About the Volunteer Work
The state of Oaxaca suffers from a negative reciprocal relationship between poverty and frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. The disasters hamper economic progress; simultaneously, poverty prevents residents from anticipating, surviving, and recovering from the impact of emergencies.
Project TEN will work with Cadena: Mexico's Committee for Natural Disasters and Emergencies, to educate and assist the local population on several fronts:
Unique to the Oaxaca Center, Project TEN will offer an onsite (at our own center) "kitchen class" to local children who do not regularly attend school; the children will be invited to share a meal with the volunteers, who will then teach the children English and math.
"תן", pronounced "Ten," is the Hebrew word for "Give."
It is also the name of a Jewish Agency initiative that is revolutionizing the Jewish meaning of giving.
The Jewish Agency's Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam harnesses the energies and passion of Jewish young adults from Israel and around the world, who spend three months working and learning together in onsite service projects in vulnerable communities throughout the world and in Israel.
By highlighting the Jewish values that speak directly to sustainable development, social justice, and leadership, Project TEN serves as a unique immersive service-learning framework for volunteers wishing to engage in sustainable development as they themselves develop – forming an extensive Jewish identity-building experience. Volunteers in each of our development centers are carefully chosen from all over the world, connecting the global Jewish family to one another and to Israel. Read more
The Project TEN center in Oaxaca will be located on a coffee or cocoa farm; more details to be announced soon!
Born in Jerusalem, Asaf, 34, studied Cinema and Education at Sapir College and produced his own experimental movie entitled "You Are Here.” He worked as an assistant cinematographer on dozens of movies, and filmed several documentaries.
To encourage his film staff, Asaf studied Group Guidance and Facilitation at Midreshet Kolot B'Negev, and guided many groups of university students and prisoners. He also worked at youth centers in southern Israel (in Sderot, Netivot, Kiryat-Gat, Arad, and Dimona) guiding special soldiers' pre-discharge workshops, and workshops for local young communities.
Through his work in guidance and facilitation, he also became involved in Education, first as an extra-curricular activities teacher and later as an Open Education teacher for three years, in the northern Negev and at the Shita School in Rechovot.
Asaf is also a Children and Youth Personal Coach and holds a B.Ed. and teaching certificate from The David Yellin Academic College of Education in Experimental Open Education (EOD).
Asaf sees himself as a “people and Torah person,” who is, in the words of Ethics of the Fathers, “happy with his portion.”
"I wear many hats, and the best ones stay on long-term,” he says. “I’m an everlasting student, galactic child, cosmic guide, surfer, dancer, and romantic. A fighter with the light, teacher, dreamer, and none of the above. I'm me. I love to love and be loved."
The Jewish Agency is currently accepting applications for those who wish to join our staff in the new Project TEN center in Oaxaca, Mexico. Available positions include Educational Director, and Project Coordinator. If you are interested in working for Project TEN, send your resume to email@example.com before February 15.
The first Project TEN experiences in Oaxaca, Mexico will take place on the following dates:
(Dates are liable to change; contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for updates.)
The cost for the three-month Project TEN program, including volunteer, social, and learning activities; transportation between the center and your volunteer placement; and subsidized food and lodging, is between $10-15 per day.
The cost does not include your airfare to the target country, health insurance, visa fees, or vaccinations.
Upon acceptance to the program you will be given instructions to reserve your place with a $300 registration payment through this website. The balance will be paid in two equal payments.
In the event that, after paying the registration fee, you must withdraw from the program, you will be refunded $200.
For information about the Pay It Forward Fund, which might subsidize up to 50 percent of your costs -- with your pledge to pay back the scholarship in the next few years to provide aid to future volunteers -- please go to our cost section.
Climate: General climate averages in Oaxaca state (source: http://www.oaxaca-travel.com):
Keep in mind that climate is different at different altitudes, and Oaxaca has many mountainous regions. The areas in Oaxaca State that are closer to the Pacific are hotter and drier than areas that are located inland. Oaxaca City's climate is quite moderate.
Time Zone: UTC/GMC -6. DST starts in April and ends in October.
International country code: + 52 (Mexico)
Area code: 951
Currency: Mexican Peso.
100 Pesos = Roughly 7.83 American Dollars / 29.5 Israeli Shekels (updated to 17/12/2012)
Electricity supply: Power output in Oaxaca is of 110 volts and 60 cycles AC (slightly higher than the AC current in the US). The outlets are the same as the US 2-prong ones. Grounded 3-prong outlets exist but they are not common. We recommend you bring a multi-outlet plug adaptor.
