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There are many families and individuals suffering from food insecurities or the inability to afford to buy all of the food they need. This can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life and lead to depression, impede learning opportunities and the pursuit of gainful employment.  In cooperation with the Tel Aviv Department of Welfare and Social Services, the food distribution center supplies bi-monthly food parcels to about 350 needy families in order to try to combat the negative side effects of food insecurity.  The packages contain basic food products including sugar, flour, oil, pasta, canned vegetables and more.  The center, which has been operating for 25 years, relies on volunteers to help prepare and deliver the parcels to families in the city. 

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Location of the Project:  Tel Aviv, Israel
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Project length:  Minimum 1 week- Maximum 3 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Volunteer Work:  Food preparation and packaging
Age:  18-60
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 2 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared dorm room in a hostel
Food:  Basic breakfast included at hostel
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Insurance:  Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr support

What's not Included

Flights, lunch and dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to Jerusalem (budget around $15), transportation from orientation in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (around US$5), personal expenses

Tel Aviv-Yaffo 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. The project center is located in South Tel Aviv. The area is known for its low socio-economic status and holds onto its historic architecture and style. It is also the center of the refugee community.

As a volunteer at this project, you will be able to directly impact the lives of many families and allow them to feed themselves and their families.  The food items are purchased by the center, donated by various manufacturers, or gathered during community food drives. Your job will be to sort the food and create the packages that will be delivered, paying close attention to those families that have special diets or need specific supplies such as baby formula.  While this task is simple in nature, the effect that it has for the families that receive packages is enormous.  

Finally, the actual distribution of food is done by volunteers, soldiers, and/or corporations who join this cause or assist with transportation. The food is distributed directly to homes and families in order to be sensitive to the families' privacy.

A typical day: You will spend the day sorting, organizing and packing food into boxes although it is important to be flexible in case the program director needs your assistance in a different way.   
You will work from Sunday to Thursday for about 6 hours per day. 

Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi in the hostel
Accommodations
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 (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV and a closet. 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 options.
Food:  A traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, cheese, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Min age 18, max age 60
  • High level of independence
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Strong and physically fit

Israel has a fantastic selection of historic and religious landmarks. It is easy to travel to other areas of the country for the day or a weekend including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, Masada, the Dead Sea and Eilat.  Nature lovers can hike the Jesus Trail and visit the Nimrod Fortress, travel to the Negev Desert to see shooting stars, enjoy the plant diversity of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa and view archeological ruins in Caesarea or the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra. 

Orientation in Jerusalem (Included):
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 and 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 Tel Aviv with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.

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