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									                     LONG TERM VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
                          EVS Projects in ISRAEL 2006

     EXPERIENCING YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY
        WORK IN A EURO-MED COOPERATION CONTEXT


                                                INDEX


1. INTRODUCTION

- Why Volunteering?
- Introduction
- General Information

2. PRESENTATION OF THE 2006 PROJECTS

      IL   01 & IL 02       BALADNA – ASSOCIATION FOR ARAB YOUTH
      IL   03        ASWAT – PALESTINIAN GAY WOMEN
      IL   04        THE ARAB CENTRE FOR MUSIC AND THEATRE
      IL   05        BUSTAN L’SHALOM – SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY ACTION FOR LAND
                & PEOPLE
      IL   06        I’LAM – MEDIA CENTER FOR ARAB PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL
      IL   07        SAWT EL-AMEL – THE LABORER’S VOICE
      IL   08        ASSOCIATION OF FORTY
      IL   09        HEWAR – THE ARAB ASSOCIATION FOR ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
      IL   10        SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF HAIFA
      IL   11        ASSIWAR – THE ARAB FEMINIST MOVEMENT IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF
                SEXUAL ASSAULT
      IL   12        MADA AL-CARMEL – ARAB CENTRE FOR APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH
      IL   13        CENTRE AGAINST RACISM
      IL   14        HIMAYA
      IL   15        ITTIJAH – UNION OF ARAB COMMUNITY-BASED ASSOCIATIONS
      IL   16        WAV - WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE
      IL   17        RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

                              3. GENERAL RULES AND GUIDELINESINTRODUCTION

This programme constitutes an important evolution of our first EVS initiatives in Israel
during the year 2004-2005, through which The Association for Arab Youth established new
cooperation paths as being one of the few NGOs that coordinates EVS in Israel. In light of
the ongoing climate of conflict and strained relationships between the Middle East and the
rest of the world, any and all possibilities for long-term contact across cultures is highly
beneficial. This EVS programme offers a rare opportunity for volunteers and local Muslim,
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Christian and Jewish communities to learn about one another’s culture and consolidate their
shared goal for peace and stability in the region.

Encouraged by the growing commitment of young Europeans to volunteer in the region and by
the enthusiasm of the previous volunteers who went to Israel, The Association for Arab Youth
will act as Host Coordinator, linking 17 volunteers at 16 different associations throughout
all regions, North Center and South of Israel: Nazareth, Haifa, Ein Hod, Um el Fahem and
Jerusalem.

The volunteers will be engaged in a variety of cultural, social welfare, and awareness-
raising activities in support of anti-discrimination and anti-racism efforts in
disadvantaged communities. They will document their experiences throughout, and will present
the knowledge they have gained at a EuroMed Cooperation Festival. They will also work to
compile all documentation and reflections on the experience of Euro-Med cultural exchange,
for compilation into a EuroMed Cooperation Booklet for dispersion locally and in Europe.

                                       YOUTH ACTION FOR PEACE

Youth Action for Peace is an international peace movement founded in 1923 with branches in
several European countries. YAP brings together young people who have as their goal a
society of justice, peace and human solidarity.

YAP tries to raise awareness or issues such as global interdependence, development, human
rights and self-determination. Such work has recently focused upon areas such as Latin
America, South-East Europe, and the Middle-East. YAP’s international youth movement conveys
peace and development education through intensive seminars and trainings, trans-national
encounters and cultural events, and thematic international work camps and youth exchanges.

YAP is a member of: The Youth Forum, the European Co-ordination Bureau, the Association of
Voluntary Service Organisations (AVSO), the Co-ordination Committee of International
Voluntary Service (CCIVS), the European Bureau for Conscientious Objectors (EBCO) and the
Network for Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA).

                              BALADNA – THE ASSOCIATION FOR ARAB YOUTH

Baladna aspires to provide the ideas, resources, and practical tools for youth activism in
the Arab community in Israel, at the same time offering Arab youth a non-partisan,
comfortable forum in which to nurture individual and collective identity. Balancing our work
to strengthen Palestinian identity, Baladna encourag a Palestinian political culture based
on pluralism and democracy capable of neutralizing factionalism and guaranteeing social and
gender equity. Baladna also assures that Arab youth in Israel have access to a wide range of
views and perspectives by linking Arab youth with the international community, regional
Palestinian groups, and local Jewish groups through Youth Exchanges, study tours, work-camps
and talks.

Through Youth Groups and Leadership Development Trainings, Baladna empowers youth with
resources, information, and critical thinking skills, offering the essential background that
allows youth to engage in an informed inquiry that leads to community involvement and social

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change. During discussion groups, lectures, films, role-play and a variety of other
activities, Baladna Youth Groups explore identity and equality, democratic values and
behavior, human and minority rights. This concrete capacity-building aims to foster and
enable a collective youth movement within Arab society, assisting this and the next
generation of youth in propelling themselves and their communities out of economic decline
and social stagnation.

On the international level, Baladna is a full member of the international network, Youth
Action for Peace, as well as an associate of the Portugal-based Youth for Exchange and
Understanding. Locally, Baladna is connected with the Tel-Aviv based Jewish organization
Mahapach, the International Palestinian Youth League in Jerusalem, and the Youth Development
Department in Hebron.

                                                  WHY VOLUNTEERING?

Volunteering brings benefits to both society at large and the individual volunteer. The
international volunteering, besides contributing to particular projects, builds trust and
fights against racism and xenophobia among people from different cultures and backgrounds.
The main mission of voluntarism, as we understand it, is to serve peace and development.
Volunteering is universal and to become a volunteer through the EVS program of the European
Commission does not require special skills. 1 Still, to become a volunteer it is important
to have the will, the commitment, the engagement, the motivation and feeling of solidarity
with the local community. To be ready to share your culture and live the culture of the
hosting country, and to be tolerant, patient, open minded, positive attitude and welling to
help as much as the project requires.

When it comes to volunteering in the Middle East (especially Israel/Palestine), it is
important to have a minimum knowledge of the difficult political situation of the region
and the conservative culture of the country. From previous experiences, most volunteers are
ready to face a difficult political situation but they never thought before about the huge
cultural differences they will have to face. It is part of the learning process to go
through a cultural shock (heavy on the middle of the project). Please, feel free to ask for
any additional information an advice to your sending organization.



                                                 GENERAL INFORMTION



                                    About the training and the evaluation

The guidelines and experience that your sending organization will provide you is very
important. They are the first to consult for any question you have or any advice you need.
Besides this, once the volunteers are selected different meetings will be organized:



1
           The rules of the EC just allow holders of passports of the EU member states to apply for EVS in Israel. The
minimum age required to apply is 18 and the maximum is 25 years old (during the whole period of EVS). The EC was
planning to open the EVS for volunteers up to 30 years old. Please, check with your sending organization what’s the age
limit in the moment of the application.

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A centralized pre-departure training in Brussels (just before leaving to Israel):

All the selected volunteers will meet in Brussels and travel together to Israel from there.
An international Preparation Team (Prep-Team) composed of three members from the YAP
movement and other international partners will be created, including a Baladna
representative. This Prep-Team will provide training and follow the evolution of the
volunteers during the entire project. They will be present at the Pre-Departure Training,
the Mid-term Evaluation and the Final Evaluation. The main task of the team is to give
assistance to the coordination work of YAP. The team will act as a catalyst between the
volunteers and the local coordination if needed. Their duties will include preparing the
volunteers before their departure to their projects in Israel. They will also assist in the
follow-up process by contacting the volunteers from time to time, oversee the general
progress of the project, and assist in the evaluation process. This team will have no
authority to take decisions, but rather raise any concerns, fears and recommendations to the
parties involved in the project, mainly to the coordinating organization, hosting
organization/s and the volunteers.

The pre-departure training will raise issues concerning voluntarism, intercultural learning
and will be the space to get to know each other.

One upon-arrival training in Israel:

Directly after arriving in Israel, the volunteers will spend few days together before going
to their projects. Baladna will provide a training to get to know the facts on the ground
(to meet different organizations, to get to know the public transportation, to know how to
deal with the political and security situation in Israel and how to deal with the day-to-day
difficulties, to get to know basic rules of behaviour in the culture and visit the different
hosting organizations).

One mid-term evaluation in Israel:

After 3 months, with the volunteers, the Prep-team and the local coordinators. The group
will meet again in Israel to share their experiences so far and evaluate their projects. The
conclusions of the meeting are internal and reported to all the parties concerned (sending
organizations, coordinators, hosting organizations, volunteers…).

One centralized final evaluation in Brussels at the end of the projects:

After the end of the project, volunteers will meet again in Europe to share their feelings
and evaluate their voluntary experience in Israel. YAP takes into consideration the
conclusions and recommendations of this meeting in order to keep improving our projects in
the Middle East. A final and official report made by the coordinators, the volunteers and
the hosting organizations is also sent to the European Commission.

                               About the personal assistance

Besides the international Prep-Team, the project coordinator and the sending organisation,
volunteers will have the support of a mentor within the framework of his/her project. The
mentor is supposed to follow up the development of the volunteer and to assist him/her on
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anything needed. The mentor provides mental, psychological and personal consultation to the
volunteer during the volunteering period. One important function for the mentor is to assist
the volunteer to integrate in the community.

Normally, the mentor is not the direct responsible for the daily work of the volunteer, but
there are some exceptions.

                                     About the volunteer’s allowance

Each volunteer receives 200 Euro/month pocket money (as per the roles of the European
Commission). Volunteers hosted at organizations which do not provide food, will get an
additional sum to buy and cook by themselves.



                                         PRESENTATION OF PROJECTS

Please note that from the moment we write the description of the projects to the moment
volunteers arrive in Israel, things can change drastically. The projects description is
simply an orientation for the future volunteers and to give a few inputs to decide on your
list of preferences BUT don’t take it as invariable. In some cases, projects have to be
re-adapted to the profile and the skills of the volunteers available. Once you have been
selected, feel free to contact any of the previous volunteers to get a more realistic
description of the hosting organizations and your potential role within it.

 Code        Name(s) of the            Location     Country   Num.     Starts    Ends       Months
                 hosting                                       of
             organisation(s)                                  Vol.
 IL 01   Baladna – Association for      Haifa       Israel     2       August   February         6
 IL 02          Arab Youth                                              2006      2007
 IL 03    Aswat – Palestinian Gay       Haifa       Israel     1       August   February         6
                   Women                                                2006      2007
 IL 04   Arab Centre for Music and      Haifa       Israel     1       August   February         6
                  Theatre                                               2006      2007
 IL 05   Bustan L’Shalom- Arab-        Jerusalem    Israel     1       August   February         6
            Jewish Eco-Justice                                          2006      2007
 IL 06   I’lam: Media Center for       Nazareth     Israel     1       August   February         6
          Arab Palestinians in                                          2006      2007
                 ISrael
 IL 07        Sawt al Amal –           Nazareth     Israel     1       August   February         6
                                                                        2006      2007
             Laborer’s Voice
 IL 08   Association of Forty – in      Ein Hod     Israel     1       August   February         6
         the unrecognized villages                                      2006      2007
 IL 09       Hewar -The Arab            Haifa       Israel     1       August   February         6
             Association for                                            2006      2007
          Alternative Education
 IL 10      Social Development          Haifa       Israel     1       August   February         6
            Committee of Haifa                                          2006      2007




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 IL 11    Assiwar- Arab feminist      Nazareth     Israel   1    August   February         6
          movement in support of                                  2006      2007
         victims of sexual assault
 IL 12    Centre Against Racism      Um el Fahem   Israel   1    August   February         6
                                                                  2006      2007
 IL 13   Himaya – Association for    Um el Fahem   Israel   1    August   February         6
           Political Prisoners                                    2006      2007
 IL 14    Ittijah - Union of Arab      Haifa       Israel   1    August   February         6
              Community Based                                     2006      2007
               Associations
 IL 15    Women Against Violence       Haifa       Israel   1    August   February         6
                                                                  2006      2007
 IL 16   Rabbis for Hulman Rights    Jerusalem     Israel   1    August   February         6
                                                                  2006      2007
 IL 17      Mada al-Carmel Arab        Haifa       Israel   1    August   February         6
         Center for Applied Social                                2006      2007
                 Research




IL 01 & IL 02                                                                  Baladna –
Association for Arab Youth

                            About Baladna – Association for Arab Youth

Baladna aspires to provide the ideas, resources, and practical tools for youth activism in
the Arab community in Israel, at the same time offering Arab youth a non-partisan,
comfortable forum in which to nurture individual and collective identity. Balancing our work
to strengthen Palestinian identity, Baladna encourag a Palestinian political culture based
on pluralism and democracy capable of neutralizing factionalism and guaranteeing social and
gender equity. Baladna also assures that Arab youth in Israel have access to a wide range of
views and perspectives by linking Arab youth with the international community, regional
Palestinian groups, and local Jewish groups through Youth Exchanges, study tours, work-camps
and talks.

