During this 3-week placement in Argentina, participants will gain an insider view into Jewish life in South America’s largest Jewish community, through active participation in a variety of youth programs and community institutions. Most importantly, this program provides an immersive, mutual cultural exchange.
Week 1 will provide a thorough introduction to the Jewish community of Argentina and preparation for Winter Camp.
Week 2, participants will be fully incorporated into Hebraica’s Winter Camp in a country setting outside Buenos Aires. Each year over 200 children, teens, and madrichim from Buenos Aires’ Jewish community participate in this camp during their winter break. Multi-Week Fellows will assist with various sports, arts and social activities throughout their placement, with an emphasis on leading English language programming.
Week 3 will be spent back in Buenos Aires, where participants will volunteer with elderly residents of LeDor VaDor, a state-of-the-art old age home. Daily activities could include assisting with occupational art therapy, socialization, and other projects as needed.
Throughout the program, participants will explore the diversity of the Jewish community of Argentina through spending Shabbat with different communities and Jewish learning sessions to frame the experience.
About Hebraica: Hebraica, a partner organization of JDC, is a Jewish sports and social club similar to a Jewish Community Center that serves the Jewish community of Buenos Aires. Hebraica provides opportunities for Jewish engagement throughout the year for all ages, from young children and youth to older adults. Through its youth department, Hebraica partners with BBYO, an international youth movement, to provide opportunities for Jewish engagement and leadership development.
About LeDor VaDor: LeDor VaDor is an old age home for elderly members of the Argentinian Jewish community and was founded with assistance from JDC.
Argentina is home to Latin America's largest Jewish population, being the 7th largest Jewish population in the world. A prosperous community for most of its history, which dates back to the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions, Argentina's Jews were devastated by the 2001 economic crisis that turned middle-class families into "the new poor" virtually overnight.
JDC responded immediately and efficiently to the Jewish community's sizeable needs, leveraging decades-long partnerships to expand existing relief services to aid those hit hardest by the crisis. Today, fifteen years after the financial crisis, Argentina's Jewish community is nearly self-sufficient, with the local Jewish institutions' overall health largely restored. As a result, JDC is phasing out of its responsibility to provide emergency relief and has resumed its historic role in Argentina as a community-development expert.
• Strong leadership, communication skills, and capacity for independent work
• Background or passion for working with vulnerable populations
• Experience working with young children and or elderly
• Basic Spanish is a must
Participation Fee: $500
• Group activities and excursions
• Airport pick up/drop off in overseas location
• Some meals
• Comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance
• On-the-ground staff support
This does not include:
• Int'l airfare
• Most meals
• Visa (not required for US passport holders)
• Local transportation
• Leisure activities
• Personal expenses
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