Volunteer in the Negev FAQs



Where is Yerucham and how do I get there?
Yerucham is located approximately 20 km southeast of  Beer Sheba in Israel’s Negev Desert.  Volunteer in the Desert will provide transport from Ben Gurion airport on May 23.

What should I pack?
Yerucham is a desert climate and will be hot during the day and can cool off significantly in the evenings.  Israel is a very casual environment so be sure to pack accordingly.  we recommend one or two business casual outfits, clothing appropriate for Shabbat and cultural events, kippa for men, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, all prescriptions, adapters for any electrical equipment, sandals and comfortable walking and hiking shoes, a dress or skirts (knee length or longer) for women, sweater or light jacket for evenings

Should I rent or bring a cell phone with me?
Volunteers are encouraged to check with their local provider concerning international cell phone options.  Special international cell phones may be secured from http://www.travelcell.com, http://www.israelphones.com or similar web based providers.  Please note that Israeli cell phones typically only charge for outgoing calls.  Wireless cards for a laptop computer may also be available through these companies.

What are the travel arrangements? 
Participants are responsible for coordinating their own round-trip flights from Miami and must arrive in Yerucham no later than the start of the session on May 15 and remain until the completion on May 29. Group transportation from the Tel Aviv airport to Yerucham will be provided. 

What is the application process?
Please complete the  application (Skilled Volunteers for Israel Application Procedure Miami) by April 1, 2014 and return it to Marla Gamoran at Skilled Volunteers for Israel, 1755 York Ave, #19C, New York NY 10128. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed as part of the application process, and a criminal background check will be run due to work with teens. Volunteer spaces are limited.

What if I want to extend my trip?
We will happily help you connect with a great tour guide or other travel resources so you can plan exactly what you would like to do. We also have numerous ideas for making your trip unique and personalized, so feel free to ask for help!

What do I do about Health Insurance?
The Volunteer in the Negev program provides travel health insurance for all participants in the program.  However, the insurance provided does not cover pre-exisiting conditions.  Volunteers should check with their providers about coverage abroad during their stay in Israel.  For participants interested in extending their stay, the health insurance package provided by the program can be extended at the volunteer’s expense.

Will I be able to get Kosher food in Yerucham?
Most of the restaurants in Yerucham are kosher and the accommodations provide a dairy kitchenette with refrigerator, eating area and microwave.  There is a supermarket approximately 10 minutes walk from the accommodations.

Where will I be staying while in Yerucham?
Volunteers will be housed in “Tzimers” – a cottage like self-catering environment which provides bed and small kitchenette or in apartments.  These units are kosher (dairy) All accommodation is furnished and air conditioned, including bedding and towels.  Yerucham is a development town and accommodation is simple.  

Outside the Tzimmer IMG_1328

What does the $1,000 cost cover and what am I responsible for?
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is subsidizing this program for Miami-Dade residents.  Non-Miami residents must pay the full cost of the trip.  

-Transport to/from Yerucham
-Host hospitality Shabbatot
-Workshops and Tours
-On-site support
-Customized volunteer placement
-Training for Engliyada
– Meal with the Culinary Queens of Yerucham

Not Covered:
-Most meals
-Cell phone


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