Through Youth Groups and Leadership Development Trainings, Baladna empowers youth with
resources, information, and critical thinking skills, offering the essential background that
allows youth to engage in an informed inquiry that leads to community involvement and social
change. During discussion groups, lectures, films, role-play and a variety of other
activities, Baladna Youth Groups explore identity and equality, democratic values and
behavior, human and minority rights. This concrete capacity-building aims to foster and
enable a collective youth movement within Arab society, assisting this and the next
generation of youth in propelling themselves and their communities out of economic decline
and social stagnation.

On the international level, Baladna is a full member of the international network, Youth
Action for Peace, as well as an associate of the Portugal-based Youth for Exchange and
Understanding. Locally, Baladna is connected with the Tel-Aviv based Jewish organization



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Mahapach, the International Palestinian Youth League in Jerusalem, and the Youth Development
Department in Hebron.

For more information visit the website: www.baladnayouth.org

                                 About the local community

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa. Haifa is the third largest city in
Israel with a population nearing 250,000 and is situated in the Carmel Mountains,
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Haifa is famous as a highly-integrated city, with Jews,
Muslims and Christians all living and working in close vicinity.           The events and
consequences of the Arab uprising in October 2000 have increased the tension between these
communities but there are many people committed to preserving and advancing coexistence and
understanding in the city. One such example of this is the yearly festival of festivals
which takes place in December and jointly celebrates the holidays of Ramadan, Hanukah and
Christmas.

The city has many attractions, including a lively night life, a colourful mix of culture and
the world-famous Bahai Gardens. The local community is very friendly and the large volunteer
community offers multiple opportunities for the volunteer to learn about other organizations
as well.



                              About the role of the volunteer

The two Baladna EVS volunteers will work on 2 key projects: the Youth Voice Booklet
Project, and the Forging Connections Project. The Youth Voice Volunteer will be engaged in
sharing the voice of Arab youth with the world abroad. The Forging Connections Volunteer
will be focused on linking Arab youth with the world outside, breaking their isolation from
foreign media, their fellow international youth, and opportunities abroad.

VOL I (IL 1) Youth Voice Booklet Volunteer

The Youth Voice Volunteer will help people abroad to know Arab youth in Israel through a
compilation of interviews, research and images for a Youth Voice Booklet representing the
views of Arab youth in Israel on a variety of cutting-edge topics. Towards this end, the
Youth Voice Volunteer will conduct regular interviews with young Arab citizens, academics,
and public figures, conduct internet and library research, and gather photos and graphics
from a variety of sources, in order to develop lively narratives about a variety of topics
of relevance.

For instance, they might focus on any or all of the following:

    Impact of racism and discrimination on the self-confidence of college students
     transitioning from Arab locales to Jewish universities
    Impact of army service as definition of citizenship on Arab youth identity in
     Israeli society
    Impact of the Citizenship Law on children in Palestinian-Israeli families
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    Impact of the State curriculum on Arab youth’s perceptions of their own Arab
     and of majority Jewish history
    Arab youth’s perceptions of and interactions with Palestinians in the West
     Bank and Diaspora, the Jewish majority, the Arab World and the International
     Community; the impact of these perceptions on their own identity as citizens
     of Israel, members of the Palestinian people, residents of the Middle East,
     and human beings

As the Youth Voice Volunteer conducts interviews and research, they will compile the
information they gather into short press releases or reports about the topics they have
chosen to focus on, disseminating their work widely and raising awareness of the reality
lived by Arab youth in Israel throughout their period of service.


Baladna will orient the Youth Voice Volunteer to the contacts, research sources, etc.,
necessary for fruitful execution of the project. A Baladna staff member will also sit with
the Volunteer to develop a list of key questions to ask during the research process.

Based on the vital groundwork laid by the Youth Voice Volunteer, Baladna we will later be
able to develop a book on the Civic, National, and Cultural Identity of Arab Youth, an
immense contribution in a field lacking literature. The Youth Voice Booklet will play an
important role in introducing the world to the unique and oft-neglected perspective of Arab
youth in Israel, through the words of Arab youth themselves.

VOL 2 (IL 2) Forging Connections Volunteer:

The Forging Connections Volunteer will bring Arab youth in Israel out of their isolation
from the outside world through a variety of means, including the development of a Resource
Database aimed at fomenting Arab youth advancement, organization of a workshop aimed at
assisting young Arabs as they pursue opportunities abroad, and development of a ‘Travel
Guide for Arab Youth,’ a compilation of stories about the experiences of Arab youth
traveling abroad:

Arab Youth ‘Travel Guide’:
The Forging Connections Volunteer will interview a selection of the many Baladna members who
have travelled abroad in order to gather a book of stories about their experiences with
cultural exchange. The book will act as a kind of an entertaining guide and resource for
future travellers, as a well as offering international exchange and youth organizations an
interesting look into the experience of Arab volunteers and exchange participants.

Arab Youth Advancement Resource Database:
The Forging Connections Volunteer will gather together audio clips, website links, photos,
articles, videos, and announcements relevant to the democratic advancement of Arab youth in
Israel (i.e. scholarship information, exchange listings, work-camp opportunities, research
related to Arab youth, international youth networks, Palestinian-European youth networks,
etc.) They will upload interesting clips from their interviews for the Travel guide, as well
as from interviews conducted by the Youth Voice Volunteer.

Breaking the Isolation Workshop:

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The Forging Connections Volunteer will organize a workshop for Youth on the public-speaking,
critical-thinking, and interviewing skills necessary for obtaining educational or work
opportunities abroad. Such a workshop could also share information on the international
exchange, work, and educational opportunities available to youth, and offer advice about how
to get the most out of experiences with cultural exchange. Interviewees from the Travel
Guide could be invited to share some of their experiences in a facilitated discussion forum.
Finally, the workshop could assist young people in planning community activities on their
return from their time abroad, assisting them in giving back to their communities.

Like the Youth Voice Volunteer, as the Forging Connections Volunteer gathers data, conducts
interviews, etc., they will compile the information they gather into short narratives about
the topics they have chosen to focus on, disseminating their work widely and raising
awareness of the reality lived by Arab youth in Israel throughout their period of service.
All of the information they gather for the creation of the Travel Guide and Database will be
vital to the execution of the Breaking the Isolation Workshop they will organize at the end
of their term of service.


Baladna will orient the Forging Connections Volunteer to the contacts, research sources,
etc., necessary for successful execution of the project. A Baladna staff member will also
sit with the Volunteer to develop a list of key questions to ask during the interview and
research process.

All of the data, stories, and other information gathered together by the Forging Connections
Volunteer will play an immensely valuable role for years to come. Like the Youth Voice
Booklet, the Arab Youth Travel Guide will play an important role in introducing the world to
the unique perspective of Arab youth in Israel. The unprecedented Database will gather
together a wealth of information which Arab Youth in Israel are at a great disadvantage in
navigating, and assist Arab youth with becoming connected with their fellow youth around the
world. The workshop will be the Volunteer’s opportunity to gather together and share all
the links they have made throughout the year, bringing together the people they have met and
interviewed, the audio-visual information and crucial research they have gathered for the
database, etc., for one final forum designed to break the isolation of Arab youth in Israel
from the outside world.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The work done by the volunteers will be highly inter-cultural, as it will involve
discussions with Arab youth about their travel experiences, in addition to interviews with
Arabs from Muslim, Christian and Druze backgrounds, in a majority-Jewish country. The
projects will enable each volunteer to learn a great deal about the many populations and
cultures of this land.




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Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 five days a week though this will be flexible to
fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the
volunteer will be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities
organized by the host organization. As well as receiving all national holidays of Israel and
the volunteers country the volunteer will have a two week vacation period to be agreed with
the sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.

Training and support:  It will be the responsibility of Baladna to orient the volunteers to
the local culture, the situation in Israel, and the work of Baladna on their arrival. This
will be done through visits to projects and areas of interest and close interaction with the
staff and volunteers at Baladna. Youth group members will also accompany the volunteers on
tours of the local area and to other organizations. Through out the stay they will be given
close guidance and assistance in performing his/her duties.




IL 03
Aswat – Palestinian Gay Women

                              About Aswat – Palestinian Gay Women

ASWAT (Voices) - Palestinian Gay Women’s Group: First steps towards building community:
We are Palestinian, we are Women and we are Gay. As women, we are struggling for equality in
a patriarchal society that doesn’t recognize women’s rights. As part of the Palestinian
minority in Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, we both suffer and resist
blatant and increasing racism and discrimination. As LGBTQI’s living in a heterosexual and
conservative society, we are taking our first steps towards building a community despite the
difficulties, risks, and challenges that we face.
Our Mission: The mission of Aswat is to serve as a Palestinian gay women’s group where we
express ourselves, discuss our gender and sexuality, define Palestinian feminism, and
address the conflict and connection between our national, sexual and gendered identities.
The Aswat group provides a safe space for any Palestinian woman who identifies herself as

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part of the LGBTQI community, to break our individual silence through dialogue, self-
education, healing, and activism. In addition, we strive to generate social change in order
to meet the needs of our community and to put the issue of sexual liberation and preference
on the Palestinian societal agenda.

Support Group: Provides a safe space & monthly support group meetings for Palestinian Gay
Women
Virtual Forum: Provides a safe & anonymous space for Palestinian Gay Women
Advocacy, Outreach and Education: Consists of lectures, workshops, media & international
outreach
Information and Publications: Produces and translates LGBTQI materials in Arabic
Support Line: Provides peer support, guidance & information to callers.

Aswat is devoted to the work of connecting Palestinian gay women with a tolerant community
that accepts them and enables them to fourish into their full potential as individuals,
women, and Palestinians.

A great deal of the support that Aswat has received in our efforts to build a safe space
have come from tolerant communities abroad. It is vital to our survival and our ability to
develop our solidarity strategy that we maintain regular links with women and LBGTQI-
supporters from abroad.

At this stage of our development, after building a base of contacts, a volunteer could add
great benefit to our work, cultivating our relationships with the international community we
have engaged thusfar.

Through its participation in EVS Aswat hopes:
    To enrich the relationship of the Palestinian gay women’s movement with that
       of the gay community in Europe
    To expose a European young woman to the situation confronted by Palestinian
       gay women and to nurture possibilities for future cooperation on an
       international project.

For more information visit the website: www.aswatgroup.org


                                 About the local community

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa and will work in the context of a
vibrant women’s center housing the Palestinian feminist organization Kayan (which supports
us) and the Israeli Jewish-Arab women’s center Isha L’Isha. As such, the volunteer will be
working in a Palestinian gay women’s organization, but will have ample opportunities for
contact with feminists of all origins and from all parts of Israeli society, among them
Moroccans, Russians, and Israeli-born activists.

While working within the peaceful and liberated Haifa community, the volunteer will also
have the opportunity to meet many gay women from surrounding villages, thereby giving her a
more well-rounded and representative picture of Palestinian society. The local community is


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very friendly and the large volunteer community offers multiple opportunities for the
volunteer to learn about other organizations as well.
                              About the role of the volunteers

The ‘Contact and Connection Mission:’
A highly motivated volunteer website designer had designed our first website – a key tool of
great importance for an organization such as ours, working, as it does, in an environment of
total confidentiality – to be launched just prior to the volunteer's arrival. The Aswat
Volunteer will take on the ‘mission’ of connecting this website, www.aswatgroup.org, to all
the organizations in the country. As a prerequisite for exposing this website to the world
the volunteer would gather together all web materials about LGBTQI issues available in
English and/or their native language for loading onto the site. In order to make the site as
lively as possible, the volunteer will particularly search for relevant personal narratives
of gay women abroad, and gather some local stories as well.

