • Old Tachana
  • Florentine
  • Dizingof Center
  • Hanamal (the port)
Israel itself has a fantastic selection of historic landmarks. Sleep in Bedouin tents, climb Mount Masada, float in the Dead Sea, hike through the Golan Heights, and many more! This country has an endless supply of dynamic landscapes and activities on offer. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Min age 20
  • Fluent in English
  • Academic background preferred
  • Experience teaching or tutoring preferred
  • Ability to adapt to new environments and cultures


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