Druze Village, Israel
I had already been living abroad on my own for a year but the idea of spending two weeks volunteering at a summer camp in an Israeli Druze village without knowing anyone was still pretty daunting. Although I had prior experience working with kids, teaching English to a group of seventy-five Druze children, aged seven to thirteen, still seemed a bit intimidating. Moreover, due to the language barrier, my fellow volunteers and I did not have a clue on how to capture the children’s attention and get them interested in learning English. We put our heads together and came up with the great idea of teaching them a cheer and a song that we could use throughout the camp. Each volunteer took a group of about eight children, all of whom had different learning capabilities, and taught them the words in English. Combining the song with different actions turned out to be a great plan and the children caught on very quickly. We could see that they were enjoying singing the song by the smiles that spread across their faces.
In the short span of just two weeks, we not only forged strong bonds with these children but also with our host families.
Because these children now had so many opportunities to converse in English, their command of the language improved tremendously. It was extremely rewarding to witness them increase their knowledge while enjoying themselves at the same time. During the camp, we played games at the pool and even made trips to the Safari Park and the Druze holy land. Looking back now I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to volunteer in Israel because it was the best summer of my life!
Yanuh-Jat is a beautiful village on top of the mountains. The view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea was breathtaking and it was such a joy to be able to witness the sunrise and sunset every day.
The Druze people are very proud of their heritage and culture. They were very keen to show us their traditional practices and invited us to be involved in their personal lives.
I was even fortunate enough to attend a Druze wedding and other family gatherings. Over the course of the two weeks, I saw how the villagers looked out for one another and how they treat everyone with such warmth and sincerity.
Volunteering in Israel has truly been the best experience of my life, and I would definitely do it again. The Go Eco team was there for me every step of the way and I strongly urge others to stop hesitating and start volunteering for one of the amazing Go Eco adventures.
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