The feat of linking the local Palestinian community throughout the region with the website
will be an accomplishment of no small importance, as the issue of Palestinian gay women has
hardly reached the consciousness of most in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza.

Independent Initiatives:
At Aswat, we believe firmly in the importance of initiatives originating from those that
implement them. Thus, we will set a core of ‘missions’ and offer frames for action, and
will then work together with the volunteer in close cooperation to assure that they are as
intimately involved with the generation of any other networking, advocacy or education
projects, they might choose to develop.

Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 five days a week though this will be flexible to
fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the
volunteer will be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities
organized by the host organization. As well as receiving all national holidays of Israel and
the volunteer’s country the volunteer will have a two week vacation period to be agreed
with the sending organization.


Inter-cultural Aspect
As mentioned in section C (Local Community), the volunteer will work in the midst of a
vibrant women’s center housing Arab and Jewish feminist organizations which serve the
entire northern region. Thus they will meet urban and rural women, a spectrum of Arab women,
Moroccans, Russians, and Israeli-born activists. In our experience with foreign volunteers,
the oppprtunity to interact with their fellow Europeans in the large volunteer community
also supllies a great deal of the intercultural learning that takes place during their time
in Haifa.

Further, the volunteer will meet the women involved in the Support Groups and will be
involved in all Community Gatherings, including an upcoming event featuring well-known
lesbian writers from the United States. These gatherings will provide ongoing opportunities


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to learn about Palestinian women as well as to connect with women from the international
arena


Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.


Training and support:  It will be the responsibility of Aswat to orient the volunteers to
the local culture, the situation of gay Palestinian women in Israel, and the work of Aswat
on their arrival.

The Director, Rawda, will work closely with the volunteer to assure that the tasks are
appropriate to the volunteer and that communication is strong. The volunteer will be
regarded as part of the Aswat community.




IL 04                                                                          The Arab
Centre for Music and Theatre

                              About The Arab Centre for Music and Theatre

The Arab Centre for Music and Theatre (ACMT) is challenging boundaries within a unique part
of the Arab regional community; Arab Palestinians living as Israeli citizens. The ACMT
isn’t simply about bringing Music and Theatre closer to Palestinians but rather it is
working at the heart of the movement to develop a systematic body of contemporary Arab music
and Theatre drawing on all schools - eastern and western, ancient and modern.

The ACMT team has a wealth of experience. It has developed out of many years of experience
in the teaching and performing world, bringing together the team’s diverse experience as
educators, theorists and performers to work with a new generation of Arab music and theatre
professionals. As the largest city in the North, and with a significant Arab population
isolated from cultural activities in the Jerusalem area, The ACMT is rooting its activities
in Haifa. Our emerging projects are:


Music Conservatory - Group and individual music classes.

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Theatre Performances - Performances and related theatre activities.
Recording Facility – Music and radio studio facilities.
Performance Arts Library - Professional books of theory and research in the fields of music
and theatre.
Mobile Unit - Includes mobile equipment and resources in order to reach communities where
access to music and theatre doesn’t exist.

                                 About the local community

Despite a lack of government support for arts suited to an Arabic-speaking audience, Haifa
boasts a thriving Arab arts scene, and the volunteer will have the opportunity to come into
close contact with internationally, nationally, and locally renown actors, musicians and
artists.

In the cafes nestled in the neighborhood in which the volunteer will reside, the world-
renown actor Muhammad Bakri (winner of the Locarno Prize and a long-time actor in Israeli
television and movies) and his sons and daughters often spend a great deal of time.
Similarly, the famous Israeli actor Juliano Mer (Arna’s Children) spends a great deal of
time in the area. One of the proprietors of a local restaurant was the first Arab actor in a
Jewish theater and later worked in German theaters; his café is the central gathering place
for foreign NGO workers and local artists. And, down the mountain, at Tammouz Café-Theater,
another very well known Arab actor in the Israeli and Palestinian theater circuit hosts
regular musical acts and screens films.

It should be noted that, despite the apparence of an Arab celebrity scene, this concentrated
cohort of individuals comprises a very select minority in the Arab community, and many
talented artists in the Haifa Arab community and surrounding villages lack support for their
creative endeavours. The Arab Centre for Music and Theatre is working within a unique part
of the Arab regional community: Arab Palestinians living as Israeli citizens. Palestinians
represent about 20% of Israeli society, yet they are disconnected from many opportunities
and initiatives within Israel. The majority of Arab citizens live in villages away from
Jewish communities which do not have the same facilities and municipal spending levels as
Jewish communities. In cities such as Haifa, despite close proximity to comparatively well-
funded Jewish centers, Palestinian Arabs tend to live in more rundown areas where there are
few opportunities to take part in the arts. Unfortunately, the concept of performing arts
for many is worlds away.

                              About the role of the volunteer

Arabic Arts Journal Project

As detailed in section C, (Local community) the Volunteer will have many opportunities to
engage in discussions with local artists of renown. We see this everyday interaction as an
opportunity. Our volunteer will interview the artists s/he comes into contact with and will
report on cultural events throughout the region.

The Journal the volunteer produces will give the local and international audience a
continuous view of the work of artists in the region, and will assist us in networking with


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local and international theaters, conservatories and professional libraries. S/he will be
responsible for assuring that the Journal s/he produces reaches as wide an audience as
possible.

The potentials for the Journal are broad. If the Volunteer is mainly concerned with
reporting on the activities of the organization, they may choose to limit their work to this
level. If the Volunteer has an adventurous personality, they will also seek out
‘undiscovered’ artists and to draw attention to their aspirations and accomplishments. If
they are interested in exploring artistic theory, connecting global innovations with those
in Israel, and making linkages with artistic ensembles abroad, they will bring an
international dimension to the Journal.

Inter-cultural Aspect
This experience will be inherently inter-cultural, as the volunteer will encounter various
forms of Arabic poetry, music and theatre, modern, traditional, and classical, and will be
asked to make linkages between these arts and the arts of their home country.

Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00, five days a week, following the Christian and
Muslim calendar. Timing will be flexible to fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In
the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the city and
the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization. As well as
receiving all national holidays of Israel and the volunteer’s country the volunteer will
have a two week vacation period to be agreed with the sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.


Training and support:    The mentor, Ayman Nahas, has worked on innymerable intercultural
exchange projects throughout Europe. He will guide the Volunteer throughout his/her stay,
and will assist the Volunteer in making the necessary contacts. Inas Margieh, utilizing her
English BA, will edit the Volunteer’s work.
IL 05                    BUSTAN L’SHALOM – SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY ACTION FOR LAND AND PEOPLE

                                    About Bustan L’Shalom



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BUSTAN is a partnership of Jewish and Arab eco-builders, architects, academics, and
farmers promoting social and environmental justice and fair allocation of resources in
Israel/Palestine.BUSTAN cultivates sustainable models to effect change by combining advocacy
and in-depth political analysis with strategic action. BUSTAN utilizes the principles of
perma-culture and non-violent direct action across ethnic divide. Since BUSTAN was founded
in 1999, we have been active in the Israel's Negev. BUSTAN is an active part of the Together
Forum, and works in partnership with the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages (RCUV).
We see the Negev as a tremendous landscape replete with ancient history, cultural diversity,
and traditional wisdom. For many years, both intentional policy and arbitrary negligence
have negatively impacted the Negev and its inhabitants. This region is home to wealthy
suburban communities as well as peripheral and economically marginalized population sectors
of varied ethnic backgrounds who are unable to successfully battle the onslaught of
industrial, commercial and military expansion, and subsequent plunder of scarce resources

BUSTAN is examining issues of sustainability and the impact of development on the people of
the region, and the land. Based on our experience on the ground, we believe that if
awareness is not raised and de facto actions are not taken to combat this highly-politicized
over development, the situation will grow exceedingly worse, likely instigating social,
political, and/or environmental disaster the Negev.

For more information visit the website: www.bustan.org

                                 About the local community

The Volunteer will be based in the culturally and historically rich city of Jerusalem, one
of the most ancient cities in the world. They will have the opportunity to cross between
divides which many of the local residents cannot: passing between ‘Jewish West’ and
‘Palestinian East,’ from the New to the Old City. Just minutes away from their workplace,
they will be able to enter the ancient Old City walls for a plate of hummus and Arabic
salad, coffee with cardamom, and sweets. They will see very religious and very secular, very
traditional and very ‘modern’ citizens all around them, and they will have the opportunity
to sit in Ethiopian and Moroccan and Armenian restaurants.
Through their work they will have the opportunity to know some of the most committed Jewish
activists in Israel, and they will also meet more conservative Jews, government officials,
and NGO leaders, balancing their understanding of the conflict.
Above all, they will spend a great deal of time in the beautiful Negev Desert, and will have
the chance to see it pass through several seasons. The Volunteer will regularly accompany
the Director and fellow local and international volunteers to the Negev Desert and will
spend the majority of their time in the unrecognized villages of Southern Israel which often
resemble spread-out ‘shanty-towns.’ There they will work directly with Bedouin activists,
village Shaykhs, and residents.



                              About the role of the volunteer

Bustan’s work is varied and broad. We run tours in the Negev, monitor court and Knesset
proceedings on land rights and environmental cases, organize eco-building work-camps,
sponsor ‘informal education’ training in villages, hold a bi-annual, 3-week permaculture
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course in conjunction with Kibbutz Lotan, engage in international advocacy, and more.
Thus, the options for the Volunteer are very wide. At the same time, the work that needs
to be done is very concrete.


Volunteers help in making the contacts and itineraries necessary to arrange tours,
disseminate information about the Negev issue in their home country, collect materials for
work-camps and eco-justice projects, solicit donated medical equipment for health clinics,
etc. In the past, Bustan volunteers have helped arrange campus walk-a-thons to help an
unrecognized village obtain water; benefit concerts; or art exhibition/garage sales to
raise money for the purchase of solar panels. One devoted herself to contacting companies
to ask for donations of medical supplies and equipment.


The options for the volunteer are wide and flexible, and the Volunteer can choose to help
physically with eco-projects, gather new information and develop contacts in the field,
and/or write advocacy materials and develop contacts abroad, if they so desire. Below are
listed two possible focus points:


Unveiling the Negev Project
The Volunteer can work with other members to research international contacts and convey the
Negev reality abroad. The Volunteer can choose to focus on the creation and distribution of
educational materials for publication on various venues. They can work on writing campaigns,
publishing articles to raise awareness; designing or organizing educational activities and
materials to promote environmental and social justice. They can also choose to design and/or
facilitate Bustan campaigns by coordinating between campuses, churches, mosques, synagogues
and peace centers in Europe, as well as to play a neutral role in arranging alliances
between groups in Israel/Palestine. The link between human rights and sustainable
development is very new in Israel/Palestine, thus requiring strong promotional materials and
events.

The Volunteer can also train to guide our Negev Unplugged Tours. Bustan offers a wide
variety of tours which expose Israelis and internationals of the Negev. Bustan’s tours are
unique in that they connect citizens from other regions, ambassadors, solidarity groups and
tourists to all of those that make up the Negev landscape: i.e. Bedouin leaders, Israeli
authorities, Jewish settlers, industrialists, and ecologists. We aim to give as many of
these tours as possible this year. The Volunteer can assist us greatly in recruiting
audiences from their home country and giving tours in their native tongue. They can also
assist the Director and other Bustan members with maintaining logistical order as they give
regular tours to large and small groups, in English and Hebrew.

