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Coalition against Racism

Praktikum und Volunteering
 
An internship or volunteering in the coalition against racism in Israel provides the opportunity to gain insight into the complexity of the political situation in Israel and Palestine and to bring the backgrounds and positions, interests and needs of different groups of opinion into context. We organize internships and volunteering in the areas of communications and public relations, human rights work, politics, sociology and other similar fields.
 

Project Details

 
The Coalition against Racism in Israel has, since 2003, been committed against discrimination and racism and has the aim to abolish racism in Israel. They work to raise awareness of the problems caused by racial discrimination among decision makers in the public, stakeholders, including individuals and organizations, in civil society, politics and society to delegitimize it in all its forms.
 
The coalition brings together some 40 non-governmental organizations that advocate the rights, interests and aspirations of minorities and disadvantaged people in Israel. They include people of Russian origin, Palestinians in Israel, Ethiopians, Mizrahi and refugees. Human rights organizations who deal with the rights of women, children and people with special needs are also involved in the coalition.
 
The coalition has set itself the goal to address the following related problems:
 
  • Racism is partially legitimized by the lack of adequate framework for the protection of minority rights
  • Racial Profiling and the violation of the freedom of movement in public
  • Incitement against minorities and ethnic groups from political and religious leaders, public figures and the media
  • Increased racial violence against ethnic and minority groups in Israel
  • The persistence of negative stereotypes against the Arab minority and other marginalized groups
 
The Coalition monitors against racism by political and religious leaders and media publications in Amharic, Arabic, Hebrew and Russian, and comments on cases of racist or discriminatory comments or sues them in some cases.
 
The coalition also pursues discrimination and violence by members of the police and conducts training programs for the police in the field of human rights.
 
Furthermore, lobbying is carried out in ministries such as the Ministry of Education, to convince them to invest in human rights work and an anti-racism plan for institutions, and to ensure compliance with existing anti-discrimination laws. Teachers are trained in tolerance and anti-racism by the member organization "Psychoactive”.
 
Clubs and entertainment venues such as bars and dance halls, where there is discriminating selection of members and guests are sued.
 
Events like "Culture against Racism" are held, which bring together Jewish and Arab populations, with concerts featuring Jewish and Arab artists.
 
In Galilee, a region where many ethnic groups, nationalities, religions and races live segregated lives and maintain prejudiced and racist attitudes towards members of other groups, activities for young people aged 15-18 years are carried out. The aim is that young people who will later enter the army, study at universities and enter the workforce will take a clear stand against racism and discrimination within their groups.
 
In 2015, it is planned that a bus will travel through Israel, with emphasis on the regions of Galilee, Negev and Muthallath, where Jewish and Arab activists from their respective regions and all over Israel will participate and engage in dialogue with the people of the villages and towns. In order to reach a wider audience, the Bus Campaign will also be recorded on video and celebrities will join to initiate a major media campaign with the purpose of stimulating public discussion.
 
Possible activities for Interns and Volunteers include:
 
  • Reading and analysis of texts, reports and statistics on the political situation, as well as about minorities and disadvantaged groups and their position in Israel
  • Writing about current events, background information, current projects, discrimination in everyday life, etc.
  • Translation activities (e.g. Arabic-English; English-Arabic; English-Russian etc.) depending on the particular language skills
  • Communications and Public Relations - building contacts with foundations and organizations, networking
  • Participation in seminars and network meetings
 
As an interns at CAR you typically won't work directly with clients, but the focus is on theoretical work. You should have basic previous experience in research and scientific work and you should enjoy to write texts and reports. Around 95% is computer work that you will do on your own.
 
To apply, please email your CV/resume in English, including your computer and language skills, and other relevant experience. Also please add a letter of motivation in English.
 
Volunteers and interns work at the office in Haifa on weekdays from about 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. You will get to know the director of the Coalition at the beginning to discuss your tasks and the further progress of your placement.
 
Topics and activities are dependent on the current political events.
Info Box
General
Location: Haifa, Israel
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 month
Maximum Duration: 6 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Arabic, Hebrew, Russian
Accommodation:
Student hall of residence in Haifa
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Lawyer
Minimum. Qualification Of Intern:
Interest in the topic, sensitivity for various perspectives; minimum age 21 years
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Interest in the topic, sensitivity for various perspectives, initiative, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

Accommodation

 
Accommodation at a single room at student hall of residence in Haifa.

