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Primary and Secondary Schools in Tamra

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In the northern of Israel town of Tamra, we organise volunteering and internships in various educational institutions. This includes primary schools, secondary schools and afternoon care for children
 
 

Project Details

 

Primary Schools in Tamra

 
Primary schools in Israel are from grade 1 to 6; the age of the students is from 7 to 12 years. The week starts on Sundays and ends on Thursdays. Classes are usually from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
 
Subjects taught are Math, English as a foreign language, Arabic, Hebrew, sports, history, sciences, music, computer lessons, religion, drama, arts and agriculture. With the exception of English and Hebrew language lessons, the medium of teaching in Tamra is Arabic.

 
The "Al-Sharef" primary school is attended by 395 students (226 boys and 166 girls) who are split into 15 classes. At the "Al-Razi" primary school there are around 450 students.
 
To support you in teaching English, especially the use of the English language ,sports, art, music and drama/theater are used. In the elementary school, "al- Sharef " there is also the opportunity to work on the preparation of lessons with teachers and thereby contribute your own ideas and suggestions. Due to the language barrier you are likely to face, you would then just observe how the local teachers include your ideas when teaching. This activity of observing is ideal to understand the didactic sequence of lessons. Furthermore, it is possible for foreign interns/volunteers to carry out artistic workshops, such as handcrafts, (shadow) theatre, fairytales and storytelling). You can do this in English. It is also possible to give private tutoring to students, to assist them in their learning process, to motivate them and to increase their self-esteem.

 
The "Al-Sharef" primary school has a well-equipped computer lab called "Newton Centre", which is also used for computer classes for students of other schools.

 
“Al-Sharef" runs a program called "Berah" which means "flower", offering afternoon classes in Mathematics, Arabic, Hebrew and English to anyone interested.
 
Berah has the symbolic meaning of "to blossom".
 “Al-Sharef" wants to make itself an environmental-friendly "Green School". The first measures have been implemented, such as defining a maximum number of photocopies that each teacher is allowed to make.
 
The "Al-Razi" primary school runs an alternative learning centre, aimed at the provision of education by play and group work, using books, educational games, cards, puzzles and computers. In the school's basement, there is a handcraft room for creative activities and a sports room.
 
Both primary schools give special support to students with learning difficulties. There are extra classes making use of the concepts of special education.

 
 

Nowaideia - after school care for children from problem families

 
Nowaideia is a term to describe institutions where primary school age children from problem families can get after-school care. There are several Nowaideia in Tamra. The children usually arrive from Sunday to Thursday directly after school at around 2:30 p.m. and stay until 7.00 p.m. During school holidays, they stay for the whole day.
 
There are 14 children attending Zuhur al-Mahaba Nowaideia. Two female teachers assist the children with their homework and prepare them for exams. Furthermore, they play games, dance and do handcrafts. A supportive environment is created for the children, which is something they do not get at home for various reasons.

As a volunteer or intern you can assist the children with their homework and preparation for exams. You can also do leisure activities with them.
 
Nowaideia is also suitable for students of Social Work and Psychology. A social worker attends the institution twice a week and can supervise/tutor you during an internship.
 
All schools in Israel have psychologists who can supervise/tutor you during a psychology internship.
 
Pack for a Purpose
 
You can also support this project through Pack for a Purpose that we are proud members of. Pack for a Purpose is an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
 
 
 

Al-Bayan Middle and High School

 

"Al-Bayan" is a secondary school that has almost 1000 students from grade 7 to 12 (age 13-18). 550 students attend Middle School and 400, High School. The school employs 92 teachers. As with the primary schools, with the exception of English and Hebrew, all subjects are taught in Arabic. The students attend school for 7-8 hours per day.
 
Volunteers and interns can teach English, either assisting a local teacher or teaching on their own. A very high level of English is required. Furthermore, it is also possible to assist with extra classes. The school regularly receives Israeli students who do internships to gain practical work experience.
 
A variety of practical activities are offered at Al-Bayan school. In the science clubs for instance, theory is applied in real-world projects.
To make the best of your volunteering or internship activity with a school in Tamra, please email us your CV and also a one-page letter of motivation in English, in which you describe what you would like to learn and how you want to participate.

 
 
School holidays are from 1st of July to 1st of September, from 23rd of December to 10th of January, from 23rd of March to 10th of April, and during Ramadan. 
 
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General
Location: Tamra/Galilee, Israel
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Arabic
Accommodation:
Room in apartment with family
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Educators, Teachers
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

More Info

 

Report by Natalie

 
My name is Nathalie. I’m 21 years old and I come from Belgium. I recently completed my studies to become a teacher in secondary education. During the months of April and May, I stayed in Tamra for six weeks as a volunteer, together with two other students, Joachim and Gerlinde.

During the six weeks in Tamra, I stayed in the lovely house of Khaled and Aisha Khatib. They treated us like we were their own childeren. Thanks to their special care, I had an awesome and very interesting internship in Tamra. Khaled and Aisha openend our eyes in many ways. They encouraged us to talk to the people in Tamra, to go the beach, to Jerusalem… They really wanted for us to have a meaningful internship and they wanted us to see all the sides of Israël.

The people in Tamra were very kind. When we walked in the streets, they always asked us a lot of questions, because they were curious. They also invited us many times to their houses to drink some coffee. The people in Tamra were so friendly!

I have spend a lot of hours in the Al Mutanabbi school. This is the school where I completed my internship, together with Joachim and Gerlinde. On Sundays, we taught English to the pupils from grade seven, eight and nine. During the other days of the week, we arranged some workshops to help the pupils to improve their English. We had such a great time in the Al Mutanabbi school. The pupils and the teachers were extremely friendly! It was a very nice experience to compare the way teachers teach in Israel to the way we teach in Belgium. I have learned a lot from this internschip in this school. It made me become a better teacher.

Aisha also gave us the opportunity to help her with her clay courses. She gives two times in a week clay courses to people who are disabbled. This was also a interesting experience, because it gave me an idea of how the people in Israel deal with people who are dissabled. It was so nice to see how sweet these boys are. They loved the fact that Aisha made things in clay with them. I had so much fun during these clay courses!

My internship in Tamra was beyond awesome! Thanks to the lovely caring of Aisha and Khaled! I would recommand everybody to come to Tamra. It really opens your eyes and it makes you become a more humble person, with both feet on the ground.

Nathalie

P.S. Natalie, Joachim and Gerlinde are students from Artevelde University College, Belgium that regularly sends students for teaching internships. We thank Artevelde University College for their cooperation with World Unite!

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Tamra

 

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Shared Accommodation in Tamra:

 
In Tamra, our participants usually live in two adjacent houses on the hillside, overlooking Tamra and the plain of Acre, Haifa. There is direct access to the garden with olive and lemon trees between the two houses. In the floors of the two houses, there are modern and spacious studios. Eachh have a private bathroom and kitchenette. Each studio can comfortably house 2-3 participants. The owners, local couples, live there and provide necessary additional rooms on the upper floors. In the case of several participants in Tamra at the same time, we also organize accommodation in other homes of similar standards in the city.
 

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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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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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*
       
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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. 
 

Extras

 

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These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Tamra

 
 
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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