The Negev Eco-Justice Project
Bustan offers models merging human rights and social justice with permaculture. This
involves promoting indigenous knowledge, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy
technologies, and progressive building alternatives.
The Volunteer has the option to work with Bustan on a variety of agricultural and building
projects. They can meeraly participate in existing projects, they can help to coordinate new
ones, or they can originate their opwn small-scale project. This is 100% authentic, hands-
on, heart-in fieldwork mostly in Bedouin villages and townships in Israel. Through this

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work, the Volunteer can also help Bustan to monitor and report human and land rights
violations.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The Bustan Volunteer will have the unique opportunity to work in an extremely wide variety
of contexts, between a variety of communities in Jerusalem, and the Bedouin community in the
Negev Desert. They will meet Jews of many kinds, from many places and ethnicities, Bedouin
from a variety of contexts, and will meet many activists from a variety of Arab and Jewish
NGOs working on Bedouin issues.


Much of the Volunteer’s social time in Jerusalem will likely be spent in and around the
community of Nachlaot, with its mix of religious and secular Jews, American settlers and
American left-wing activists, Rastafarians and Hi-tech professionals. The Volunteer will
also have the option of exploring the nearby Eastern, Palestinian portion of the city, where
many of Bustan’ volunteers spend time.


The Volunteer will meet Bedouin from many areas in the Negev, young and old. They will see
the differences between the youth who listen to Hip-hop and identify with MTV gangster
culture, and the old Shaykhs who still follow the traditions and keep goats and sheep.


The Director and several of her Bedouin connections in the Negev have a strong religious-
spiritual tie with the land, which will also give wider dimension to the Volunteer’s
experience.


Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 five days a week though this will be flexible to
fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the
volunteer will be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities
organized by the host organization. As well as receiving all national holidays of Israel and
the volunteers country the volunteer will have a two week vacation period to be agreed with
the sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food. Bustan is fully aware of all
area organic and natural food sources in Jerusalem.

Accommodation: Housing will be secured for the volunteer prior to her/his arrival. The
volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share the flat with a local
activist and/or international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteer apartment will be in the
center of Jerusalem and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: The volunteer will have opportunities to learn Hebrew or Arabic in many
contexts, and may enroll in a cheap local ulpan (Hebrew class). The Director will also
assist with language training wherever possible.



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 Training and support:    Each internship is uniquely designed with Bustan Director Devorah
Brous, and aims to merge our organizational needs with the interests of the volunteer. There
is a sizable variety of work available to volunteers, and thus it is highly possible for the
   volunteer to develop and grow during the process. The Director will oversee all final
written work produced by the volunteer and will make plans in conjunction with the volunteer
                                to develop a field schedule.
IL 06                                                 I’LAM – MEDIA CENTER FOR ARAB
PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL

                  About I’LAM – MEDIA CENTER FOR ARAB PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL

I’lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel was founded in 2000 by a group of
Palestinian journalists and academics deeply committed to influencing Israeli media policy
towards impartiality, fairness, and equity, and the empowerment of Palestinian media
practitioners and institutions. I’lam sees these as vital steps towards the promotion of
democracy, national and civic equality, and human rights. I’lams Media Rights Program
supports equity in Israeli media policy, in conformity with values of democratic pluralism,
and rooted in a recognition of basic principles of human rights. Through our Empowerment
Program, we motivate and equip Palestinian society and media practitioners with the
training, networking, and support required to expect, and produce, more professional and
courageous media reporting, responsive to the needs and concerns of the Palestinian citizens
in Israel.

In an effort to expand I’lam's network, I’lam has initiated contact and strengthened
relations with a number of international NGOs concerned with media and network building,
including the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Media Diversity Institute
(MDI), BBC World Service Trust, Cooperation for the Development of Emerging Countries
(COSPE), International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), Free Voice, Dutch Union of
Journalists, World Association of Newspapers, Index on Censorship, International Press
Institute (IPI), Goethe Institute, German Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa), Institute
for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS), Institute for War and Peace Reporting, and
others. I’lam has developed strong relations with Arab media organizations such as the
Center for Media Freedom Middle East and North Africa, Arab Archives Institute for Research
and Studies, and Jordan Radio & Television Corporation. I’lam is also actively involved in
local networks and coalitions, such as the Israeli Media Coalition, and has established
strong contacts with local NGOs like Agenda, Keshev, Shatil, Sikkuy, Miftah, Association for
Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Mada al-Carmel, and Bir Zeit, among others.

For more information visit the website:

                                  About the local community

I’lam, Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel in located in Nazareth, Israel.
Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel with a population numbering over 60,000. As
such, Nazareth represents the main majority-Arab town and center for Arab culture in Israel.
Nazareth houses some of the most important religious sites in the world and has the most
significant mixture of Muslim and Christian populations in the region.



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There are a number of attractions of interest to visitors in the surrounding area. Among the
most interesting places to visit are Kfar Kana, Mt. Tabor and the Tzipori National Park.
Nazareth is also nearby several larger cities such as Haifa (one hour by bus/car) and Tel
Aviv (2 hours by bus/car). Transportation to/from as well as within the city is highly
accessible. Buses, taxis and sheiruts (shared taxis) run throughout the week on regular and
reliable schedules.

The sense of community in Nazareth is strong, and very welcoming to international
volunteers, as the relationship with foreigners goes back hundreds and hundreds of years.
The climate is temperate, with cool winters, warm springs, and very warm summers, and there
is a small outdoor market in the Old City which houses several arts-cafes.
                              About the role of the volunteer


A Range of Possibilities:

The volunteer would be involved in the Program Development Officer for Empowerment and with
the Production Room Coordinator. His/her main fields of work will be in international
relations, assisting in activities carried out by the Production Room, and, if interested,
designing and implementing Empowerment Projects. The specific tasks s/he will be involved in
will to a large extent be dependent on the volunteers own skills, experience and interests,
including, but not limited to:
    Investigating, translating, editing, writing and compiling press releases and
       a quarterly newsletter to be sent to international media, NGO’s and I’lam’s
       wide support base;
    Practical work in I’lam’s production centre, including shooting footage,
       community training, editing, and working on I’lam’s own profile film;
    Organizing workshops to highlight scholarship and grant opportunities for Arab
       journalists and media students;
    Conducting basic English language and/or Internet skills sessions with Arab
       journalists;
    Building I’lam’s relationships with international journalists and their
       media outlets;
    Compiling and maintaining databases;
    A personal project can be undertaken, for example, community building
       activities or article writing, if it fits in with I’lam’s overall aims and
       objectives;
    If the volunteer has technical computer skills, or working knowledge of HTML
       coding, s/he can help in developing I’lam’s website and power point
       presentations.

If the volunteer knows some Arabic, further opportunities can arise.

Weekly schedule
I’lam’s working week runs from about 35 to 40 hours from Monday to Friday. The       volunteer
should be advised that s/he may alter the schedule according to his/her religious    needs (if
applicable), but that they must inform I’lam in advance. In return we expect the     volunteer
to be flexible with their schedule as well, occasionally working longer or altered   hours.


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Outside of work, the volunteer is free to take language lessons, learn to dance the debke
(traditional dance), meet other interns and volunteers, develop personal projects, or sleep,
read or relax in one of Nazareth’s many coffee houses or restaurants. We encourage
volunteers to participate in the different activities on offer here in Nazareth.

Intercultural dimension
I’lam is composed of staff from a variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds.
The international volunteer would work in this diverse environment and be expected to
respect different religions, cultures and political views. Moreover, the volunteer would
work with other NGOs, other international interns and volunteers, and the local community
and interact with individuals with a variety of cultural, economic and political
backgrounds.


Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water.


Accommodation will be arranged for the volunteer prior to his/her arrival. The standard of
living will be highly dependent on the funds available, but will be satisfactory at minimum.
The primary goal of the organization is to house the volunteer in a location that is safe,
secure and in close proximity to the office.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Nazareth area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.


There are some additional language training opportunities in Nazareth and the surrounding
area.    Many local volunteers opt to take additional lessons in Arabic from local
professionals. There are also a number of universities in the area where volunteers may
learn other languages such as Hebrew. We will assist the volunteer in locating and procuring
language training.


Training and support:     The volunteer would be given supervision over most tasks in the
early weeks of his or her employment, on an as-needed basis. Gradually, the volunteer would
accumulate a number of projects that he or she is personally responsible for.

I’lam is committed to both the professional and personal development of all its' staff,
including international volunteers.   International volunteers are encouraged to attend
relevant conferences, study days, and training sessions hosted by I’lam and other local



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NGOs. International volunteers are also invited to attend the annual I’lam Training
Workshop, an intensive two-day training session held in Tel Aviv.




IL 07                                                                           SAWT EL-
AMEL – THE LABORER’S VOICE

                              About SAWT EL-AMEL – THE LABORER’S VOICE

The Laborer’s Voice (Sawt al-‘Amel in Arabic) supports a sector of the Arab minority in
Israel in critical danger: i.e. unemployed and low-wage workers. Established in 1998 as a
small volunteer-based workers’ advice center, Sawt al-Amel has developed into a growing NGO
with widening ability to support unemployed Arab citizens and low-wage workers. We offer:

      Empowerment and education programmes for unemployed and low-wage workers in
       the Arab sector in Israel;
      Legal support in cases of discrimination;
      A Laborer’s Voice Union;
      Advocacy in the Hebrew-speaking and English-speaking public sphere about
       workers’ rights concerns.

Laborer’s Voice is the only organisation that focuses on the needs of Arab unemployed and
low-waged workers, and the only organization that works in the Arab sector to provide
educational and legal support to Arab citizens of Israel at work. Arab workers constitute
among the most marginalized of Israel’s citizens, and yet some of the most important
partners in the Israeli economy, and Sawt al-Amel believes confronting Arab worker concerns
can spur a positive movement for social change in Israel.

For more information visit the website: www.laborers-voice.org

                                     About the local community




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Nazareth is situated in the North of Israel and is one of the oldest contempary cities in
the region, dating back some 3000 years. Important to both Muslims and Christians, it is
home to the largest church in the Middle East and boasts a wealth of ancient architecture.

Nazareth is also the largest Arab town in Israel and has the largest number of Arab
unemployed citizens signed on with any National Insurance Office (welfare office) in Israel.

The predominantly Muslim and Christian population of Nazareth had historically included Jews
as well, and has long boasted a history of religious tolerance.

The local community has a history of being welcoming to guests, especially to members of the
international volunteer community, who they hold in high respect for their commitment to the
local community.

The area surrounding Nazareth is home to many Arab villages and the beautiful Galilee region
is only a 30-minute drive away.

                              About the role of the volunteer

The Workers’ Rights Volunteer will, through field work and research, explore the current
and potential impacts of Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plans for the economy of
Israel, on Arab workers.

The Workers’ Rights Volunteer will be focused on sharing the reality faced by Arab workers
with the world outside, and breaking Arab workers’ isolation from foreign media, their
fellow international workers, and opportunities abroad.

They will have the option of writing regular press materials based on field-work and
research. The Workers’ Rights Volunteer can choose to directly interview economists in
order toput together an assessment of potential impacts on Arab workers. Through monitoring
of the media and correspondence with relevant journalists, the volunteer will attempt to
ascertain impacts thus far.

Throughout the process, the Volunteer may opt to interview Arab workers about their economic
reality, writing profiles illustrated with photographs so as to put the human face on this
economic plan. The written materials gathered throughout this process will be available to
the press, academics, and NGOs, and, if finances permit, compiled into a narrative bulletin
for printing and distribution.

The Workers’ Rights Volunteer may choose to put together any or all of the following final
projects based on the information and interviews gathered through the course of her/his
field work: a compilation of a Workers’ Voice Booklet based on the worker profiles created
by the volunteer; a compilation of audio interviews with academics and journalists on the
topic of Netanyahu’s Economic Plan, for uploading to the Laborers’ voice website; and/or a
presentation of all the information gathered to a group of workers served by the Laborers’
Voice, including a workshop offering ideas for how to raise relevant issues with unions,
NGOs or activists in Europe.



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Thus, by the end of this process of interviewing, research and photography about the reality
of Arab workers today, the Workers’ Rights Volunteer will have created a vital resource
helping the world to know Arab workers in Israel and the implications of their well-being or
lack thereof for the larger society.

It should be stressed that any and all work conducted on this project will be uo to the
volunteer themselves, and that the tasks, through concrete, are also flexible to adapt to
their needs.

