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Want to volunteer with Project TEN? Here's what you need to know…

Each candidate will be required to fill out an application, and complete a screening process that includes private interviews, workshops, and analyzing texts, among other things. Please note that this process may take 2-8 weeks, and you should plan to apply at least two months before the departure dates below. We will try to help speed up the screening process in urgent cases only.

dates of the program

(Dates are liable to change; contact our staff at ten@jafi.org for updates.)

The starting date is the one on which you need to reach your target country. We will pick you up at the airport with a "Project TEN" sign. At the program, should you wish to continue your volunteering at your current center or at a new TEN center, you must relay your wishes to the center director in advance so you can discuss your options together.

  • Gondar, Ethipia:
    • November 11, 2013 – February 2, 2014
    • January 29, 2014 – April 3, 2014
    • April 23, 2014 – July 22, 2014

  • Hyderabad, India:
    • November 5, 2013 - January 31, 2014
    • February 7, 2014 – May 7, 2014
    • May 15, 2014 – August 13, 2014

  • Kiryat Shmona, Israel:
    • October 29, 2013 - March 2, 2014
    • March 10, 2014 – July 10, 2014
    • Summer track: July 15, 2014 – August 14, 2014
    • August 25, 2014 – January 20, 2015

  • Oaxaca, Mexico:
    • December 9, 2013 - March 4, 2014
    • March 10, 2014 – June 5, 2014
    • June 10, 2014 – September 5, 2014

volunteer at the center

Project TEN is based on the principle of sustainable development, which means "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Bruntland Report, United Nations). As volunteers working to develop resources for future generations, we expect you to adopt the ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ approach to resource use, whether those resources are yours or belong to the program. You will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of your own rooms and work areas. Employees will take care of cleaning common areas and preparing meals during the week. Basic laundry services are available, and you can wash your own clothes or send laundry out for a small fee.

The highly professional center staffs are made up of at least 4 people, and include a Center Director who is responsible for running the center and your wellbeing, an Educational Director who is responsible for the learning program and activities, a Volunteer Director or Project Coordinators that run the various volunteering projects together with local non-profits, and local staff.

your meals

Your volunteer center will provide at least three meals a day. When necessary, the volunteers will receive boxed lunches to take with them when working or touring outside the center. The food will be kosher-style and vegetarian (click here if you keep strictly kosher).

The water at all centers is safe to drink, and bottled water is available for purchase in town, although we ask you to minimize that for environmental reasons, and to reuse bottles.

learning program and social activities

Most of your time with Project TEN will be spent volunteering, but you will meet between 3-4 times weekly for group studies and reflection. The study program has been designed by the best people in the field of Jewish Service Learning, and will center on personal identity, social involvement and Tikkun Olam, connection to the Jewish People and to Israel. The educational director will operate these sessions with you, and we hope that when you go back home, you will be energized with motivation and a will to contribute in your own communities. We would like to see you continue to "do good", and hope that your time with us will expand your horizons and provide you with tools for this purpose.

In such a program, that brings together young adults from all over the world, it is important to us to have a unified group. In the global village of today, our common ground is growing and widening at an enormous pace, and we will build upon that in our social program. Part of the activities will be planned by the staff and others will be planned by the volunteers themselves, as social leaders and innovators. Site visits and trips around the nearby region will take place during the volunteer period, according to the season and weather conditions, and we will organize several trips during your stay for all of the participants and staff, with an emphasis on nature, challenge and beauty. The trips will be developed together with the participants, including several weekends for Shabbat "together time".

Project TEN centers encourage pluralistic and engaged Jewish life, and their members will respect each other's diversity of lifestyles, beliefs, and backgrounds. Each group will decide together the ways in which they would like to celebrate Shabbat and holidays, in a manner that enriches each member of the group individually and the group as a whole.

The volunteers will be allowed to establish various committees as part of their volunteering track – both in working with the local community and in operating the center and its social activities. You will have a say in the establishment of one committee as opposed to another. These committees will develop various projects that should be based on the principle of sustainable development, and developed in such a way that they can be continued by the next group of volunteers. 

Languages

The official language for Project TEN – both at the center and in working with local volunteer projects is English. You will be offered lessons in the local language in a non-English speaking country.

costs

Program Costs: The program is highly subsidized by generous supporters who believe in the program – and in you. The cost that you need to cover for the three-month tracks is only US$900 (an average of $10 per day). What is covered by that and additional costs are as follows:

Covered in the Program Fee

  • Accommodation
  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Safe drinking water at the center
  • Wi-Fi at the center
  • Travel to and from your volunteer placement
  • Trips and programs in the nearby region
  • Staff guidance, teaching, support, of the program itself

Not covered in the Program Fee

  • Your flights (international and/or local) to and from the center
  • Visa
  • Health Insurance and vaccinations
  • Personal out of pocket expenses for leisure activities, travel, gifts, etc.

