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 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?
Application forms for 2018 will be available from mid-November 2017. Interviews will be held in London on 24th March (tbc). A training day will be held on April 28th (tbc). The programme will run from mid-July to mid-August. (Dates to be confirmed soon).
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.
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?
Details of how to apply for the summer 2018 programme will be available in November 2017.
Jesse Munton, south Lebanon – 2005
The school trip was definitely the most fun day of the whole teaching project. It was so fantastic to mess around with our kids out of the classroom, dance dabke, go swimming, and eat huge amounts of amazing food. A near drowning of one of the girls couldn’t spoil the day!