The Laborers’ Voice will orient the Workers’ Rights Volunteer to the contacts, research
sources, etc., necessary for fruitful execution of the project. A Laborers’ Voice staff
member will also sit with the Volunteer to develop a list of key questions to ask during the
research process.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The work executed by the volunteer will be highly inter-cultural, as it will involve
interviews with Muslim, Christian and Druze workers, as well as academics, journalists and
lawyers at internationally and locally-based organizations. The fieldwork and survey will
enable the volunteer to come to an understanding of workers’ realities in many contexts of
Israeli society.

Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 five days a week, though this will be flexible to
fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the
volunteer will be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities
organized by the host organization. In addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays
and those of the volunteer’s country, the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period,
to be agreed upon with the sending organization.




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Food: The accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteer will receive fully furnished accommodation. He/she will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water.

Language training: Twice weekly the volunteer will attend a language course attended by the
other EVS volunteers in the Nazareth area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances
to practice the language.

Training and support: Laborers’ Voice staff will link the Volunteer with the contacts and
sources of information necessary for the completion of his/her work. In particular,
Laborers’ Voice staff will link the volunteer with interesting workers’ cases, so that
they may be profiled. In her/his first two weeks, the volunteer will receive orientation to
her/his political, historical, and geographical surroundings, vital to her/his
understanding of the topic and the people s/he will devote 6 months of his/her life to
learning about.



IL 08
ASSOCIATION OF FORTY

                                About ASSOCIATION OF FORTY

The Association of Forty represents more than 100,000      Arab citizens of Israel living in
‘unrecognised’ villages, deprived of basic services       such as electricity, water, roads,
health care, educational institutions etc. Our focus is   on gaining governmental recognition
for these villages through national and international     lobbying, raising awareness, legal
advocacy and networking.

The members of the Association of Forty are themselves residents of unrecognised villages
and human rights activists from the region. Together we lobby for recognition, train village
residents to raise awareness of their predicament, coordinate service projects, develop
advocacy publications (including a regular newspaper), and organize tours for any and all
interested parties.

We engage in constant field work in order to maintain our solid network of unrecognised
villages, assuring that the people of the unrecognised villages remain linked with one
another and connected with the international community.

For more information visit the website: www.assoc40.org

                                 About the local community




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The AOF is located in Ein Hod, which lies 20 minutes south of Haifa in the Carmel Mountains.
It is a small village which was, until very recently, unrecognised. Ein Hod, a pretty if
underdeveloped town, is situated between the top of a mountain and the seashore, and boasts
a welcoming, highly-involved community.

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa, the city of ‘Co-existence,’ famous
for being the largest Israeli city where Jews, Muslims and Christians live, work and mingle
in close vicinity. Haifa’s atmosphere, especially when compared with the rest of the
region, is remarkably relaxed and healthy, and the city boasts many citizens committed to
preserving and advancing harmony, coexistence and understanding in Haifa as a model for
potential intercultural tolerance throughout the rest of the region.

Haifa is also reputed by many to be the most beautiful city in the region, situated in the
Carmel Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The city has many attractions, including
a lively nightlife, a colourful mix of culture and the world-famous Bahai Gardens.

Further, the local community is very friendly and there is a large international volunteer
community connected with a proliferation of different types of Jewish and Arab, cultural and
civic, national and community NGOs, offering ample opportunity for the volunteer to learn
about the many ways of life, community action, and organization in the region as well.


                                      Volunteer tasks

Unrecognized Villages Volunteer

The volunteer will have the opportunity to work closely with the local community in order to
record their  experiences and opinions. Through this process they will increase their
understanding  and knowledge of the local culture and situation as they contribute an
international perspective to our work. Through activities in the field, the Unrecognised
Villages Volunteer will be able to observe the every day lives of the local community, and
the organization’s methods.

We believe that this work will offer the volunteer an environment in which s/he can conduct
work that has a real effect, through little effort. The experience will empower the
volunteer as much as it assists us, as it shows her/him how easy and rewarding it can be to
assist in equal rights endeavours.

The volunteers’ possible activities are flexible and can include any or all of the
following, depending on their interests:

      Field Interviews: Documenting the experience of inhabitants of Unrecognised Villages
       through interviews in-the-field
      Giving Tours: Helping in organizing and conducting tours of unrecognised villages
      Research: Monitoring the media and conducting research on unrecognised villages
      Writing: Publishing a newsletter reporting on the situation of Unrecognised Villages,
       local news, AOF activities and the experience of the inhabitants of unrecognised
       villages


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       Website: Updating the Website with current news related to the status of Unrecognised
        villages
       Networking: Increasing international understanding of our organization and its work,
        through international networking

Possible Field Work and Research Topics:

The Unrecognised Villages Volunteer can report on any of the following issues: (Although
these are the main topics identified by AOF the volunteer will have the opportunity to
research and develop stories and angles of their own.)

   The issue of unrecognised villages.
   The situation of villages that have gained recognition.
   House demolitions.
   Governmental plans regarding the issue.

Options for Independent Initiatives:

If they should be so-inclined, the Unrecognised Villages Volunteer will also have the
opportunity to create and work on a project of their own. This could be an in-depth piece of
research on a particular issue relating to our work culminating in a final report or a more
hands on project at a local level. It could also organizing social events in a community,
running an after-school educational program or working on a particular lobbying project to
get a village connected to basic services. The volunteer would receive full support from the
staff for these activities.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The work executed by the volunteer will be highly inter-cultural, as it will involve travel
throughout the region, to unrecognised villages with Muslim and Christian inhabitants. The
Unrecognised Villages Volunteer will learn a great deal about this key yet neglected
population, vital to understanding the overall historical and political context of the
conflict.

Weekly schedule
The volunteer will have a stable working schedule, and will work with staff during the
regular work-week, 5 days a week. Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 though this will
be flexible to fit in with the activities of the volunteer.

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:

In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the city
and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization. In
addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the volunteer’s country,
the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be agreed upon with the sending
organization.




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Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants scattered throughout the neighbourhood where the volunteer
can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteer will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteer’s apartment is in the
centre of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language training: Twice weekly the volunteer will attend a language course attended by the
other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional teacher
with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken language.
When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to practice
the language.

Training and support: During the first two weeks of their service, the volunteer will be
introduced to the local community and the work of the organization. They will be taken on a
tour of unrecognised villages meeting volunteers and the local inhabitants. The staff will
also work closely with the volunteer in planning and implementing their project. This will
include introducing the volunteer to contacts and possible sources of information and
setting up a time frame and format for the newsletter.

Throughout the project the AOF will work closely with the volunteer in selection of topics
for reporting and locating contacts and materials. As mentioned, the volunteer will be
offered all resources and contacts necessary in order to organize the tours they are
responsible for. They will also be offered any and all information they need should they
choose to initiate a local service project or organize a social event.


IL 9                                    HEWAR – THE ARAB ASSOCIATION FOR ALTERNATIVE
EDUCATION

                                        About HEWAR

The Arab Association for Alternative Education – HEWAR (Dialogue in Arabic) was established
five years ago by parents, educators, community leaders and activists in Haifa working to
raise the quality of education in the Palestinian community in Israel, a potentially
powerful means of mobilizing the disenfranchised Palestinian minority in Israel in order to
bring about both individual and collective equality.

HEWAR is guided by an open, humanistic approach that focuses on the student as an organic
whole, cultivating a climate of democracy, teaching decision-making skills and fostering a
positive inter-relationship between the three major parties that make up the school
community: students, parents and teachers.

HEWAR encourages its students to learn about and experience their own national-cultural
identity and narrative, which only a learning space like this can do. We believe that this
is crucial for their personal and collective self-image, as well as being a pre-condition
for truly egalitarian dialogue with the majority in Israel.
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HEWAR believes that progressive education can give Arab students the tools to succeed in
Israeli society by providing them with a curriculum that honours their culture, encourages
their constructive involvement as Israeli citizens, makes them active participants in a
democratic classroom, and invites their families to become more involved in their
children’s educational journey.

                                 About the local community

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa, the city of ‘Co-existence,’ famous
for being the largest Israeli city where Jews, Muslims and Christians live, work and mingle
in close vicinity. Haifa’s atmosphere, especially when compared with the rest of the
region, is remarkably relaxed and healthy, and the city boasts many citizens committed to
preserving and advancing harmony, coexistence and understanding in Haifa as a model for
potential intercultural tolerance throughout the rest of the region.

Haifa is also reputed by many to be the most beautiful city in the region, situated in the
Carmel Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The city has many attractions, including
a lively nightlife, a colourful mix of culture and the world-famous Bahai Gardens.

Further, the local community is very friendly and there is a large international volunteer
community connected with a proliferation of different types of Jewish and Arab, cultural and
civic, national and community NGOs, offering ample opportunity for the volunteer to learn
about the many ways of life, community action, and organization in the region as well.


                                  Tasks of the volunteer

Depending on the personality and skills of the Hewar Volunteer, s/he may engage in either or
both of the following projects:

The Narrative Project

HEWAR encourages its students to learn about and experience their own national-cultural
identity and narrative, which only a learning space like this can do.

The Volunteer can play a role in this process by asking students questions about their
lives, their connection with their families, their history, and their future. They can
gather these stories and related photographs together and send them out monthly in a
newsletter, or they can work consistently to gather them into a final booklet, if they
prefer.

The Democracy Project

The Volunteer will engage in building upon our existing curricula knowledge concerning
teaching democratic decision-making skills and fostering a positive inter-relationship
between the three major parties that make up the school community: students, parents and
teachers.


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After surveying our existing materials, they will gather contacts and information abroad
related to curricula-development and the creation of a democratic classroom environment. If
they have personal experience with activities which promote democratic informal education,
they can share what they know with the staff or take students through an activity.

They will also spread awareness of the issue of democratic education among Arab youth in
Israel, in their home countries and in the euopean context in general. What form they wish
this awareness-raising to take will be up to them: they may choose to write a newsletter,
work on the website, draft press releases, write reports, or simply to engage in updating
our existing listserves about our activities. Ideally, the Volunteer would choose to place
the fruits of the Narrative Project at the center of this awareness-raising process.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The work done by the Volunteer is inherently inter-cultural, as it will focus on discussions
with Christian and Muslim youth in a majority-Jewish country. The projects they engage in
will enable each volunteer to learn a great deal about the many populations and cultures of
this land.

Weekly schedule
The volunteer will have a stable working schedule, and will work with staff during the
regular work-week, 5 days a week. Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 though this will
be flexible to fit in with the activities of the volunteer.

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:

      In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the
       city and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host
       organization. In addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the
       volunteer’s country, the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be
       agreed upon with the sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.

Training and support:    We will be responsible for orienting the volunteer to the local
culture, the situation in Israel, and the work of Hewar on their arrival. This will be done


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through visits to projects and areas of interest and close interaction with the staff and
volunteers at Hewar. Hewar staff have experience drawing the full potential out of youth.
Throughout their stay they will be given close guidance and assistance in performing his/her
duties.



IL 10                                                                       SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE OF HAIFA

                              About SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF HAIFA

The Social Development Committee of Haifa (SDC) is an established, unaffiliated
organization devoted to the Haifa Arab-Palestinian community. Established two decades ago in
1984, the SDC evolved from a small cohort of parents who organized to redress the lack of
educational activities for Arab-Palestinian children, into a large-scale yet grassroots
community-based organization whose office is always open to community members. This role is
enabled by its central location in Wadi Nisnas, at the heart of the Palestinian society in
Haifa.

Today we occupy a central role in community affairs and works through the legal system and
media on housing issues, crime, drugs, and other concerns to the families of Haifa. We have
positive working relationships with educational institutions, Haifa municipality council
members, welfare services, and local and international non-governmental organizations. SDC
maintains a long-time partnership with the Leo Baeck Community Centre and is an active
member of several coalitions. We are supported by foundations in Holland, Germany, The
United States, Britain, and all over the world, most of who have been our partners for many
years.

Our projects address both the consequences of systematic discrimination faced by the
Palestinian community in Israel and empower the community to transcend its disadvantaged
position. As a Palestinian organization, we strive for equality and justice for our
community. As an Israeli organization, we strive to amplify the voice of the Arab-
Palestinian minority within the democratic system.

