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Fully Immersed in Israeli Society

Posted on March 14, 2019

When one has a few months one their hands with no children at home for the first time in years, there is an air of freedom that creeps in. Some would embrace this new status with deep cleaning; others would throw themselves into their work; and some would wish everyone well, but sit and stare Continue Reading »

Inside Exposure

Posted on November 27, 2018

I spent about two months in Israel. My volunteer stint involving tutoring English, both in a middle school in south Tel Aviv and to nursing-field students at a youth center in Bat Yam, a smaller city adjacent to Tel Aviv.  This turned out to be a really gratifying experience. I arrived armed with much-less-than-fluent Hebrew, Continue Reading »

Finding My Way In

Posted on November 21, 2017

Skilled Volunteers was fantastic in setting me up quickly with two very interesting opportunities, helping me achieve my goal of giving back to the community. Having arrived in Israel at the beginning of the Succot holidays, I was able to help the staff of a school that were running a day camp during the school Continue Reading »

Winning Hearts in 4 Weeks

Posted on March 21, 2016

Adah Radzin volunteered in January 2016 in Bat Yam through a placement organized through Skilled Volunteers for Israel. Tachkemoni is an elementary school with 400 children in grades one through six. The school is in Bat Yam, a poorer city cousin of Tel Aviv. The school building is built for a warm climate. The walls Continue Reading »

?מה עשית היום What did you do today?

Posted on February 28, 2016

It’s not the school bell that marks the end of the lesson. The bell has been replaced by the rousing rendering of a popular song, “Ma Asita Hayom,”* blasted over the sound system every fifty minutes.   Its sudden boom may generate activity in the classrooms. Where I sit, on a bench in the playground, nothing Continue Reading »

Volunteering at the Macro Level

Posted on May 31, 2015

I am so grateful to Skilled Volunteers for connecting me with ORAM International. Terry and Marla worked with me to find a placement that would be of interest, benefit from my skill set, and fit with my schedule and needs. The work at ORAM combines my editing skills and my social work background extremely well. Continue Reading »

Marketing Plan & Toolkit from a 3 week volunteer

Posted on August 14, 2014

I had the privilege of volunteering in Israel this summer via Skilled Volunteers for Israel.  From the outset, the Skilled Volunteers for Israel team was very responsive and supportive.  After an initial phone interview, they worked long and hard to find the ideal volunteer placement for me. I volunteered at Be-Atzmi, an important Israeli NGO Continue Reading »

ESL Volunteer in Tel Aviv

Posted on July 10, 2014

Roslyn Ross volunteered in May in Tel Aviv.  A retired, reading teacher on the college level, Roz and her friend Benita paired up to have an Israel volunteer experience together including sharing an apartment. They turned to Skilled Volunteers for Israel to help them make this opportunity a reality.  Their professional backgrounds are different, so Skilled Continue Reading »

Unusual Skills = Unusual Volunteer Opportunity

Posted on June 17, 2014

I realize Asian art is a very narrow focus. Even in the U.S., it’s quite a specialized field, and I was only aware of one museum in Israel devoted to it. So I presented quite a challenge to the Israeli-based staff of Skilled Volunteers for Israel. However, they more than rose to the occasion, locating Continue Reading »

Empowering Self Sufficiency and Community Strength

Posted on January 9, 2013

In late August of 2012, a volunteer at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) wrote an editorial for the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, abhorring the Israeli Interior Minister’s request to detain Sudanese asylum seekers in make-shift tents in the Negev desert beginning in October 2012.  Many of these people were survivors of the Darfur genocide, and Continue Reading »

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