As a volunteer you will spend time living in a refugee camp in the West Bank, or a children's home near Jerusalem helping the most vulnerable children in the country. The programmes are for five weeks during July and August.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this for me?
Volunteers should be native English speakers, living in the UK and must be at least 20 on January 1st in the year in which they volunteer. There is no upper age limit but it is very demanding work in a hot climate, so you need to be fit.
What will I do?
Teach English to young children with an emphasis on art, craft, music, drama and sports. More formal classes with adults also take place. We are currently only working with communities in the West Bank.
Is it dangerous?
The Middle East is an area where there is always the possibility of conflict. Through training we attempt to minimise the risk to you but expect our volunteers to behave in a responsible manner.
What happens when?
For an application form and information NOTES please email firstname.lastname@example.org in November. Interviews are held in London during March (date to follow) and there is a training day in early June. The programme will run from 9th July to 8th August (provisionally).
Do I need to be a qualified teacher?
No, but a TEFL is an advantage and you should have experience of teaching or working with children.
How much will it cost?
All day to day costs when in the region are covered by Unipal (food, insurance, accommodation etc). Volunteers will need to purchase their own flight ticket to Tel Aviv. You will need to budget for travel to interview and training as well as travel to the airport if selected.
Will I be on my own?
No, volunteers live in small single-sex teams of 4 or 5 with an experienced coordinator.
What are the living conditions?
Fairly basic within the refugee camps, often with power and water shortages. You must not expect home comforts or privacy.
What personal qualities are important?
Sensitivity, tolerance, adaptability, readiness to learn, political awareness and tenacity. You must be a good team person.
How do I apply?
For an application form please email email@example.com. No CVs.
Michael, Fawwar - 2017
"The enthusiasm of the kids in Fawwar was absolutely second to none and I found that they were always full of energy and life in my classroom... This is particularly important when you see what they are up against and the issues that face them and their families day to day in the camp."