                                       About the local community

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa, the city of ‘Co-existence,’ famous
for being the largest Israeli city where Jews, Muslims and Christians live, work and mingle
in close vicinity. Haifa is reputed by many to be the most beautiful city in the region,
situated in the Carmel Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and we agree.

Our staff are largely native ‘Haifawis’ with a strong and rooted commitment to the local
community in which we live. We have grown up fishing and diving in Haifa’s harbors,
swimming in the waters off its long beautiful beaches, and climbing the Haifa mountains.

The local community is very friendly and there is a large international volunteer community
connected with a proliferation of different types of Jewish and Arab, cultural and civic,
national and community NGOs, offering ample opportunity for the volunteer to learn about the
many ways of life, community action, and organization in the region as well.
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                                       Volunteer tasks

Global Community Connections Project
The Volunteer will come to know the Haifa community in a deep and vital way. The SDC
Volunteer will translate what they have learned into a series of stories that different
audiences in Europe can understand. They will relay information about Haifa community
realities and SDC accomplishments to a broadening network of development and community NGOs
abroad. They will develop our networks and work to connect ambassadors to Israel with SDC’s
work and to the fundamental concerns SDC addresses.

In order to accomplish this work most effectively, they might choose to work with their
Mentor to develop a list of possible local community figures and citizens to interview, in
order to write stories and gather quotes which give depth to our existing advocacy and
fundraising work.

This will allow them to become more deeply engaged in the place that they will live, their
adopted local community. Among all the EVS volunteers, they will be most grounded in their
immediate surroundings and come to know the most about the history of Haifa, the events
transpiring today, and what may happen in the Haifa future.

Inter-cultural Aspect
In the office, we have Arab employees that are both Christian and Moslem. We have also
worked with a variety of Jewish volunteers and local Israeli community members in the past.
The staff speaks Hebrew, Arabic as well as English. The experience of working in Wadi
Nisnas, a Christian-Muslim neighborhood at the heart of Israel’s Arab community, and living
in an Arab-Jewish neighborhood will enable the Volunteer to learn a great deal about the
many populations and cultures of this land.

Weekly schedule
The volunteer will be taught his/her tasks during one month and after that, he will work
independently with the assistance of the other staff. The schedule per week will be
discussed upon arrival. The volunteer can her/himself choose which holidays s/he wants to
have free. The organization works mainly Monday, Wednesday and Friday but sometimes also
Thursday will be included.

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:

In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the city
and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization. In
addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the volunteer’s country,
the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be agreed upon with the sending
organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the

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necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.

Training and support:  It will be the responsibility of SDC to orient the volunteers to the
local culture, the situation in Israel, and the work of SDC on their arrival. This will be
done through visits to projects and areas of interest and close interaction with the staff
and volunteers at SDC. Upon arrival the volunteer will be introduced to the organization and
for the first month she/he will be trained in his/her tasks. Through out the stay they will
be given close guidance and assistance in performing his/her duties.




IL 11    ASSIWAR – THE ARAB FEMINIST MOVEMENT IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

                                       About ASSIWER

Assiwar is an Arab feminist movement that struggles against oppression in all its forms and
shapes - on the Patriarchal, economical, national and ethnical level - as the liberation of
society, especially emancipating vulnerable sectors, necessitates combating all forms of
exploitation.

Assiwar is run by a group of Arab-Palestinian women volunteers, who underwent a
comprehensive training course in the organization. The training course includes acquiring
contents, knowledge, skills and tools to analyze various social phenomena from gender
perspective. In addition, they are trained on how to provide help and support to victims of
sexual abuse.

-The Al-Badeel Project aims at ending crimes committed against women in the name of family
honor and fights the silence and taboo surrounding these crimes.
-The Tawasol Interconnection Project is a project between Assiwar and similar associations
and organizations in Gaza Strip and the West Bank who work to improve the situation of women
in society. Its aim is to raise awareness among social work, medical and educational
professionals working in the field on issues related to gender relations and stereotypes in
society about the capacities of men and women. The project addresses ways to unveil the
issue of sexual abuse and how to deal with victims of sexual assaults.
-The Hotline Project operates 24 hours to receive phone calls of victims of sexual assaults,
and provide them with the proper guidance and support by enabling them to talk about their
crisis.
-The Schools Project aims at discussing thoughts and behaviors of pupils related to gender
relations, especially, the issue of sexual assaults.

For more information visit the website: www.assiwar.org

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                                  About the local community

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa, the city of ‘Co-existence,’ famous
for being the largest Israeli city where Jews, Muslims and Christians live, work and mingle
in close vicinity. Haifa is reputed by many to be the most beautiful city in the region,
situated in the Carmel Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and we agree.

The local community is very friendly and there is a large international volunteer community
connected with a proliferation of different types of Jewish and Arab, cultural and civic,
national and community NGOs, offering ample opportunity for the volunteer to learn about the
many ways of life, community action, and organization in the region as well.

                               About the role of the volunteer

Women’s Storytelling Project
Assiwar has recently embarked on a process of gathering women’s stories of sexual assault
in order to bring this issue to the light, from the perspectives of the impacted women
themselves. This is one of the most important ways that we can be sure that we are the ones
that, as mentioned above, frame the debate around sexual assault against Arab women.

The Assiwar Volunteer would assist us in this project, conducting interviews and writing
testimonies that illustrate the variety of challenges and responses Arab women undergo. The
Volunteer will use these stories to write newsletters so as to engage in raising the quality
of our contact with international feminist networks, and to fill our thusfar English-poor
website with the voices of women themselves. In order to assure that the stories reach the
widest possible audience, the Volunteer will gather together an informational database of
NGOs abroad focused on sexual assault and the field of sexual rights. As they gather these
contacts, they will take note of any or all research and theoretical materials/methodologies
used by other NGOs in the field of sexual assault and women’s rights.

Option for an Independent Initiative:

If they so choose, they may gather these stories together with local news articles and
research into a booklet conveying the general reality faced by Arab women today. They might
also choose to integrate what they have learned with the theoretical research they have
obtained. All of this information together will help Assiwar in its efforts to nurture a
more gender-concious Arab society, a more knowledgeable and sensitive Israeli public, and an
awareness on the international level.

They might also choose to assist us in preparing for Memorial evenings and for our annual
observance of November 25th international day against violence against women with public
events and demonstrations about honor crimes and violence against Arab women. The potentials
for assistance with raising the profile of these issues are limitless.

Inter-cultural Aspect
In the office, we have Arab employees that are both Christian and Moslem. The work done by
the volunteer will be highly inter-cultural, as it will involve discussions with Arab women
from Muslim, Christian and Druze backgrounds, in a majority-Jewish country. The project will

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enable the Volunteer to learn a great deal about the many populations and cultures of this
land.

Weekly schedule
The volunteer will have a stable working schedule, and will work with staff during the
regular work-week, 5 days a week. Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 though this will
be flexible to fit in with the activities of the volunteer.

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:

In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the city
and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization. In
addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the volunteer’s country,
the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be agreed upon with the sending
organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.

Training and support:  It will be the responsibility of Assiwar to orient the volunteers to
the local culture, the situation in Israel, and the work of Assiwar on their arrival. This
will be done through visits to projects and areas of interest and close interaction with the
staff and volunteers at Assiwar. Upon arrival the volunteer will be introduced to the
organization and for the first month she/he will be trained in his/her tasks. Through out
the stay they will be given close guidance and assistance in performing his/her duties.


IL 12                                     MADA AL-CARMEL – ARAB CENTRE FOR APPLIED SOCIAL
RESEARCH

                                   About MADA AL-CARMEL




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MADA al-Carmel is the only Palestinian centre for applied social research in Israel.
Founded in 2000, MADA aims to promote theoretical and applied social research on the
Palestinian society in Israel that can affect national policies. MADA focuses on government
policy, the social, educational, and economic needs of Palestinians in Israel, national
identity, and democratic citizenship in multi-ethnic states.
We question any status quo that legitimises unequal relations between Palestinians and Jews
in Israel and examine new frameworks for equal relations between national groups in
multiethnic states. We also examine issues of democratic citizenship, equality, collective
and national rights, indigenous minorities, and multiculturalism in order to consider new
possible frameworks for analysing the status of Palestinians in Israel. Nine complimentary
activities are undertaken and six additional activities are being developed in order to
increase the voice of approximately 17% of the state’s citizens
The support of partners such as the European Commission (EuropeAid) and the Ford Foundation
has reinforced our position as one of the leading research institutions in the country on
Palestinian citizens of Israel. During 2004, MADA served the community of approximately 200
advanced graduate students, scholars and academics, NGO activists, and community leaders;
scheduled 4 ongoing seminars with over 30 public lectures; organized an international
conference on Constitutionalism and Collective rights; published 6 academic publications;
conducted 6 surveys; and established the Information project and two Palestinian academic
journals.


For more information visit: www.mada-research.org

                                    About the local community

Mada al-Carmel is located in Haifa, Israel. Haifa is a northern city and the main seaport
of Israel. The city is located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, and lies on and
around the slopes of Mount Carmel. Haifa is the center of Israeli high tech industries. Two
of the most distinguishing features of Haifa are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan
population of 400,000 Jews, Christians, Moslems, and Druze living in harmony. Haifa provides
a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational and cultural activity. The
University atmosphere of certain portions of the city is easily accessible, as are a range
of prominent Arab and Jewish scholars and intelectuals.

                                About the role of the volunteer

Arab Applied Social Research Website Project
The volunteer will help in editing scholarly publications and writing articles for the
website.The volunteer will be primarily responsible for updating and maintaining Mada’s
website and developing relationships with similar institutions abroad, including university
research centers and the foreign media.

The volunteer will have the opportunity to observe the means for gathering data via polls,
and, if s/he possesses the necessary background, will have the opportunity to engage in a
research or writing project of her/his own, at the discretion of Mada’s director. Scholarly
initiative is encouraged. Due to the high academic standard to which Mada must hold, only



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sound research plans will be approved by the Director. However, the writing of fact-sheets
and other brief materials could be very helpful.

Weekly schedule
Mada’s working hours are Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1700. Mada’s offices are closed for
major Christian and Muslim holidays. In addition, the volunteer will be allowed one vacation
day per month.

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:

In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the city
and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization. In
addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the volunteer’s country,
the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be agreed upon with the sending
organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken
language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.


Training and support:  It will be the responsibility of Mada to orient the volunteer to the
local culture, the situation in Israel, and the work of Mada on their arrival. This will be
done through visits to projects and areas of interest and close interaction with the staff
and volunteers at Mada. Upon arrival the volunteer will be introduced to the organization
and for the first month she/he will be trained in his/her tasks. Through out the stay they
will be given close guidance and assistance in performing his/her duties.



IL 13
CENTRE AGAINST RACISM

                                About CENTRE AGAINST RACISM

The Centre Against Racism combats racism, both formal and informal, overt and subtle,
against Arab citizens in Israel, working to raise awareness of racist tendencies within all
citizens and their potential to lead to conflict.



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The Centre Against Racism works to fundamentally increase public and social awareness of
ways to eradicate all forms of racism. As such, the Centre Against Racism seeks to
facilitate development of a more democratic society and to empower organizations that work
to combat racism.

The Centre Against Racism has full conviction that the racist climate from which Israel
suffers can be mitigated. We believe in the capacity of all citizens and all bodies engaged
in education for tolerance to work together in cooperation and see forward-movement towards
a more just and egalitarian society.

                                 About the local community

Despite the office’s legal residence in Um el Fahem, most of our activities are in Haifa.
Thus, during their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa. Haifa is the third largest
city in Israel with a population nearing 250,000 and is situated in the Carmel Mountains,
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Haifa is famous for being highly integrated, with Jews,
Muslims and Christians all living and working in close vicinity.           The events and
consequences of the Arab uprising in October 2000 have increased tensions between these
communities but there are many people committed to preserving and advancing coexistence and
understanding in the city. One such example of this is the yearly festival of festivals
which takes place in December and jointly celebrates the holidays of Ramadan, Hannukha and
Christmas.

