Volunteer with Genesis and your destination will be the sun-splashed coastal gem of Netanya and the inspirational Bet Elazraki Children's Home where you will help staff an incredible 5 week Summer Camp.
Bet Elazraki is a home for children legally removed from their parents care, the summer camp is both incredible fun and an opportunity to give to Israel in the most rewarding way!
Israel Volunteer: Bet Elazraki
About the Programme
Where is Bet Elazraki?
Bet Elazraki is located in the beautiful Kiryat Sanz neighbourhood of Netanya very close to the beach and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
What is Bet Elazraki?
Bet Elazraki Children’s Home is home to 200 children from 5 to 18 years old. The children are removed from their own homes by the Ministry of Social Services, the court system or the police when they are in a life threatening or destructive environment. The children come from dysfunctional families and cannot be raised by their parents due to violence in the home, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental illness, abandonment and a combination of all of the above.
What is Bet Elazraki’s goal?
Their goal is to break the cycle of distress into which, through no fault of their own, these children are born. The delicate, vulnerable children that come into the Home can now feel safe and secure in the fact that they have found a real home that will provide them with warmth and be with them their entire lives. Psychologists, social workers, art and occupational therapists, and loving caregivers start the process of healing. The belief at Bet Elazraki is that the best way to help the children, in addition to limitless love, is educational success. The summer camp programme is an important component of the child’s development and healing process.
What will I be doing on the programme?
In general your role is to be a brother or sister to the children at the home, to enjoy the summer programme along with them, provide friendship, support and add value to the summer camp experience for the children. As a volunteer, you will gain leadership skills, work as part of a dedicated inspiring team gaining valuable lifelong experience.
What is a typical day?
There is no typical day on the summer programme although you will be given a weekly schedule which will prepare you! Your day will begin bright and early by waking up the children and your day will end when you tuck the kids into bed. The programme has a great variety including a 3- day hike in the north of Israel, visits to water parks, colour wars and much more. The programme is a lot of fun and will have a good blend of activities on and off site. If you have talents you can share with the children such as musical or artistic abilities you can teach these during the camp.
Where will I live?
You will live with other volunteers at Bet Elazraki in Netanya.
What free time will I get?
Each week you will mainly be working in the day time and have many evenings free. Genesis will be coordinating a combination of learning options and activities each Thursday some with the Genesis Intern group. You will have 3 Shabbatot free...see below.
What about weekends?
During the 6 weeks we will have two phenomenal group Shabbat experiences together (and with the Genesis Intern group), one in the Old City of Jerusalem, and another with host families - a third Shabbat will be optional. You will have 3 Shabbatot free to spend as you wish - you are welcome to stay in Netanya at the Bet Elazraki and we will always offer an organised alternative for those who would like hospitality, or to spend meals with our own team who will be with you throughout.
How do we connect with the Genesis Israel Intern group?
We will all begin together for the first week, after which the intern participants will remain in Jerusalem. You will spend the Genesis day together most Thursdays and also spend our organised Shabbatot together. You also have a fair amount of free time to visit each other.
What level of responsibility is expected of me during the camp?
As a ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ at Bet Elazraki you will be a role model for the children. Therefore a high level of personal responsibility is asked of you. Both in sight and out of sight of the children you are asked to maintain this high level of conduct - this includes refraining from excessive drinking whilst on the programme and returning to your accommodation by 1am at night.
What is the religious ethos of Bet Elazraki?
The home is run on a religious yet non coercive ethos. The home is strictly kosher and is run according to Jewish values. Some of the children are religious and others are not religious, however in public places Shabbat in observed. Volunteers should behave in a manner which supports the religious nature of the home.
Is this opportunity only open to participants of the Genesis Israel summer trip?
No, you are welcome to apply if you are not joining the summer trip, however priority will be given to suitable applicants taking part in the trip.
How much does it cost?
For an incredible 6 weeks in Israel, you will pay only £899 and £799 if you apply before 31st December. These prices take into consideration having earned a full £200 Genesis Scholarship through our weekly campus programme.
Where do I sign up?
Click on the Apply Now button below.
*A £199 deposit is required within 10 days of acceptance onto the trip to secure a place. Scholarship earned during the year from attending the Genesis weekly programme can be applied to the price of the trip. Scholarship amounts are calculated when the programme finishes at the beginning of April and are awarded at that point.
Full programme price £1099. By earning a full £200 scholarship the trip effectively will cost £899. Applications also open to non-Genesis participants.