Oaxaca City (Full name Oaxaca de Juárez, pronounced Oh-ah-kha-kah de Khu-ah-rez) is the capital of the state of Oaxaca – a state within Mexico that comprises almost 5 percent of the entire country's territory and is home to over 3 million inhabitants. The state is located in the south-west portion of Mexico and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the south. Oaxaca City, located about 300 miles (480 km.) south of Mexico City at a very high altitude, has about 250,000 inhabitants. The language spoken in Mexico is Spanish, with different dialects for every region.
Roman Catholics comprise 89 percent of the total population in Mexico. The Jewish population is estimated at 40,000-50 (about 0.04% of the total population, the exact numbers are not known), of which 90 percent reside in the Mexico City area. There is no Jewish community in Oaxaca.
The economy of the state of Oaxaca is largely dependent upon tourism. Visitors to the city of Oaxaca and the coastal communities of Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, and Puerto Angel are the most important source of income. The second-largest economic producer in the state is coffee. All over Mexico the government strongly supports the development of coffee agriculture; as of 2011, Mexico is the 9th biggest coffee producer in the world.
Another source of income, also related to tourism, is indigenous artwork. Oaxaca has a very rich cultural heritage and indigenous art takes a prominent role in the cultural life of the state. Art products and merchandise provide income for many inhabitants in the more visited regions.
Oaxaca is one of the most underprivileged regions in Mexico. Agriculture (except for coffee agriculture) is underdeveloped and unsuccessful due to the low quality of the soil and the high vulnerability of the region to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Underutilization of natural resources and a lack of educational infrastructure in the rural areas of the State of Oaxaca cause substantial migration from these regions to big cities, and different states and countries, to look for work and education. Many people migrate temporarily to Oaxaca City to work there, then send funds to their families in their native town or village.
During your three months with Project TEN you will be working very hard at your volunteer service, Jewish learning, and other responsibilities. However, we know that you might be interested in touring the region. If you want to arrive in Oaxaca early, or stay after Project TEN, and visit the sites on your own time, you are welcome to do so.
Hello – hola (oh-lah)
Goodbye – adios (ah-di-os)
Please – por favor (por fah-vor)
Thank you – gracias (grah-see-ahs)
You're welcome – de nada (de nah-dah)
Good morning – buenos dias (boo-eh-nos dee-ahs)
Good afternoon – buenos tardes (boo-eh-nos tar-des)
My name is.. – mi nombre es... (mee nom-bre ehs)
I don't know – no sé (no seh)
I'm hungry – tengo hambre (ten-goh ahm-breh)
I'm thirsty – tengo sed (ten-goh sehd)
I need – necesito (neh-seh-see-toh)
Right now – ahora mismo (ah-oh-rah mees-moh)
Just a minute – un momento (oon moh-men-toh)
It's cheap – es barato (ehs bah-rah-toh)
It's expensive – as caro (ahs kah-roh)
It's cold (weather) – hace frio (hah-seh free-oh)
It's hot (weather) – hace calor (hah-seh kah-lor)
A little – un poco (oon po-koh)
A lot – mucho (moo-cho)
Some – unos (male) / unas (female) (oo-nos / oo-nahs)
Tomorrow – mañana (ma-nee-ah-nah)
Morning - la mañana (lah ma-nee-ah-nah)
Afternoon - la tarde (lah tar-deh)
Evening – la noche (lah noh-cheh)
Next week - la semana próxima (lah seh-mah-nah proh-ksee-mah)
Breakfast – desayuno (deh-sah-yoo-noh)
Lunch - almuerzo / comida (ahl-moo-ehr-soh /k-mee-dah)
Dinner – cena (seh-nah)
Bathroom - el baño (ehl bah-nee-oh)
How are you? – ¿cómo está? (koh-moh ehs-tah)
What is your name – ¿como se llama? (koh-moh yah-mah)
Where is/are..? - ¿donde está/están..? (don-deh ehs-tah/ehs-tahn)
When (what day/date)? - ¿cuando? (koo-ahn-doh)
When (what time)? - ¿ A cuál hora? (ah koo-ahl oh-rah)
Who? - ¿quién? (kee-ehn)
Why? - ¿por qué? (pohr keh)
What? - ¿qué? (keh)
How much does it cost? - ¿cuánto cuesta? or simply ¿cuánto? (koo-ahn-toh koo-ehs-tah)
Can you help me? - ¿Puede ayudarme? (poo-eh-deh ah-hoo-dahr-meh)
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