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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 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 area. 
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Location of the Project:  Tel Aviv, Israel
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Project length:  Min 1 week- Max 3 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
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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:  Breakfast included at hostel
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Insurance:  Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
Orientation:  Upon arrival, you will receive an orientation in Jerusalem complete with a walking tour of the Old City and its historic sites, shopping in the open market, and indispensable advice about the local culture and customs.
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, lunch and dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), round trip airport transfer (approx $20), transportation from orientation in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (approx $5), daily transportation to project ($3/day, 20-30 min), personal expenses, visa (if applicable).
Tel Aviv-Jaffa 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.
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
  • One-night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 12:00 PM 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.

As a volunteer at this project, you will be able to directly impact the lives of many families, enabling 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 upon 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 6 hours per day, 5 days per week. Fridays and Saturdays are free.

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

Holidays: Please note that the months of September and October have several holidays that may affect your trip. 
Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi in the hostel
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry facilities available for a small fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay at a hostel in a mixed-gender dorm room with up to 9 other people and a shared bathroom. The room is basic but comfortable and has bed linens, towels, air conditioning and a closet. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, a short walk 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 in the hostel dining room and consists of breads, olives, vegetables, labaneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There is a self-catering kitchen available for your use and 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. 
 
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