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GoEco

Social Food Program Assistant

by GoEco

Join a team of wonderful people who purchase food from several sources in Israel, then package it and distribute it to the underprivileged in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.

Tel Aviv-Yaffo is the largest metropolitan area in Israel. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the city boasts a popular coastline, attracting tourists from all around the globe. The project center is located in South Tel Aviv. The area is known for its low socio-economic status and holds onto its historic architecture and style. It is also the center of the refugee community.


About the Project
There are many families and individuals suffering from food insecurities or the inability to afford to buy all of the food they need.  This can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life and lead to depression, impede learning opportunities and the pursuit of gainful employment.  In cooperation with the Tel Aviv Department of Welfare and Social Services, the food distribution center supplies bi-monthly food parcels to about 350 needy families in order to try to combat the negative side effects of food insecurity.  The packages contain basic food products including sugar, flour, oil, pasta, canned vegetables and more.  The center, which has been operating for 25 years, relies on volunteers to help prepare and deliver the parcels to families in the city.  
 
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 base to meet fellow volunteers and travelers and includes the following:
  • Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
  • Expert advice for traveling in 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 Tel Aviv with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.
 
Volunteer Work and Contribution
As a volunteer at this project, you will be able to directly impact the lives of many families and allow them to feed themselves and their families.  The food items are purchased by the center, donated by various manufacturers, or gathered during community food drives. 

Your job will be to sort the food and create the packages that will be delivered, paying close attention to those families that have special diets or need specific supplies such as baby formula.  While this task is simple in nature, the effect that it has for the families that receive packages is enormous.  

Finally, the actual distribution of food is done by volunteers, soldiers, and/or corporations who join this cause or assist with transportation. The food is distributed directly to homes and families in order to be sensitive to the families' privacy.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Typical day

You will spend the day sorting, organizing and packing food into boxes although it is important to be flexible in case the program director needs your assistance in a different way.  
 
You will work from Sunday to Thursday for about 6 hours per day. 

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

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)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-High level of independence
-Closed-toe shoes
-Strong and physically fit
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

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

Free-time activities

Israel has a fantastic selection of historic and religious landmarks. It is easy to travel to other areas of the country for the day or a weekend including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, Masada, the Dead Sea and Eilat.  Nature lovers can hike the Jesus Trail and visit the Nimrod Fortress, travel to the Negev Desert to see shooting stars, enjoy the plant diversity of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa and view archeological ruins in Caesarea or the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Included Services

What's included?
Included in the fees are the accommodation, breakfast 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 stay at a hostel in a same-sex dorm room with 5 other people and a shared bathroom.  The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV and a closet. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach. 

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: free Wi-Fi in the hoste
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

A traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, cheese, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby. 

Internet Access
Good 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$650.00
2 weeks
$930.00
3 weeks (max. stay)
$1,210.00
Average fees
$527.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Tel Aviv/Israel between 1 week and 3 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Israel

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Israel. Please check the visa regulations for Israel.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Israel and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Israel.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Israel.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Ben Gurion International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Israel you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Israel.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Israel while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

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