Down-payment: To secure your place on the program, you need make a down payment of US$300. Payment can be made directly to the bank account of ‘Daroma-Idan Hanegev’, through which the program is operated:

Bank:       Bank Leumi
Branch number:   912|
Branch name:   Rehavia
Account number:  266200/87
Account name:   Daroma-Idan Hanegev
IBN Number:    IL33 0109 1200 0002 662087
BIC/SWIFT code:   LUMIILIT JLM

Please send a copy of the receipt to Hagar Yaacobi at hagary@jafi.org or by fax to +972-2-6204269.

In the event of having paid the full registration fee, without participating for various reasons in the program, you will be refunded US$200.

Flights

The flights to your target country are your responsibility; please let us know your flight schedule at least a week before, so we can plan the pick-up schedule. In some cases, such as countries in which the airport is far from the TEN center, you might spend the first night in the city closest to the airport; details will be given to you as necessary.

Each TEN cohort has its own Facebook group, and you are welcome to consult with us or with your group mates regarding flights.


Health Insurance
Project TEN will not provide medical coverage of any kind, and the volunteers are responsible for acquiring a full medical and health insurance policy. We recommend including medical evacuation in this policy, and costs shouldn't exceed US$2 per day. The program will require each volunteer to send a copy of his or her insurance policy for its records, and to sign a waiver that releases Project TEN of responsibility for any medical or health-related situations that may occur.

Vaccinations

Check with the nearest consulate or embassy for your target country to find out what health requirements and restrictions are in place for volunteers. It is likely that you will be required to present documentation for some or all of the following vaccinations: hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, meningitis, polio, measles, typhoid, tetanus, and tuberculosis.

You might experience intestinal discomfort or painful digestion in the first couple of weeks of your stay. TEN staff will be on hand to provide comfort and help. All TEN centers are within an hour's drive from a local hospital, and each center has a list of doctors that can be contacted, and you can be accompanied to a medical clinic if you wish.

Important! Common pharmacy items are usually available in the larger cities, and you do not need to stock up on them. However, if you take medication which is critical or unusual, it is advisable to bring it in its original package (and a copy of the prescription). It can save you from unpleasant situations at the airport, and ensure you can get replacement medicine where brand names may be different, by allowing the pharmacist to see the ingredients. You are required to notify us in advance of any health situation (physical or otherwise) for which you take medication or may impair your ability to volunteer and study with us.

Visa
The volunteers are responsible for obtaining the proper visas for the relevant target country. Project TEN can provide each volunteer with a formal letter that states that he or she has been accepted by Project TEN or a local partner organization. The details of whether to apply for a work, tourist or entry visa will be provided to you, as they vary by country.

Security

All our centers have been approved for operation by The Jewish Agency Chief Security Officer after extensive research and preparation.

Most TEN center are situated in a closed compound, with a guard on duty 24/7. While under the auspices of our program, you may not leave the center alone, nor go out after dark unless as part of an authorized activity or trip.

Please see our code of conduct in English and Hebrew.

Security policies at the other centers will be provided before the commencement of those programs.

Security tips for tourists in any country:

  • Try to travel in a group and avoid walking on the streets alone at night. Avoid dark/enclosed areas.
  • At night, use taxis rather than buses, and call for a taxi company rather than pick up a cab randomly on the street.
  • Do not walk around wearing expensive-looking items.
  • Carry around only enough cash for your expected purchases, and a credit card only if you expect to use it. Do not keep all of your money in one pocket. Distribute it in different pockets.
  • Make a copy of the biographical page of your passport and carry this with you.
  • Take extra care when taking out money from an ATM. Beware of suspicious characters lurking nearby. It is best to use the machines located inside banks, buildings, and shopping centers.
  • Keep digital cameras in your pocket or in nondescript paper or plastic bags, and don't leave belongings unattended.

Internet and telephone

You can be assisted to purchase a local SIM card at a low cost, and charge it with calls as a Pre-Paid telephone. You can use your own phone for this purpose. The cost of calls is not expensive, and a small sum should tide you over during your stay in our centers. It may be that the center in Mexico will have little to no cellular coverage at times, which is out of our control.

We will provide free Internet at our center, and you will be able to access email accounts and Skype your friends and family with this connection. Note that power cuts do render this impossible for several hours most days, and that Internet connections are not as fast as you may be used to. Data plans and SMS packages are usually available.

What to pack

TEN centers provide one set of bed linens and usually one towel. Insect and mosquito repellent are usually recommended for all centers, mainly those outside of Israel, as well as a good pair of walking shoes and a hat and/or sunblock. You may be able to buy toiletries locally (such as soap, shampoo, etc.), but if you do bring them with you, please choose ecologically friendly brands. It is not customary among most of the local communities to wear revealing or tight-fitting clothes, and we ask you to respect this custom.

Specific suggestions of what to pack will be provided to you based on your choice of center and the time of year.