Project TEN is about so much more than an opportunity to give of yourself. Here’s what to look forward to as a Volunteer!
THE 1-MONTH SUMMER PROGRAM INCLUDES SOME, BUT NOT ALL OF THE PROGRAM ELEMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW.
HEBREW & AraBIC LANGUAGE TRAINING
Language is the basis for bonding with your local community, and since co-existence is an important theme of the program, volunteers will receive conversational Hebrew and Arabic language instruction throughout the year. Good news – the two languages are closely related!
At its heart Project TEN Israel is a volunteering experience. Projects are unique to both locations, but the general focus is on empowering youth from disadvantaged communities, supporting organic agricultural initiatives, and other physical volunteering opportunities. Participants are also encouraged to design their own volunteer projects based on an identified need.
An underlying goal of the program is to increase cross-cultural understanding and deepen the bonds of co-existence. Led by Jewish and Arab leadership, you’ll receive training in cross-cultural communications, you’ll learn about the diverse communities of the region, and you’ll gain insight into how your volunteer work in neighboring Arab communities relates back to Jewish imperatives.
Afternoon hours are typically devoted to personal enrichment. Programming includes coexistence training and Beit Midrash sessions devoted to discussions of Jewish texts, Israeli culture, and debates about Israeli society. Harduf Volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in a community theater project.
At least once a month, we travel within the region and throughout Israel as a whole. These trips are designed to help you discover new aspects of Israeli society, beautiful landscapes, and new outdoor adventures.
Community life takes up a significant part of the program and focusing on becoming a strong group is part of our daily life – conversation circles, group activities, communal meals, joined responsibilities of cooking and cleaning, and more. Most weekends are free for you to explore on your own and relax.