Israel - Multicultural Eco Summer Camp
Volunteer at an exciting multi-cultural summer camp for Druze, Christian, and Muslim youth in northern Israel. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the region's unique cultures and make new friends from around the world.
|Location of Project||Mughar, Northern Israel|
|Project Length||16 days|
|Arrival Airport||Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion|
|Volunteer Work||Camp Counselor, teaching English|
|Number of Participants||10 International volunteers|
|Age||20 - 40|
|Project dates||10 - 25 July, 2014|
|Accommodation||Local family homestay|
|Food||3 meals a day (except during orientation)|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Orientation||GoEco volunteer and travel orientation in Jerusalem|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Health Insurance||Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel|
What's Not Included
Situated in northern Israel, Maghar is a unique multicultural village, overlooking the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Maghar is historic, originally named "Zar" during the Roman Period. The many olive and grape presses testify to a long history of agriculture in the area, in addition to the numerous hillside caves which show signs of ancient habitation. Today, the town has a diverse religious and ethnic makeup of Druze, Christians, and Muslims.
About the Project
Established in 1969, the Israel Association of Community Centers' (IACC) mission is to advance the quality of life in Israel's most diverse communities by tailoring programs to the unique needs of each community. Some projects include innovative early childhood enrichment programs that encourage embracing each other's differences, while others focus on coexistence between Jews and Arabs. The IACC offers the services of professional training, planning, development, and fundraising for special projects to meet the needs of its network that includes over 160 community centers (40 in the non-Jewish sector) throughout Israel.
GoEco volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside the IACC in the diverse town of Mughar and to assist with its annual summer camp for Druze, Christian, and Muslim children. The themes of the camp are the principles of coexistence, arts, sports, and ecology, all taught in English.
The National Israeli Service for Adult Volunteering (SHALEM) will assist with organizing and facilitating the program.
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 way to meet fellow volunteers and travelers, and includes the following:
- Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
- Expert advice for travelling around 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 are available at an extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 10th. The next morning, volunteers will travel to their volunteer project via public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.
During the first 2 days in Mughar, volunteers will settle in with their host families and prepare for the summer camp.
Volunteers will depart the camp on Friday morning, July 25th.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
During the project, volunteers will assist the Mughar Community Center in running a unique and diverse summer care program for children. This will include:
- Organizing various activities for the campers
- Setting up and conducting workshops on ecology, sports, music, and arts
- Rotating between the workshops to teach English
- Escorting day trips (e.g. swimming pool, nature hikes, theme park, etc.)
Volunteer hours during the camp day will be 08:30 - 14:00. Between 14:00 - 16:00 volunteers will prepare activities for the next day.
Important note: schedule and activities may change according to demand and unforeseeable events.
Accommodations: volunteers will have the unique opportunity to live with a local family during the program. During this time, volunteers will learn more about local customs and cuisine. Home stay includes single or shared room with bed, linens, and shared bathroom.
Food: volunteers will eat breakfast and dinner at the homestay, and lunch will be given at the Community Center.
Laundry: available but limited
Internet: available at local internet cafes
Volunteers will join day trips to the beautiful Sea of Galilee and other local attractions. During the evenings, volunteers can socialize and use the local gym. The community center and host families will try and organize unique events, such as cooking classes and lectures.
- Minimum age 20, maximum age 40
- High level of English (very important)
- Excellent state of health
- No alcohol during stay at village
- Clothes that cover shoulders and knees
- Motivation to work with children
- Open mind and willingness to experience new cultures
- Police Clearance Form
C.V. / Resume
This program is a unique cultural experience and volunteers need to respect local customs that are very different from what is common back home, for example:
- It is forbidden for volunteers to drink alcohol while staying at the village
- Volunteers are expected to inform their host families where they are going after volunteer hours and not return late at night.
- Volunteers need to be highly motivated to work and practice English with children and host families, even though it may be difficult to communicate.
- Other cultural points will be given during the orientation and camp.
Here's an excerpt of Bexsyra's experience:
Here's an excerpt of Anca's experience:
Here's an excerpt of Sylvie's experience:
Head over to our GoEco Blog to read her full post and other experiences from participants in the summer camp!