Interested in joining our team, even for a short while? Here is some information that might be helpful if you would like to volunteer at the Jenin Creative Cultural Center (J3C). Thank you for your interest!
As a volunteer, you will be able to experience life in the West Bank, which includes the traditional Palestinian hospitality and friendship. The area is safe and Israel has eased some restrictions on Palestinians, which makes life in Jenin easier for all of us. The volunteer will be able to work alongside a motivated team of Palestinian youth and with young children.
We value a variety of skills and backgrounds but specifically seek people who can teach English and other foreign languages, arts such as painting, drawing, photography, video making, music and theater, and who enjoy working with youth.
We ask that volunteers be 17 years of age or older and commit to a period of at least two weeks. It’s also expected that you respect traditional Palestinian cultural norms, such as wearing non revealing clothing (long pants for men, long pants and long sleeved blouses for women), and be flexible regarding scheduling. In addition we ask for a small contribution to the cost of utilities, 12€ (approximately 16 USD) per day.
We’ve had volunteers from many countries — Scotland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Catalonia, Romania, New Caledonia, Korea, Japan and other regions of Palestine.
We offer convenient accommodation at J3C, including kitchen facilities, shower, and internet. Food is the responsibility of the volunteer but there are restaurants, shops, and the market where food is plentiful, cheap, and tasty. Recreational facilities include swimming, hiking, and cultural events .
Shared taxis (serveece) travel regularly and cheaply between most parts of the West Bank. For holders of international passports, travel is relatively simple between Jenin and Israel.
We hope you decide to volunteer with us and if you do, we would ask you to fill out our volunteer form. We also have a Volunteer Handbook that we can send you for more information and details.
If you want to know about one of our volunteers’ experience in Jenin, here is his blog: http://rubenopreis.wordpress.com/