The city has many attractions, including a lively night life, a colourful mix of culture and
the world-famous Bahai Gardens. The local community is very friendly and the large volunteer
community offers multiple opportunities for the volunteer to learn about other organizations
as well.

                              About the role of the volunteer

The Links Project Volunteer will work to create international and local anti-racism
networks, beginning by researching possible organizations with whom to form links, and
followed by field visits to all organizations dealing with the issue of racism in Israel. In
the process, the Links Project Volunteer will develop her/his own personal knowledge of the
country and its peoples. This experience will help the volunteer to come to a deeper
understanding of racism in Israeli society, and the many efforts to fight racism.

The Links Project Volunteer will help in developing a questionnaire created in co-ordination
with CAR staff, aimed at discovering the similarities and differences between organizations
working on racism in Israel, so as to reveal points of unity, points of potential
cooperation, and points of duplication. He/she will then help in writing up and publishing a
report highlighting this overlap, duplication and potential cooperation in organizations
working for equality in Israel. This report will assist CAR as it works to act as a resource
for victims of racism and for fellow anti-racist activists. Furthermore, the report will be
of great interest to international human rights organizations striving to assess local needs
and the most effective ways of working in the Israeli context.

Tasks will include:


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        Working with CAR staff to develop the Anti-racism NGO Questionnaire.
        Developing a calendar of organizations with the staff of CAR, and visiting all
         organizations working on racism in Israel to conduct the survey.
        Helping in writing a report based on survey findings.
        Researching and contacting international organizations for whom the report can
         be a resource, and with whom to form links.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The work executed by the volunteer will be highly inter-cultural, as it will involve travel
throughout Israel, to Muslim, Christian and Jewish, internationally and locally-based
organizations. The Links Project Volunteer field work and survey will enable him/her to
learn about racism in all its forms and contexts, as well as to learn about the many
minorities inside Israel.

Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 five days a week, though this will be flexible to
fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the
volunteer will be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities
organized by the host organization. As well as receiving all national holidays of Israel and
the volunteer’s country the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period to be agreed
with the sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteer will receive fully furnished accommodation. He/she will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteer’s apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language training: Twice weekly the volunteer will attend a language course attended by the
other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional teacher
with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken language. When
carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to practice the
language.

Training and support: The staff at the Center Against Racism are concerned for the well-
being of our volunteers. In the first two weeks of his/her stay, our volunteer will be
oriented to the local environment, history and culture. The volunteer will play an integral
role in the workings of the organization, and will participate in all meetings, lunches,
and planning sessions.
IL 14
HIMAYA

                                          About HIMAYA

Himaya, founded in 2004, works in the fields of advocacy and human rights, specifically for
the rights of Palestinian political prisoners. All prisoners have basic rights, including

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rights to family visitation and humane prison conditions. Himaya works to draw attention to
the humanity of prisoners and the families they leave behind in order to highlight and
clarify the Palestinian prisoners’ rights issue. Meanwhile, in Israeli society, the
prisoner – whether tried or arbitrarily detained -- is generally seen as inherently guilty,
a perception that has had dire repercussions for Israeli democracy.The tendency of average
Israelis to perceive every Palestinian as suspect manifests in the inhumane treatment of
Palestinian prisoners and is directly reflected in the collective punishment of their
families.

We are at the early stages of our work, which will involve: Drawing international, regional
and local attention to the dehumanization of Palestinian prisoners while highlighting and
encouraging peaceful forms of Palestinian resistance; Inspiring and activating the emergence
of a vibrant international movement for prisoners' rights; Developing effective mechanisms
to hold the Israeli government accountable for its failure to adhere to its own laws
regarding prisoners' rights; Initiating a critical discussion amongst Palestinian prisoners
rights activists and welcome new energy from outside in order to clarify the contentious
issue of Palestinian prisoners’ rights; ).Perhaps the most important work will do presently
and will continue to do consists of visiting prisoners in Israeli jails and offering them
support, in addition to creating awareness of the Israeli violations of their rights under
international covenants/conventions.

                                 About the local community

Although our office opened in Um el Fahem, we have recently moved to Nazareth. Nazareth is
situated in the North of Israel and is one of the oldest contempary cities in the region,
dating back some 3000 years. Important to both Muslims and Christians it is home to the
largest church in the Middle East and boasts a wealth of ancient architecture.

It is the largest Arab town in Israel and as such is a center of Palestinian culture and
also home to many of the NGOs working on behalf of the Palestinians in Israel. The local
population are very welcoming to volunteers and there are numerous cafes and restaurents
where a visitor can meet with and talk to locals.

The local community has a history of being welcoming hosts especially to members of the
international volunteer community who they hold in high respect for the commitment to the
local community. The area surrounding Nazareth is home to many Arab villages and the Galilee
is only 30 minutes drive away.

                              About the role of the volunteer

Visitation and Family Story Project
The Himaya Volunteer will focus on gathering and sharing the stories of the families of
prisoners. There are many, many people to talk to, and many, many stories to gather. They
will talk to a sample of families, and ask questions about their rights to visitation, their
experience with the Israeli system, the conditions their relative lives under, and their
status as an administrative detainee or otherwise.

They will also survey studies on Palestinian Political prisoners, particularly in relation
to family rights, and they will enhance and build further relations with NGOs defending

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prisoners’ rights worldwide. Through this work, the Himaya volunteer will be able to issue
press releases related to Himaya’s work and activities and to help us to develop a
publications in English from the Himaya angle (which is different from that of many existing
Palestinian prisoner support NGOs and networks).

We want the story of all those affected by the Israeli prison system, not just prisoners
themselves, but their families, to reach the ears of people abroad – both supporters and
sceptics. All prisoners have rights, no matter what they have done, or are perceived to have
done, and this message must get across.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The volunteer will join Himaya’s staff at its office in Nazareth. Since Nazareth is close
to most Arab towns and villages, the volunteer will have no trouble in communicating with
the other interns or volunteers placed in other NGOs in bigger cities like Haifa.

The volunteer will, as well, be given the chance to interact with other representatives from
NGOs, opening the path for cultural dialogue and exchange. Dialogue between the East and the
West has always been a priority and still is.

Throughout the volunteer’s stay, he/she will be introduced to the Palestinian Arab culture,
norms and traditions through the relations that he/ she will build with the Arab community.

Weekly schedule
The volunteer will have a stable working schedule, and will work with staff during the
regular work-week, 5 days a week. Working will be flexible to fit in with the activities of
the volunteer.

Working Days: Monday-Friday
Working hours: 9:00-16:00 including an hour break
Weekend: Saturday and Sunday

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:

In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the city
and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization. In
addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the volunteer’s country,
the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be agreed upon with the sending
organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen. Nazareth is filled
with market places where food, meat and vegetables are provided. In addition, there are
cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy fast food.

Accommodation: The volunteer will be staying at an apartment specialized for international
volunteers. S/he may share the flat with volunteers from other organizations but will have
his/her own room and all the necessary facilities.




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Language training: Himaya will provide lessons twice weekly. In addition to this the
volunteer will receive instruction from the co-workers and will have ample opportunity to
practice their language skills in the field.

Training and support: Prior to departure the volunteer will be given an introduction to
Palestinian local culture and political and social history. On arrival, Himaya will provide
him/her with a full orientation and training regarding the organization, the local community
and the work s/he will be performing. The exchange program is itself a form of training and
as such the volunteer will receive on the job training that will be maintained throughout
the stay.


IL 15                                             ITTIJAH – UNION OF ARAB COMMUNITY-BASED
ASSOCIATIONS

                                       About ITTIJAH

Ittijah is an independent capacity-building network of Arab NGOs in Israel established in
1995 in response to a widely felt need for increased cooperation and exchange between
Palestinian organisations.

Ittijah has over 70 members working in such diverse fields as Culture and the Arts; Children
and Youth; Environmental Protection; Unrecognized Villages; and Women's Rights and status.

Ittijah seeks to empower Arab citizens of Israel by promoting the development of Arab civil
society and advocating for political, economic and social change. Ittijah works with member
organisations on their activities and strategies, while fostering the development of their
institutional and organizational capabilities.

Ittijah possesses Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council and is
a leading participant in and organizer of the Euro Med Civic Forum. Ittijah co-founded the
NGO Platform to the Euro Med Civic Forum, and is represented on its board and Steering
Committee.

For more information visit the website: www.ittijah.org

                                 About the local community

During their stay the volunteer will be based in Haifa. Haifa is the third largest city in
Israel with a population nearing 250,000 and is situated in the Carmel mountains overlooking
the Mediterranean Sea. It is known for being a highly integrated city with Jews, Muslims and
Christians all living and working in close vicinity. The events and consequences of the
Arab uprising in October 2000 have increased the tension between these communities but still
many people committed to preserving and advancing coexistence and understanding in the city.
One such example of this is the yearly festival of festivals which takes place in December
and jointly celebrates the holidays of Ramadan, Hanukah and Christmas.




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The city has many attractions including a lively nightlife, a colourful mix of culture and
the world-famous Bahai Gardens. The local community is very friendly and the large volunteer
community offers an opportunity for the volunteer to learn about other organizations.

                              About the role of the volunteer

The NGO Networking Volunteer will visit a sample portion of our more than 60 member
organisations for whom Ittijah, the Union of Arab Community Based Associations, provides
capacity building.

The NGO Networking Volunteer has the option of traveling throughout the country interviewing
our member-organizations about their needs and gathering up-to-date information about each
organisation’s activities. This work will be vital to Ittijah’s efforts to determine the
ways Ittijah can best assist the various actors in the Arab civil society movement, as well
as key to the ongoing evolution of our strategy to develop civil society in general.

The NGO Networking Volunteer’s tasks could include any or all:
    Designing a questionnaire to be completed by member NGOs indicating information
       relating to their emerging challenges, ongoing activities, contacts and areas where
       they need support.
    Visiting member NGOs, taking photographs, interviewing staff, and assisting them in
       filling out the questionnaires. This will enrich the volunteer’s personal knowledge
       about the NGOs throughout the country, as well as about the people, culture, and
       other background in the town in which it is located.
    The NGO Networking Volunteer will write regular updates about the notable activities
       and issue-campaigns conducted by NGOs throughout the country, for the newsletter and
       website.
    At the end of this process, the information gathered during these visits and from the
       questionnaire will be compiled and the NGO Networking Volunteer will write a report
       concerning her/his findings throughout her/his service.

This project will be very interesting for anyone motivated to travel the country and learn
about the different kinds of work being done at all levels of society. The field-work
involved could also lead to multiple potentials. Thus, the NGO Networking Volunteer will be
encouraged to initiate an additional suitable project related to networking and capacity-
building for NGOs during the course of her/his travel to our member-organizations.

For example, throughout her/his visits, the NGO Networking Volunteer may opt to choose a
general topic or an issue area and write profiles illustrating the Arab NGO experience,
including the experience of NGO workers and/or community members served by NGOs; in the last
months of their service, the volunteer might compile these narratives, observations and
photographs into a magazine about Arab civil society.

Or, for example, at the end of her/his tenure, if the NGO Networking Volunteer is so-
motivated by her/his experience as a volunteer, s/he might develop a guide to absorbing,
utilizing and accommodating volunteers and/or conduct a workshop on the topic; this would be
immensely helpful to all our member- organizations.

Inter-cultural Aspect:
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The work executed by the volunteer will be highly inter-cultural, as it will involve travel
throughout Israel, to Muslim, Christian and Druze, as well as Bedouin organizations. The NGO
Networking Volunteer field work and survey will enable him/her to learn about Arab citizens
of Israel in all their forms and contexts, as well as to learn about the many minorities
inside Israel.

Weekly Timetable
Working Days: Monday-Friday. Working hours: 9:00-17:00 including one hour break 13:00-14:00.
Weekend: Saturday and Sunday. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will
be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities organized by
the host organization. As well as receiving all national holidays of Israel and the
volunteers country the volunteer will have a two week vacation period to be agreed with the
sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteer will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water.

Language training: Twice weekly the volunteer will attend a language course attended by the
other EVS volunteers in the Haifa area. The course will be taught by a professional teacher
with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken language. When
carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to practice the
language.

