Although you do not need a Masa grant to participate in this program, you will qualify for the subsidized cost of the program if you meet these criteria:
Identify as Jewish
Have graduated high school
Not have Israeli citizenship OR if you do, you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving a Masa Israel grant or scholarship
Have not spent four consecutive months or longer in Israel within the 24 month period prior to the start of your program after the age of 18
If you have participated in a four month or longer Israel program, you are not eligible for Masa funding. You are still eligible to participate in Project TEN Israel, but you will be responsible for the full cost of the program without the subsidy.
Project TEN Israel is funded by Masa Israel, Project TEN, and other private donors. 80% of the actual costs to operate the volunteer centers are covered by the generosity of our sponsors. The remaining living costs, which are also heavily subsidized, are to be paid by the participants.
We realize that participation will cost the volunteers money, such as for flights and participation fees. As a volunteering program, we cannot cover these costs, and we believe that a Tikkun Olam program should help those in desperate need in our target countries and not the volunteers who are coming to help them. However, we want to ensure that no eligible participant will be turned away on account of being unable to pay the participation fee. As such, a “Pay it Forward Fund” was created to provide some assistance to those volunteers who find it hard to pay for all of their expenses. Each and every candidate will be required to participate in his or her own costs to some extent, and the scholarships will fund only up to 50% of the entire costs.
If you have participated in a four-month or longer Israel program, then you are not eligible for the discounted program fee. You are still eligible to participate in Project TEN Israel, but you will be responsible for the full $5,000 total cost of the program.
Life is busy but laid back, and VERY fulfilling. Each morning we work on our various volunteer projects, which are curated to each volunteer's interest. After lunch can vary by day, and includes community or group programming, lessons, and group-building activities. Each day brings something new, which makes every day exciting!
Volunteers live together in harmony with nature at Kibbutz Harduf. We have shared dorm-like cabins in nice and comfortable living centers. The quarters are simple but clean and comfortable with everything you need. Volunteers share a kitchen and the living room. Volunteers enjoy spending time outside on the terrace, garden, or around the sprawling grounds.
All of your work on Project TEN Israel will be conducted in English. More importantly, our program partners are looking for English speakers! You bring your skill set and they work with you from there. We do offer Hebrew and Arabic classes as part of the educational experience.
The food supplied by the center is strictly vegetarian, locally purchased to ensure freshness. We maintain a kosher-style kitchen, and supervised food products may be easily purchased in the local grocery store. All meals are prepared by the center volunteers so it’s really in your hands.
The program welcomes religious and non-religious participants. All the activities organized on Shabbat or Jewish festivals are suitable for those who observe religious practices, however, each participant is free to observe Shabbat in their own way. Each week we arrange Kabbalat Shabbat activities and share a festive meal. The food supplied by the centers is strictly vegetarian, locally purchased to ensure freshness. While we maintain a kosher-style kitchen, there is no local kashrut authority and therefore products are not supervised.
We'll do virtual meetings via Zoom about 2-4 weeks before your arrival so that you can prepare for the program and meet your fellow volunteers. Of course, you'll meet in person on arrival day in Israel!
Inappropriate behavior, drug use, violence, danger to other participants or oneself, criminal offense, and any out of ordinary discipline problem will lead to immediate removal from the program. If you do not complete the program you may be asked to absorb some of the cost of the scholarship granted or your deposit may be non-refundable.
The above details are subject to reasonable change according to the requirements of our participating schools, the program funding partners, and other local conditions.