Guiding People with Special Needs

Tel Aviv - Israel

Only $1,365 per week!

Work with a local organisation to improve life quality of individuals with special needs in Israel.

Regardless of age, religion, race or nationality, these locals have a right to high quality support and rehabilitation services that you can help to provide. You will help this organisation to fulfil its vision of all individuals with special needs being able to live a life of dignity and independence while being active members of the community.

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Program Description

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

Schedule

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!).

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard 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

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program.

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.

About the Accommodation

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.

Food Arrangements

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.

Facilities

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:

Sunday, Mornings

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.

Monday, Mornings

Try your hand at an exciting surf lesson on Tel Aviv beach!

Tuesday, Mornings

Join us for Yoga on the beach to relax, re-energize and increase your focus for the week.

Wednesday, Mornings

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!

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Arava Valley
  • Eilat
  • Jerusalem
  • Negev

Quick Facts

Name: State of Israel

Population: 8 million

Capital: Jerusalem

Language: Hebrew and Arabic

Currency: Israeli New Shekel (ILS)

Time zone: UTC +2

Country Information

Despite its small size, Israel boasts an unbeatable amount of things to do that will delight every traveler’s senses. From religious sites and archaeological wonders to lively cities packed with history and nightlife and breathtaking natural landscapes that will leave even the pickiest of visitors awestruck.

Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world. Moreover, Tel Aviv was ranked as the top ten city for nightlife and described as the “capital of Mediterranean cool” by Lonely Planet. This tiny country is the Holy Place of Jews, Muslims and Christians and many biblical places concentrate here. Float in the Dead Sea, get lost in infinite deserts, discover Jerusalem, enjoy Tel Aviv – Israel has something to offer to anyone’s tastes.

Climate

The northern part of Israel has a Mediterranean climate (hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters). The south and east have an arid climate.

The rainy season starts in October and lasts until the beginning of May, with the northern parts of the country receiving noticeably more rain than the south.

Culture

Israel is considered part of the Holy Land of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Bahaism, who all have significant ties here. Tiny in size, Israel contains a vibrant history and mixture of cultures and personalities. Even though it was officially founded in 1948, the country’s history goes back to the beginning of human civilizations.

Israel boasts a mix of culture like no other, with a complex history to back it up and hence, it is a destination that has fascinated travellers and pilgrims for centuries on end.

Gastronomy

Israeli cuisine adapts many styles of Jewish gastronomy, namely Mizrahi, Sephardic and Ashkenzi cooking, brought by Jews from the Diaspora. Middle Eastern foods such as falafel, couscous, hummus and more are also popular in the country. Another great influencer has been the Mediterranean region, as many items common to the area are available in Israel and commonly incorporated into every-day dishes.

Kosher foods are also a big part of the Israeli cuisine. Kosher incorporates all food that conforms to the Jewish dietary law known as kashrut. For example, laws that form the kashrut prohibit the consumption of pork and shellfish.

Transportation

Bus

Buses in Israel are cheap, fast, reliable and the most common public way of transportation for both Israelis and tourists alike. Note: From Friday at sunset until Saturday dusk (Sabbath), buses don’t run in most of Israel.

Another thing worth noting is that soldiers use buses to travel to and from their bases and it is typical to see buses packed with soldiers who are often armed. This is common and nothing to be alarmed about, as it is mandatory for most Israeli citizens to go through military training.

Train

The train system in Israel was recently modernized. You can expect a high level of comfort if travelling by train but in return, tickets can be quite pricey in comparison to bus fares. But take note: from Friday at sunset until Saturday dusk (Sabbath), trains don’t run in most of Israel.

Minivans or “monit sherut”

They are faster than normal buses and can be hailed from anywhere. They run even during Shabbat.

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