Training and support:
Volunteers will be attending local workshops/seminars and conferences that the host
organisation will be invited to (depending on the language). They will take part as well in
activities organised by the host organisation and its members.

Personal support will be always provided to volunteers by the host organisation’s staff and
the head of the Public Relations Unit, with whom they will be in direct contact. The PR Unit
head will provide help and consultancy all through the volunteer’s stay.



IL 16
WAV - WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE

                               About WAV - WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE

Women Against Violence (WAV) is an organization based in Nazareth, Israel, dedicated to
helping Arab women in Israel who are victims of gender-based violence. WAV was founded in
1992 by a group of Arab female professionals and has become one of the largest Arab non-
profit organizations in Israel.




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WAV works to change negative views of women within Arab society in Israel as well as offer
services to help abused and battered women cope and recover. In order to change the social
status of women, WAV partners with other organizations to educate and inform the community
and to change laws that take away women’s rights within the family. WAV also provides
social services to assist women who are victims of violence. Volunteers at our Crisis Center
answer calls 24 hours a day from women who seek advice and information regarding their
rights and who need help in emergency situations.

As long as violence against women continues within Arab societies in Israel, Women Against
Violence will continue to change the status of and assist victimized women. In our work, we
work with other organizations in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere to end all violence
and discrimination against women everywhere. We act in Coalition with Al-Badeel: The
Coalition to Eliminate Family Honor Crimes, The Working Group for Equality in Personal
Status Issues, and The Working Group on the Status of Palestinian Women in Israel.

                                  About the local community

Nazareth is situated in the North of Israel and is one of the oldest contempary cities in
the region, dating back some 3000 years. Important to both Muslims and Christians it is home
to the largest church in the Middle East and boasts a wealth of ancient architecture.


It is the largest Arab town in Israel and as such is a center of Palestinian culture and
also home to many of the NGOs working on behalf of the Palestinians in Israel. The local
population are very welcoming to volunteers and there are numerous cafes and restaurents
where a visitor can meet with and talk to locals.


The local community has a history of being welcoming hosts especially to members of the
international volunteer community who they hold in high respect for the commitment to the
local community. The area surrounding Nazareth is home to many Arab villages and the Galilee
is only 30 minutes drive away.


                               About the role of the volunteer

Breaking the Silence Project

The WAV Volunteer will work closely with the Director to craft a savvy, strategic series of
messages for communication with a foreign as well as local audience.

She will work with the Director to assure that the voice of Arab women in Israel reaches the
ears of those who make policy, with a focus on developing English materials concerning laws
that take away women’s rights within the family. Thus the Volunteer’s writing will work to
correct misperceptions within Israeli society concerning Arab women, an image which is
largely demeaning and marginalizing.

The WAV Volunteer will also be involved in local solidarity work that supports women’s
rights and contributions. For instance, recently WAV was involved in a bazaar which featured

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women’s informal sector contributions to the economy: Spices, honey, textiles, cheeses,
jams and many other items.

Finally, she will have the opportunity to attend coalition-work meetings with Al-Badeel: The
Coalition to Eliminate Family Honor Crimes, The Working Group for Equality in Personal
Status Issues, and The Working Group on the Status of Palestinian Women in Israel. This will
help her to have a wider sense of the work around Arab women’s issues in Israel, so that
she may be able to convey WAV’s role in this movement in a more cogent manner and will not
duplicate the efforts of others.

Finally, and not least importantly, her work will be vital to the promotion of WAV’s
activities here and abroad. When others hear about our capacities (which encompass decades
of experience in the field and in research arenas) we are able to extend them to a wider
audience. For instance, in 1997 WAV mapped the establishment of the first-ever shelter for
women in distress in the whole region of Iraq. After two years of intense preparation a
shelter called "NAWA Centre" opened in 1999, and was so successful the government soon
agreed to support it. In order to do more work of this kind, WAV needs to get its message
out.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The volunteer will join WAV’s staff at its office in Nazareth. She will meet women from
a broad spectrum of Arab society in Israel, both Muslim and Christian, and will have the
opportunity to learn about traditions and innovations occurring within the family
structure, gender roles, and the larger society.

Weekly schedule
The volunteer will have a stable working schedule, and will work with staff during the
regular work-week, 5 days a week. Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 though this
will be flexible to fit in with the activities of the volunteer.

Opportunities for Independent Community Exploration:
In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the volunteer will be free to explore the
city and the local area and participate in activities organized by the host organization.
In addition to receiving all Israeli national holidays and those of the volunteer’s
country, the volunteer will have a two-week vacation period, to be agreed upon with the
sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: The volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share
the flat with international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteers’ apartment is in the
center of Haifa and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: Twice weekly the volunteers will attend a language course attended by
the other EVS volunteers in the Nazareth area. The course will be taught by a professional
teacher with one weekly meeting focusing on written and the second focusing on spoken

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language. When carrying out the work and in social situations they will have many chances to
practice the language.


Training and support:   It will be the responsibility of WAV to orient the volunteer to the
local culture, the situation in Israel, and the work of WAV on their arrival. This will be
done through visits to projects and areas of interest and close interaction with the staff
and volunteers at WAV. Upon arrival the volunteer will be introduced to the organization and
for the first month she/he will be trained in his/her tasks. Through out the stay they will
be given close guidance and assistance in performing his/her duties.



IL 17
RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS



                              About   RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Rabbis for Human Rights is the only organization in Israel today concerned specifically with
giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights. Rabbis for Human Rights is the only
Israeli rabbinic organization comprised of over 90 Reform, Orthodox, Conservative and
Reconstructionist rabbis and students; our members are in national leadership positions, as
well as educators and congregational rabbis capable of influencing change from the grass
roots.

Rabbis for Human Rights was founded in 1988, in response to serious abuses of human rights
by the Israeli military authorities in the suppression of the Intifada. Rabbis for Human
Rights reminds and demonstrates to both the religious and the non-religious sectors of the
public need to be reminded that Judaism had another face. Human rights abuses are not
compatible with the age-old Jewish tradition of humaneness and moral responsibility or the
Biblical concern for "The stranger in your midst."--even in the face of the danger to public
order and safety which the uprising represented.

Rabbis for Human Rights has no affiliation with any political party or ideology. Its members
are Israeli citizens. Rabbis for Human Rights brings specific human-rights grievances to the
attention of the Israeli public and to pressure the appropriate authorities for their
redress.

For more information visit the website: www.rhr.israel.net

                                 About the local community




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The Volunteer will be based in the culturally and historically rich city of Jerusalem, one
of the most ancient cities in the world. They will have the opportunity to cross between
divides which many of the local residents cannot: passing between ‘Jewish West’ and
‘Palestinian East,’ from the New to the Old City.

Just minutes away from their workplace, they will be able to enter the ancient Old City
walls for a plate of hummus and Arabic salad, coffee with cardamom, and sweets. They will
see very religious and very secular, very traditional and very ‘modern’ citizens all
around them, and they will have the opportunity to sit in Ethiopian and Moroccan and
Armenian restaurants.

Through their work they will have the opportunity to know some of the most committed
Jewish activists in Israel, and they will also meet more conservative Jews, government
officials, and NGO leaders, balancing their understanding of the conflict.

                              About the role of the volunteer

Separation Wall Project
RHR conducts tours in the environs of the Wall, as well as to neighbourhoods served with
large numbers of demolition orders. The Volunteer can train to guide our Tours of the
Jerusalem neighbourhoods impacted by the Separation Wall. We aim to give as many of these
tours as possible this year. The Volunteer can assist us greatly in recruiting audiences
from their home country and giving tours in their native tongue. They can also assist the
Director and other RHR members with maintaining logistical order as they give regular tours
to large and small groups in English.

In order to give these tours, the youth will engage in a small amount of preparatory
research. As they conduct this work, they will also document the tours and reactions of
those who experience them. If they so choose, they may develop any number of independent
projects with the approval of the Director, for instance a concluding report which sums up
the rationale and results of Rabbis’ efforts to raise awareness of the Wall.

Roots & Harvest Project
The Volunteer also has the option of actively participating in our Olive Tree Campaign, an
interfaith project, bringing international and Israeli volunteers from all religious
backgrounds together to participate in planting and harvesting efforts. We work to help
Palestinians plant and harvest their fields and sell fair trade olive oil for Palestinians
encumbered from selling their produce.

For Tu B’shvat, the traditional time for planting trees, Volunteers from Israel and around
the world join together for 10 days of Talmud Torah (Jewish text study), learning about
RHR’s activities and planting trees. During this period alone, RHR plants and/or provides
saplings in areas where trees had been uprooted, on lands in danger of expropriation, and in
an unrecognized Bedouin villages. RHR has planted and/or provided over 10,000 trees.

We have an ongoing need for committed volunteers in order to continue this critical work.
The Volunteer would assist us in contacting our network of volunteers, help with orienting
them to volunteer days, and engage in volunteer work in the fields themselves.

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As they conduct this work, they will also engage in gathering the stories of the farmers RHR
works with, and in documenting the stories of volunteers as well.

Inter-cultural Aspect
The Rabbis Volunteer will have the unique opportunity to work in an extremely wide variety
of contexts, between a variety of communities throughout the Jerusalem region and the
Bedouin community in the Negev Desert. They will meet Jews of many kinds, from many places
and ethnicities, Bedouin from a variety of contexts, and will meet activists from
Palestinian and Jewish NGOs working on social justice issues.

Much of the Volunteer’s social time in Jerusalem will likely be spent in and around the
community of Nachlaot, with its mix of religious and secular Jews, American left-wing
activists and American settlers, Rastafarians and Hi-tech professionals. The Volunteer will
also have the option of exploring the nearby Eastern, Palestinian portion of the city, where
many Rabbis volunteers spend time.

The Volunteer will meet Palestinians and Jews from many areas in the country, young and old.
They will see the differences between the Palestinian youth who listen to Hip-hop and
identify with MTV gangster culture, and the old Shaykhs who still follow the traditions and
keep goats and sheep.

The Directors, and core program staff, all of them Rabbis, have a strong Jewish religious-
spiritual perspective on social justice activism, which will also give wider dimension to
the Volunteer’s experience.

Weekly schedule
Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00 five days a week though this will be flexible to
fit in with the activities of the volunteer. In the afternoon and on the two-day weekend the
volunteer will be free to explore the city and the local area and participate in activities
organized by the host organization. As well as receiving all national holidays of Israel and
the volunteer’s country the volunteer will have a two week vacation period to be agreed
with the sending organization.

Food: The Accommodation provided will contain a fully equipped kitchen and there are many
markets and cheap restaurants where the volunteer can buy food.

Accommodation: Housing will be secured for the volunteer prior to her/his arrival. The
volunteers will receive fully furnished accommodation. They will share the flat with a local
activist and/or international volunteers from other organizations and will have all the
necessary facilities like a bathroom and hot water. The volunteer apartment will be in the
center of Jerusalem and at the heart of the NGO community.

Language Training: The volunteer will have opportunities to learn Arabic in many contexts,
and may enrol in a cheap local ulpan (Hebrew class). The Director will also assist with
linking the Volunteer with language training wherever possible.

Training and support: There is a sizable variety of work available to volunteers, and thus
it is highly possible for the volunteer to develop and grow during the process. The Director
will oversee all final written work produced by the volunteer and will make plans in
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conjunction with the volunteer to develop a field schedule. The volunteer will be trained in
running tours, if they are so inclined.




                     GENERAL RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE EVS in ISRAEL

     - During his/her voluntary service, the volunteer shall not engage in any paid
     job.
     - Volunteers are entitled to 15 days holidays. They must agree with their
     hosting organisations enough time in advance.
     - Volunteers that quit their projects before the third month are not entitled
     to attend the Mid-Term evaluation.                                                For
     - Volunteers can not take unilateral decisions that imply major changes in       more
     their projects (working hours, …) and its logistics (accommodation, days        infor
     off,…) as well as decisions that affect their personal security (to travel to   matio
     close military areas, for example), without previously discussing it with the   n and
     project coordinator.                                                            appli
                                                                                     catio
  ns please contact your sending organisation or the International Secretariat of YAP at
                                         ltv@yap.org

                                          Thank you!




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