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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  up to 31 Days
32-60 Days
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91-120 Days
5 Months or longer
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1 Person
700 EUR 800 EUR 900 EUR 1000 EUR 1100 EUR
2-4 Persons
(Rate per Person)
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Information about and Assistance with the Arrangement of your Visa (if required), but not the official government fees for it (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Akko or Haifa train station on arrival and departure (you can easily reach these train stations from Tel Aviv Airport)
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Tamra/Haifa
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 30 Shekel air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Israel (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa, if applicable (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
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 Short-time stay
(1-31 Days)
Long-time stay
(32-365 Days)
    
In Tamra
   
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Room at shared house
1 Person
(Single Room)
75 Shekel/Day 2000 Shekel/Month*
2 Persons p.p.
(Twin Room)
70 Shekel/Day 1850 Shekel/Month*
       
In Haifa
     
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Room at Halls of Residence
1 Person
(Single Room)
- 1000-1500 Shekel/Month*
2 Persons p.p.
(Twin Room)
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1000-1500 Shekel/Month*
 
In Tamra: Incomplete months of your stay are paid propotionally per day.
In Haifa: You can only book/pay full months!
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • For most nationals no visa costs for a stay of up to 180 days. In case of stay of 181 or more days, first 3 months 680 Shekel, then 190 Shekel for any 3 months' extension (subject to change). Long-term visa costs include health insurance.
  • Meals around 150-200 EUR (180-250 USD)/Month (estimate)
  • Small local expenses (e.g. local transport): around 30-60 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Haifa

 
 
Tamra is part of the metropolitan area Haifa-Akko-Tamra . These three cities are located only 15-30 minutes drive away from each other, and are accessible by buses, train (Akko-Haifa) and taxis. One can easily move between these three places and should look at the three locations as a common metropolitan area.
 
Tamra (25,000 inhabitants) is located on the hills which rise behind the plains of Akko. With clear weather, from Akko you have a fantastic view over Akko and the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason, Tamra is a popular town for short trips for people from the neighbouring cities, who enjoy Tamra's attractively priced traditional Arabic restaurants.
 
The town is dominated by Arabic Israelis living in extended family clans. Arts, culture and community are highly valued in Tamra; many citizens are highly educated and have studied abroad. They are particularly friendly and open towards foreigners and it is easy for our participants to get integrated into the town community.
 
Tamra is also famous for its extravagant weddings. There are several locations where weddings are celebrated. During the "wedding season", from May to October, Tamra hosts 7-10 large weddings every day.
 
The historical port town of Akko (also: Akkon) has around 50,000 inhabitants. Its old town atmosphere is very oriental. Akko has been mentioned in the bible's Old Testament; Alexander the Great, the Romans, Sultan Saladin, and the Crusaders have all been to Akko. Napoleon didn't succeed to conquer the city though. The old town of Akko as a UNESCO World Heritage site is part of every Israel round trip. During the summer, Akko's beach is very populated, and Akko's Arabian market is a popular location for tourists and locals alike.
 
Haifa (270,000 inhabitants) is after Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel's third largest city. It is a city full of life as there are more than 40,000 students studying at Haifa University and numerous colleges. For that reason, Haifa has a wide selection of bars and clubs. During the summer, the beaches behind Mount Carmel are populated at day and night by young people.
 
Between Haifa, Akko and Tamra there are not only olive and pomegranate plantations, but also the so-called "Krayots" which are several villages belonging to the wider area of Haifa. They have modern entertainment facilities such as multiplex cinemas, bars and bowling allies.
 
Recreational Activities in Tamra/Akko/Haifa
 
There are numerous ways to spend leisure time in Tamra, Akko and Haifa. All cities are full of cultural life. During the hot summer, you can go to the beaches; Tamra also has a public swimming pool.
 
Day trips in Israel, which can be done from Akko/Tamra/Haifa, include visiting mystical historical sites such as Jerusalem, Nazareth, Safed, the Sea of Galilee and Magito, where, according to the prophecy of Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, the final battle of "Armageddon" will take place. In the nature of the hilly north, it is possible to hike, mountainbike and even ski in the winter time.

Getting There

 

Getting To Tamra

 
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You book your flight to Tel Aviv (TLV). Look for different airlines, including low cost airlines such as Easyjet, Air Berlin, German Wings, Pegasus Airlines and flyniki. Tip: Search also for nearby Airports in neighboring European countries.
 
