NES AMMIM (COMMUNAL VILLAGE IN ISRAEL)
Contact: Rolf Poolman
Address:
Nes Ammim Volunteer Village
D.N. Western Galilee
2280100
Israel
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NES AMMIM (COMMUNAL VILLAGE IN ISRAEL)

www.nesammim.org

Nes Ammim is an international Christian community and village in Israel's Northwest Galilee, located 10 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast. It aims to contribute to the creation of a new relationship between Jews and Christians following centuries of alienation and ignorance. The name Nes Ammim means 'a banner to or for the nations' and is taken from two quotations in the Book of Isaiah (11:10 and 62:10). In 2013 it celebrated its golden jubilee as a community after being established in the early sixties. The establishment was realized by a group of Christians who had lived through the horrors of World War II and the Nazi holocaust in continental Europe. Nes Ammim is the product of a dream - a dream of a radically new and positive relationship between Christians and Jews based upon mutual trust and respect. This excludes any thought of missionary activity directed at the Jewish people. The founders of Nes Ammim believe that such a relationship is not only possible, but absolutely essential. Surrounded by Jewish kibbutzim and Muslim and Druze villages, Nes Ammim is an ecumenical Christian community whose members and volunteers represent a broad spectrum of Christian tradition. It is a learning, serving, working and worshipping community. Its main commercial business is its kosher guest house for up to 170 guests (80% Israeli guests). However, real estate activities are also carried out with the construction, sales and renting of 91 house for locals and solar energy plans exist for the nearby future. The Centre for Learning and Dialogue (available for all volunteers) offers language courses, culturally enriching activities such as trips throughout the State of Israel, museum visits and more. It runs an annual work programme for young European students and includes a systematic encounter with Israel, Judaism and the roots of Christian faith. The majority of Nes Ammim’s inhabitants speak English as a second language. In case of any questions, please contact us.

Causes:
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Other
  • Young People
Opportunities

NES AMMIM (COMMUNAL VILLAGE IN ISRAEL)

Suitability and Volunteering Roles

Volunteering Roles:
  • Accountancy / Finance
  • Administration
  • Building / Construction / DIY
  • Community Work
  • Cooking / Catering
  • Gardening / Horticulture
  • Journalism / Newsletters
  • Religious activities
  • Social Work
  • Technical Skills
Volunteering Type:
  • Family Volunteering
  • Individual Volunteering
Work Alone or With Others:

With others

Liability Insurance

Volunteers working with this organisation are covered by legal liability insurance

Volunteers Placed Each Year

20-40

Restrictions

Where:
  • Israel, Asia
Qualifications:

Physically fit and adaptable to take on varied types of work. Broad Christian theological awareness.

Disabilities:
  • We cannot accept volunteers who are visually impaired/partially sighted
  • We cannot accept volunteers who need help with their daily activities
  • We cannot accept volunteers who use a wheelchair all of the time
  • We cannot accept volunteers who use a wheelchair at any time
  • We cannot accept volunteers who use walking/other mobility aids other than a wheelchair
  • We cannot accept volunteers with a hearing impairment
  • We cannot accept volunteers with a heart condition
  • We cannot accept volunteers with any breathing difficulties
  • We cannot accept volunteers with mental health needs
Health Requirements:

Medical / Dental certificates needed.

Cost To Volunteer:

Costs of travel to the village in Israel

Age:

18 to 60 years old

Weeks min/max

Weeks from 12 up to 52 per year

Hours min/max:

Hours from 35 up to 45 per week

When to Apply:

Ideally one year in advance, but in general applications are possible anytime.

Start Months:
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Basic level; every volunteer has a room each. < 25: volunteers share a common shower and toilet block. > 25: own housing with a bathroom and small kitchen. Couples and families can get a house for themselves. Depends on availibility.

Equipment/Clothing:

Only winter cloths from November to February, summer cloths outside these months

Interview:

Interviews generally by Skype, telephone or meeting up (depends on localization and possibilities)

Training:

Training is provided on arrival when assignment takes place

Supervision:

General introduction before start of work, supervision by professional workers/leaders in various assignments, half-time evaluation, trust-persons available

Debriefing & Certificates:

Debriefing meeting in Israel or in home country for evaluation and improvement purposes

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