The program welcomes religious and secular Jewish participants alike. Activities on Shabbat and Jewish holidays are suitable for traditional observers. With respect for the personal and private space of all participants and their worldview, each participant may keep Shabbat as they see fit. The project provides volunteers with three nutritious meals a day that are strictly vegetarian (it is forbidden to bring meat into the center), but there is NO Kosher certification on the food products!
After completing the interest form, prospective volunteers will be invited to a video interview with a Center team member. Notice of admission and placement according to your preferences will be given within a week of the interview. Those admitted will have a place reserved on the session of their choice for the coming year. Availability is limited, and space on a specific session date will only be held with receipt of your deposit.
The cost of the 3-month global volunteer program is $1,500, and it covers accommodation, three nutritious meals a day, transportation to volunteer locations, professional training, Wi-Fi, security, professional staff on the ground, and being part of our high-quality programming in the field. The price does not include flights, vaccinations, health insurance, visas, and free weekends.
Project TEN a non-profit funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel and by private donors, and we want to allocate the funding wisely. As an organization, first and foremost, we will invest our resources in activities with the local community. The rest of the funding covers ~80% of volunteers' accommodations, meals, training, and more. The $1,500 paid by volunteers covers ~20% of their true program costs.
Admissions are managed on a rolling basis, and there are only 14 spaces reserved for each Center per session date. There's no time better than now to start the conversation about becoming a Project TEN volunteer!
Unfortunately, it is not possible to join the program late or leave ahead of time, except in unique cases. In educational work like ours, volunteering for one week will not lead to results and may even cause harm. At each Center, the volunteer group stays and works on projects with local communities for three months and then the group alternates with another group, and so on throughout the year in order to create a continuation of the meaningful work for the local population.
Project TEN promotes the development of skills and providing social/intellectual tools for children and youth through informal education. Within the world of informal education, there is plenty of room for volunteers’ initiative and creativity, however, our activity is focused. So if you are interested in renovating homes, volunteering at a wildlife shelter, developing a business, or practicing medicine - there are plenty of other organizations that will be better suited for you.
In all Centers, volunteers live in a communal home. The rooms are usually between 4-6 occupants per room. Residences have electricity, access to clean water, and security. The project provides volunteers with three nutritious vegetarian meals a day. Explore more about the accommodations by location.
Life at TEN centers is conducted in English to enable understanding and conversation between all participants. This does not mean that all volunteers need to know English at a native level, but the ability to communicate and conduct English conversations at a good level is required because the delegation is made up of volunteers from different parts of the world and the staff members speak different languages. How does one communicate with the local community? In most of the countries we operate in, the local community speaks basic English. As part of our enrichment programming, there are classes in the local language. Volunteers in Mexico are best served with some prior background in Spanish and will receive Spanish reinforcement lessons at the Center.
International participants (non Israelis) have online preparation sessions with the project's staff. Participation in the online meeting series is mandatory and takes place about a month before departure. The training will provide preparation for fieldwork, acquaintance with the group you will be volunteering with, technical learning, and familiarity with the environment in which you will live during the volunteering period.