At the airport of Tel Aviv, you can find the train station; the train departs hourly to Akko (also the whole night). From Akko train station, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation in Tamra.
 
Please note that from Fridays 4.00 p.m. to Saturdays 4.00 p.m., and on Israeli holidays, no trains run, making it difficult to get from Tel Aviv airport to Akko. You should not book a flight that lands on Fridays after 2.00 p.m. or leaves on Saturdays before 9.00 p.m. We even recommend completely avoiding Saturdays for arrival and departure.
 
On other days of the week, your flight should not arrive after 7.00 p.m., as the Akko train station pick-up service from 11.00 p.m. – 8.00 a.m. is not possible. If you cannot book your flight otherwise, you would have to spend a night in Tel Aviv, before you continue traveling to Akko.
 

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
You can give us your preferred date and we will let you know if it is possible to start on that date. Please note that from Fridays 4.00 p.m. to Saturdays 4.00 p.m., and on Israeli holidays, no trains run, making it difficult to get from Tel Aviv airport to Akko. You should not book a flight that lands on Fridays after 2.00 p.m. or leaves on Saturdays before 9.00 p.m. We even recommend completely avoiding Saturdays for arrival and departure. On other days of the week, your flight should not arrive after 7.00 p.m., as the Akko train station pick-up service from 11.00 p.m. – 8.00 a.m. is not possible. If you cannot book your flight otherwise, you would have to spend a night in Tel Aviv, before you continue traveling to Akko.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course you can travel around - almost all of our participants do so. Israel is a country with relatively short distances, so you can see a lot of places during weekends.
Is it safe to travel around Israel as a single female traveller?
Approximately 80% of our participants are female and many of them, only about 20 years old. No serious security breach has happened. In Tamra, due to the Islamic culture, you should be careful in your clothing style - avoid skirts or shorts that are significantly shorter than knee-length and low-cut tops. There are other sites of Israel, where it is advisable that you are careful in you behaviour so that you are not seen as "loose". Our counselors on site and our preparation materials elaborate more on this. If you follow these basic things that apply equally to many other places, the risk is minimal.
Is there any security issues that I must be concerned about when travelling to Israel?
If you tell your family or friends about wanting to go for an internship or volunteering to Israel, you will probably hear a lot of advice about safety issues. Israel's image in the media is marked by violent clashes between Jewish settlers and Palestinians, and conflicts with neighboring countries.
 
This fear is largely baseless. Around 2 million tourists visit the country every year. Tourists have never been the target of violence and security arrangements in the country are so high, that it is almost impossible that you as a tourist find yourself in a critical situation.
 
The problematic area is limited geographically to the Gaza Strip. We would not advise you to visit Gaza. This area is anyway cordoned off by security so it is highly unlikely that you find yourself there. The same applies to any places where even a remote conflict could arise. These are preventively shut off, especially around the Old City of Jerusalem. For a day trip to Jerusalem, you should find out in advance whether a visit to the old town is possible. Our local coordinators follow the news daily and you can ask them.
 
The safety precautions in the country are enormous. At the stations or the main terminal of the buses, there are security checks like at airports, and the checks in the airport of Tel Aviv are more complex than usual.
 
After the confirmation of your project, if there should be any political instability or security issues, we will refund all your money and advise you against visiting.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Tamra?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Tamra, who you can live with or meet in your spare time, if you desire so. Generally, it is very easy to get along with people in the organisation you work for. You do not have to concerned about being "lonely" in Tamra.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
In Tamra, you live in a shared accommodation in the house of a host family (most have a separate entrance), or with a host family. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
How is the standard of living in Tamra or Israel?
The standard of living in Tamra or Israel is not very different from that in Western Europe or North America. The accommodation that we use are of high standard. The cost of living is comparable to Western Europe or North America, if not slightly more expensive.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
In general, your shared apartment has a private entrance and you live largely independent of the family, if that's how you want it. It is not allowed that without the consent of the host family, you bring people who are not participants of World Unite! to visit or stay over.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Yes, you have wifi internet at the accommodation.
How can I do my laundry?
You can use the washing machine belonging to the host family, paying a fee.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, this is possible.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to make yourself understood in English. The mother tongue of the people of Tamra is Arabic. All learn Hebrew and English as foreign languages ​​at school. Most people have at least a basic knowledge of English. Nevertheless, you cannot expect everyone (including the placement supervisor) to speak perfect English. The people are happy about it, if you can at least say a few welcoming and friendly phrases in Arabic.
 
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