FAQ


The program welcomes religious and secular participants alike. Activities on the Shabbat and Jewish holidays are suitable for traditional observers. With respect for the personal and private space of all participants and their worldview, each participant may keep the Shabbat as they see fit. The project provides volunteers with three nutritious meals a day are strictly vegetarian (it is forbidden to bring meat in too the center), but there is NO Kosher certification on the food products!
Any young person between the ages of 18 to 30, activists, English speakers prepared to go on an adventure. We are looking for deep thinkers and hard workers who are passionate about volunteering and about international development. If you are great with people, curious, and love traveling that's always a plus!
Non-Israeli participants will be invited to a video interview with one of the project's team members. Notice of admission and placement according to your preferences will be given within 7 days of the interview. Those admitted will have a place reserved for a period of one year on one of our delegations. Israeli participants need to come to Jerusalem for a screening and program information day. The project team will contact you in 7 days and update you on admission and placement according to your preferences. Those admitted will have a place reserved for a period of one year on one of our delegations. If you were not admitted after the screening day or interview, you can try again next year.
Volunteer participation in a 3-month delegations abroad (outside of Israel) costs $1,350, and covers accommodation, three nutritious meals a day; professional training, Wi-Fi and security. The cost does not include flights, vaccines and visas. The program in Israel is designated for Diaspora Jewry, it is a five month program and costs $4,500. Many applicants are eligible to receive a scholarship from the Masa Israel Journey project. To check eligibility for a scholarship , leave your details here
The project is a non profit project funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel and by private donors, and we want to allocate the funding wisely. As an organization, first and foremost, we will invest our resources in activities with the local community. The rest of the funding covers 80% of volunteers' living expenses: accommodations, meals, training and more. The extra cost is supplemented by the volunteers.
Overseas, three times a year for a period of three months: January 2020 January 1 - April 2. May 2020 May 5 - July 28. September 2020 September 2 - November 11. In Israel, twice a year there are 5 month long program: February 2020 February 10 - June 6. September 2020 September 1 - January 25, 2021. Shorter volunteer options in 2020: Pioneering Cohort in Samos Greek February 16 - April 2. Summer program in our centers around the world June 2 - April 28. Summer program in Israel - Harduf and Mitzpe Ramon July 15 - June 14.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to join the program late or leave ahead of time, except in unique cases. In educational work like ours, volunteering for one week will not lead to results and may even cause harm. At each Center, the volunteer group stays and works on projects with local communities for three months (in Centers in Israel for 5 months) and then the group alternates with another group, and so on throughout the year in order to create continuation of the meaningful work for the local population. We do however a few shorter program during the year, maybe this will be a better fit? Shorter volunteer options in 2020: Pioneering Cohort in Samos Greek February 16 - April 2. Summer program in our centers around the world June 2 - April 28. Summer program in Israel - Harduf and Mitzpe Ramon July 15 - June 14.
In all Centers, volunteers live in a communal home, in our international center they share the home with the staff members. The rooms are usually between 4-6 occupants per room. Residences have electricity, access to clean water and security. The project provides volunteers with three nutritious meals a day which are purely vegetarian.
Life at TEN centers is conducted in English to enable understanding and conversation between all participants. This does not mean that all volunteers need to know English at a native level, but the ability to communicate and conduct English conversations at a good level is required, because the delegation is made up of volunteers from different parts of the world and the staff members speak different languages. How does one communicate with the local community? In most of the countries we operate in, the local community speaks basic English. As part of the Volunteer Enrichment Program, there are classes in the local language. In Israel there are also Hebrew and Arabic lessons. Volunteers in Mexico receive Spanish reinforcement lessons so as to volunteer in the best way possible.
International participants (non Israeli Jews) have online preparation sessions with the project's staff. Participation in the online meeting series is mandatory and takes place about a month before departure. Israeli participants have 3 compulsory training days, about a month before departure. The training will provide preparation for fieldwork, acquaintance with the group you will be volunteering with, technical learning and familiarity with the environment in which you will live during the volunteering period.
Project TEN promotes the development of skills and providing tools for children and youth through informal education. Volunteers are able to provide professional guidance according to the needs of the communities - developing learning abilities and personal skills. This is the volunteers’ added value, which enables Project TEN to move forward towards fulfilling the vision - transferring the responsibility for the educational programs to the local agents of change. Within the world of informal education, there is plenty of room for volunteers’ initiative and creativity, however our activity is focused. So if you are interested in renovating homes, volunteering at a wildlife shelter, developing a business or practicing medicine - there are plenty of other organizations that will be better suited for you.