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GoEco

Creating Safe Spaces for At-Risk Youth

Jerusalem, Israel

Agency | GoEco

As a volunteer, you will work at a nursery for rehabilitation of at-risk youth, learn about horticulture, and make a real impact on local youth in Jerusalem!

Jerusalem is not just Israel's capital, but a cultural hub and one of the oldest cities in the world. You will be close to great cafes, the Mahane Yehuda market, and other important city attractions. With just a short walk to the old city of Jerusalem, one can discover the diverse cultural experience of the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian quarters. 
The school is located in a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood close to the residence of the President of Israel, the Jerusalem Theater, the Islamic Art Museum, and much more.
 
About the Project
Join this very unique school where at-risk youth get a second chance. The school believes in the kids and in the ultimate goodness of humankind, which leads their rehabilitation approach - they are not confrontational or forceful. They trust the kids and give them the space to develop and make the right decisions.

Beyond the standard classes, the school offers different projects in which the students can experiment with responsibility and express their true character. The main project is the plant nursery - and this is where the volunteers provide assistance.

The school is also unique due to its exceptional resources. The school has 100 students and 70 staff members! The school also has a library, a computer lab, a carpentry workshop, a music room, an arts room, and a petting zoo with a variety of animals! This is quite remarkable in Israel - a country with limited resources.

The school has male students ages 12-18. Male and female volunteers are accepted.
*Please note that depending on the time of year you may not have the chance to interact with the youth, especially during school holidays and breaks.
 
Orientation in Jerusalem
Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great way to meet fellow volunteers and travelers from around the world and includes the following:

  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for travelling around Israel during and after your volunteer placement
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market
  • Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife
  • 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to your volunteer project via public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.
 
Volunteer Work and Contribution
During the project, you will work at the school's nursery, however, this nursery is much more than just a place to grow plants. For the school and its teachers, the nursery is a metaphor for rehabilitation.  The nursery often receives donations of left-over plants that are barely alive, and the students learn that they have the ability to revive a plant and give it life. You do not need any experience in horticulture - you will learn all you need to know while at the school.

Typical day

The students need mentoring and positive influences in their lives, and as a volunteer you will not only learn the secrets of gardening, but will also interact informally with the students. Because of the the school's philosophy of creating a space for the students to make their own decisions, the interaction you will have with the students will depend on what develops organically between you and the students while you are there. 

  • Working hours: generally from 9:00 until 15:00, this is just a guideline and the schedule may change from week to week.
  • Fridays and Saturdays are free days.

Free-time activities

During your free time you can visit the extraordinary sites in Jerusalem. There are also many attractions in Tel Aviv and adventure activities such as surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing. Visiting other cities and attractions including Eilat, the Dead Sea and Masada are easy via public transportation. Israel has some of the best nature areas and hiking trails such as the Jesus Trail in the north and those that are in the Negev Desert.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-High level of independence
-Desire to work in the garden and contribute to its success
-Motivation to work with youth
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 09:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, breakfast and lunch on working days as well as our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support.


Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

Accommodation
You will be staying at a hostel in the center of Jerusalem, making access to any site in the city simple and easy. You will stay in a mixed gender dorm room with between 10 or 12 people.The room comes with comfortable bunk beds and an en-suite bathroom and shower, as well as personal night stands for each volunteer.  A female only dorm room, which holds between 4 and 6 other people, is also available upon request.

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other options.  

Internet: WiFi is available at the hostel (depends on the availability at your accommodation).
 
Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

During your volunteer placement, breakfast will be served at the hostel. Furthermore, basic lunch is provided on volunteering days at the school. For all other meals, volunteers need to buy and cook their own food or eat out. The hostel is conveniently located in the center of the Jerusalem with easy accessibility to a range of different restaurants and markets. There is also a fully equipped kitchen for your use at the hostel.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv-Yafo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Israel.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Israel provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Israel you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Israel.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,660.00
5 weeks
$1,960.00
6 weeks
$2,260.00
7 weeks
$2,560.00
8 weeks
$2,850.00
9 weeks
$3,150.00
10 weeks (max. stay)
$4,450.00
Average fees
$430.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Jerusalem/Israel between 4 weeks and 10 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Israel.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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