JDC’s Mesilah program acts as an aid and information center for the foreign community in the south of Tel Aviv. Caring for the humanitarian needs of these diverse populations, Mesilah provides families of refugees and asylum-seekers with medical assistance, social services and psychological counseling. During the summer, there is an influx of pop-up day care centers, where parents who work several jobs drop off their kids.
Mesilah provides support and guidance for several day care centers in the city, caring for kids who range in age from 3 months – 5 years old and come from a low socio economic background. Truly at-risk, these children are in deep need of attention, love and basic interaction.
Israel today boasts one of the world’s most dynamic economies and one of the most diverse populations. Yet, it also has the second largest gap between the rich and poor in the OECD: 1.8 million men, women and children live below the poverty line and 39% of Israelis find it difficult to live on their current income.
JDC partners with the Israeli government to create strategies and solutions to combat the country’s biggest internal challenges. Through strategic interventions, JDC-Israel touches the lives of 1 in 4 Israelis, assisting the most vulnerable target populations such as: children and youth at-risk and their families, the elderly, immigrant groups, the chronically unemployed, and the disabled.
Fellows will assist Mesilah both in the field and in the office. Responsibilities may include:
• Assisting with child care in the daycare centers
• Planning informal education lesson for children at after school centers
• Assisting with grant writing
• Assisting with social media and web maintenance
• Experience or interest in working with at-risk youth populations
• Background or interest in education
• Background working with young children
• Basic Hebrew is a must
• Passion for program planning and engagement
Participation Fee: $1,000 *
• 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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