Program & Schedule
You will be assisting an organization that has been working for over 20 years to develop individuals with special needs to their fullest potential by providing them with high quality support and rehabilitation services.
You can expect to work on a range of projects including sheltered workshops, leisure and social clubs, after school programs, rehabilitative/nursing day care, and adult rehabilitation.
The projects involve training and providing employment for special needs adults according to each individual’s abilities and needs. This includes assisting clients with their work, such as packaging jewelry, educational materials for kindergartens, etc. You also have the opportunity to assist the staff in afternoon leisure and enrichment activities, such as watching movies or plays, cooking classes, and holiday celebrations.
The afterschool program provides a complementary framework to the regular school hours and organizes recreational and social activities, as well as therapy in the afternoon. This program caters to children with varying levels of intellectual, physical, behavioral and developmental disabilities. You will assist the staff and engage with the children during arts-and-crafts, soccer, baseball, baking, music, drama, etc.
You can also spend your time helping infants and toddlers with developmental delays by providing them with individualized treatment and rehabilitation services, as well as support for their family members.
Aims & Objectives
- Assist the staff with the integration of people with special needs into the local community
- Provide you with invaluable experience in social work
- Broaden your perspective to others that may not be as fortunate
Sunday to Thursday
After a big breakfast early in the morning, you will have plenty of energy to contribute to your community program throughout the day. Please expect to work 4-6 hours in the afternoon.
But it’s not all work! You will also have the chance to relax on the beach in between your program with activities like Surfing and Yoga lessons during the mornings, (see location information for more details!).This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: 80
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
During this placement, you’ll be staying at a hostel in the center of Tel Aviv, in the heart of the city. Tel Aviv is located along the Mediterranean coast of central-west Israel and is the second most populous city in Israel. In addition to its impressive collection of Bauhaus buildings and endless beaches, Tel Aviv is also a bustling metropolis with a vibrant nightlife.
You will stay at a hostel style dorm room. The room is basic but comfortable and include bunk beds, cable TV, a closet, as well as a mini-fridge, all which you are welcome to use.
Breakfast is served at the hostel from 7am. It is a full Israeli breakfast which consists of eggs, breads, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), juice, coffee and tea.
You will receive a food voucher to purchase lunch and/or dinner for the duration of your program. The voucher is equivalent to 60 shekels a day and can be used at most eateries around Tel Aviv, allowing you to enjoy a range of local foods.
You can find several services nearby:
Supermarket: Located 5-10 minutes walking distance from the accommodation.
ATM: There are several ATMS within walking distance from the accommodation.
Laundry: Laundromats are within walking distance of the accommodation.
Market: There is a large open-air market about 25-minutes walking distance from the accommodation and small kiosks that sell fresh fruit and vegetables within 10 minutes walking.
Restaurants: There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
Transportation around Tel Aviv is accessible and affordable, with bus stops every few blocks, taxis, a bike-share, and mini-buses (call sheiruts) that run every 5-10 minutes along a designated route.
Activities & Events
All participants staying at this location may like to join these extra activities every week:
If not your arrival day, together we have the option to use our free time to gather in groups and explore the city or go to the beach.
Try your hand at an exciting surf lesson on Tel Aviv beach!
Join us for Yoga on the beach to relax, re-energize and increase your focus for the week.
Come on our weekly walk through Hayarkon Park and breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery and brush.
Sights & Surroundings
Eilat Beach Resort
The international beach resort of Eilat is only 50 kilometers away if you want to enjoy some snorkeling, go to an internet cafe, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
The Dead Sea
We recommend that no trip to Israel be completed without a mud bath and a float in the Dead Sea. A once in a lifetime experience!
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Arava Valley
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Population: 8 million
Language: Hebrew and Arabic
Currency: Israeli New Shekel (ILS)
Time zone: UTC +2
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