Camp Szarvas: The International Jewish Youth Summer Camp in Szarvas, Hungary, was established in 1990 by JDC and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation with the aim to create an international Jewish experience for Jewish youth in Eastern and Central Europe. After the Holocaust and 50 years of repression of Jewish life under communism, Szarvas enables young Jews of Eastern Europe to find and build their Jewish identity. Since its founding, the camp has grown tremendously, today hosting 2,000 youngsters each summer from more than 20 different countries around the world including Romania, Russia, Former Yugoslavia, Turkey, India, Israel and more.
Szarvas serves as a catalyst to build Jewish life and meet friends from around the world. Exposing its participants to an unparalleled Jewish experience through its cultural, linguistic, and Jewish diversity, Szarvas is a unique informal education arena. The camp’s program blends a challenging Jewish educational program with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, Israeli dancing, swimming, sports, canoeing and more. The camp is led by an international educational staff and as such it serves as a platform for the development of Jewish communal leadership for the participating communities. A second home for participants, Szarvas is a dynamic and vital part of the global Jewish revival. JDC Entwine collaborates with Szarvas each year to send young Jews from around the world to volunteer at camp, helping Szarvas broaden its Jewish diversity and assist in actualizing global Jewish communal life.
Hungary is home to the fourth largest Jewish population in Europe—a community going through an inspiring renaissance following decades of religious repression under Communism preceded by the trials of the Second World War. Yet, the current recession climate poses serious challenges to Hungary’s Jewish community, which is struggling to care for the elderly and children at risk of falling through the seams of the country’s deficient safety net. JDC works in Hungary to provide social services to the neediest, expand Jewish renewal and outreach activities, and promote community development.
What will Fellows do at Szarvas? (placements may include a combination of the following)
• Sports Madrich: The Sport Madrichim will lead 6 activities a day for campers ages 6-18. Sports Madrichim should have creative leadership and sport skills in order to create various sport activities. Sport Madrichim also lead different sport competitions such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, running, swimming, etc. This role is ideal for someone who has experience with sports instruction.
• Outdoor Training Madrich (Wall Climbing and Leader of Challenge Park): The Wall Climbing Madrichim are responsible for running wall climbing sessions for all ages. In this role, the Madrich will lead this activity for kids, teaching them how to wall climb, how to support each other and generally encourage kids though the activity. (Note: you do not need prior experience in climbing, but an interest in learning as you will receive training at camp).
• Arts Madrich: Art Madrichim lead up to several activities a day for ages 6-18. In this creative role, the Art Madrich should have the ability to connect kids to Judaism through arts and crafts. During the second session, the Art Madrich will also be responsible for the general camp decorations as well as decorations for special events. This role is ideal for someone who enjoys various creative art projects!
•Media and Report Writing Fellow: The Media Fellow will document the amazing atmosphere at Camp Szarvas through several media modalities. This Fellow will be responsible for taking photos and videos throughout the camp days and organizing the pictures. The Media Fellow will also assist with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This Fellow will also prepare written reports on the activities of the summer, including collecting interviews, quotes and highlights from madrichim and kids. This role is ideal for someone with skills in writing, interviewing, photography and social media.
• Experience working with kids of various ages
• Experience at Jewish camp or programing
• Background in Jewish informal or formal education would be a plus
• Interest in learning about our Global Jewish Community
Participation Fee: $500 per session
• Group activities and excursions
• Airport pick up/drop off in overseas location
• Meals while at Camp
• Comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance
• On-the-ground staff support
This does not include:
• Int'l airfare
• Meals while not at Camp
• Visa (not required for US passport holders)
• Local transportation
• Leisure activities
• Personal expenses
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