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Bonus to Volunteering

Posted on May 7, 2014

I recently returned from volunteering in Israel for 5 weeks with my daughter Molly.  This has been my third winter spent volunteering in Israel; however, the first with a travel buddy.  Molly had graduated from college in December and had time to travel before she started graduate school in the summer.  She had heard me Continue Reading »

Yerucham Engliada Video Clips

Posted on March 4, 2014

Want to hear and see the excitement on Yerucham’s English language learning program which is part of the Desert Volunteers Engliada. Engliada Buzz Engliada Students Cooperatively designed, implemented and financed by   

Simple Goals – Rewarding Experience – Final Thoughts

Posted on January 22, 2014

One week from now I will be somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, on my way back to Pittsburgh.  Much has happened since my last post in mid-December, 2013.  Here is how it all turned out: At the end of my first two months here, I noticed a real improvement in my Hebrew — both listening Continue Reading »

Simple Goals – Rewarding Experience

Posted on December 18, 2013

My goals when I applied to Skilled Volunteers for Israel were simple: find an “excuse” to spend a few months in Israel; reconnect with the family that hosted me as a high school student for 6 months in 1970; revive and improve my Hebrew; get to know Jerusalem; and “understand” Israel today. My training and Continue Reading »

Melabev-Volunteers Make a Difference

Posted on December 10, 2013

Volunteering at Melabev, a daycare center for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia I have volunteered with all three groups at Melabev, each at different level of cognitive functioning, and each group having activities appropriately tailored to same.  People who attend the program are called members and Melabev is called a club.  When I was Continue Reading »

Borderless Frontiers

Posted on November 25, 2013

Submitted by Lani Brayer, Melbourne Australia Our journey to Abu Kwedar began with the search for a bridge that was situated just off the main highway. It was dark, therefore the bridge not clearly visible. I immediately thought to myself whether this scene was an allegory for what we were about to witness: the bridge, Continue Reading »

Laughter and Language Create Connection and Lasting Friendship

Posted on October 24, 2013

I would like to share my experience of volunteering at Kagan Klass, an after school centre in Katamonim . The centre was originally established in the 1950s and has served to assist the children of immigrants who need extra support with their education. Currently the majority of the children who attend the centre are the Continue Reading »

From Swords to Ploughshares

Posted on October 18, 2013

On September 30, 2013 after 15-months with the Multinational Force & Observers, Sinai, Egypt I left for Tel Aviv, Israel. The next day I arrived at the Mosenson Youth Village in Hod Hasharon just outside of Tel Aviv to volunteer at their eco demonstration center. My objective was to gain a better understanding of the Continue Reading »

Week 2 – Mud Huts, Soup and Middle East Politics!

Posted on October 8, 2013

Much has happened since arriving at the Mosenson Youth Camp more than week ago. Food is fuel so I will start with it. Helping kitchen staff clean up after lunch means I eat before the hoards of howling students invade the cafeteria. Lunch is generally good particularly soup, which is made by “souper” chef originally from Mexico. When I compliment him in awkward Spanish he Continue Reading »

A Volunteer’s First Day at a Youth Village’s Urban Farm

Posted on October 3, 2013

The OCT 2, 2013 workday started 8:00 am at the ecological demonstration area, which is located on former tennis courts close to where I stay off the school grounds. The hard surface of the courts means all plants and trees are in pots. My roommates are a young couple from Canada working for meals and lodging while traveling through the Middle East. Continue Reading »



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