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Israel - Guiding People with Special Needs

Become a mentor, companion and friend to people of all ages with special needs! Dedicate your time in the White City at a variety of rehabilitative and daycare centers to support this organization in their mission of helping all individuals reach their fullest potential.



$650

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectTel Aviv, Israel
Project LengthMin 1 week - Max 10 weeks
Arrival AirportBen Gurion International Airport
Number of ParticipantsUp to 20 international volunteers
Age18 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationShared dorm room in a hostel
FoodBreakfast only
Orientation KitGoEco volunteer and travel orientation in Jerusalem
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration

What's Not Included

Flights, lunch and dinner, airport transfer to Jerusalem orientation, transportation from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, daily transportation to project site, personal expenses, visa (if required)
 

Location

Tel Aviv sits directly along the Mediterranean coast of central-west Israel, offering miles of beach, plentiful beachfront venues, and a multitude of water activities, from surfing, to sailing to stand up paddle boarding. As a bustling metropolis with a vibrant nightlife, Tel Aviv truly lives up to its name as “the city that never sleeps.” Between its collection of Bauhaus buildings, high-tech start-ups, and open-air markets, known as shuks, Tel Aviv is one of the true gems of Israel.  
 
 

About the Project 

This project collaborates with a non-profit organization established in 1991 whose mission it is to promote and integrate people with special needs into their local communities. For over 20 years, this organization has been working to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs of all ages, regardless of religion, race or nationality, by providing them with high quality support and rehabilitation services. 
 
This organization operates on the belief that every individual has the right to develop to his/her greatest potential and applies a combined physical, social, psychological and paramedical approach to do so. Serving newborns to seniors with a range of intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, this organization stands by its vision that individuals with special needs have the right and ability to live a life of dignity and independence while being active participants in the community. 
 

Orientation in Jerusalem

Your 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 / travelers and includes the following:

  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling 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 10:30 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your project with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and your project will be provided upon registration.

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

Rehabilitative Daycare for Children with Developmental Delays – Jaffa: This daycare center serves over 45 infants and toddlers with developmental delays, providing them with individualized treatment and rehabilitation services and support for their family members.

Duration: Minimum 1 week
Age of clients: 6 months – 3 years old 
Volunteer times: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm; Friday 7:30 am -1:00 pm
Tasks:
  • Play and entertain children
  • Assist staff in any capacity
Sheltered Workshops – Tel Aviv: These workshops provide adults with special needs with training and employment according to each individual’s abilities and needs. The ultimate goal is to prepare the clients for employment and integration in the community. 
Duration: Minimum 1 week
Age of clients: 21+
Volunteer times: Sunday - Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tasks: 
  • Assist clients with their work, including packaging jewelry, educational materials for kindergartens, etc. 
Leisure Program / Social Clubs – Tel Aviv: This program is adapted to the needs of adults with special needs and provides leisure and enrichment activities, such as movies, plays, cooking classes, holiday celebrations and more. 
Duration: Minimum 1 week
Age of clients: 45-50 years old
Volunteer times: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tasks: 
  • Assist staff in any capacity
  • Participate with clients during various activities, such as cooking and arts-and-crafts
Adult Rehabilitation and Nursing Daycare Centers – Tel Aviv: Rehabilitation and nursing services cater to individuals with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, many with chronic diseases and genetic syndromes requiring regular nursing care. Many clients use wheelchairs, have acute speech and language disabilities and rely on augmentative and alternative communication assistive technology and aids. 
Duration: Minimum 4 Weeks
Age of clients: 21+
Volunteer times: Sunday - Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tasks:
  • Assist clients in the garden
  • Assist clients in use of assistive technology
  • Accompany clients on outings to the grocery store, on a bike ride, etc.
  • Assist staff in any capacity
Afterschool Program – Tel Aviv: This program is intended for children with varying levels of intellectual and development disabilities, many with additional problems such as physical disabilities, autism, behavior challenges, chronic illnesses, etc. The program is designed as a complementary framework to the regular school hours and provides recreational and social activities, as well as therapies in the afternoon. 
Duration: Minimum 1 week
Age of clients: 6-21
Volunteer times: During the school year 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm; During holidays and summer vacation 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tasks:
  • Play and entertain children
  • Assist staff in any capacity
  • Engage with children during arts-and-crafts, soccer, baseball, baking, music, drama, etc.
A typical day: After breakfast at your hostel, you'll either have free time to explore Tel Aviv, go to the beach, relax or start at your morning project (depending on which project you choose). After a break for lunch, you'll resume volunteering at your project, before preparing dinner at the hostel or enjoying one of the many restaurants in the surrounding area. For most projects, you'll have Fridays and Saturdays off to spend as you wish. 

 

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: You will stay at a hostel in a same-sex dorm room with 5 other people and a shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens, air conditioning, cable TV, a closet  and a locker to store your belongings. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach.  

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other accommodation options.  

Food: A  traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby. 

Laundry: Laundromats are within walking distance of hostel. 

Internet: Free WIFI is available at the hostel.

 

Volunteer Add-ons

Tel Aviv Animal Shelter: Looking for a way to make the most out of your volunteer experience? Spend your mornings or afternoons volunteering at the Tel Aviv Animal Shelter, walking dogs and playing with cats. Let us know upon registration if you'd like to contribute to an additional good cause!

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Basic English
  • Police Clearance Form

Here's an excerpt of Ullamaija's experience:

 

"I’ll always remember Miriam, a severely disabled pupil, whom I was primarily supposed to be with! During my last visit in the school, when Miriam’s father came to take her home, Miriam took my hand and waved goodbye. Usually she just left without any gesture."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!
 

 

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