Tiberias is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and is considered one of Judaism’s four holy cities along with Jerusalem, Hevron, and Tzfat. Nativers based in Tiberias have the chance to volunteer and live in an historic city, while helping improve the lives of the community members.
Each Nativer will have the rare opportunity to live on their own and to be self-sufficient. The unique experience of living with friends in an apartment exemplifies the self-reliance of the Nativers on this track. A Nativ-Tiberias favorite is mastering culinary skills; cooking is a great way to bring everyone together, whether in their respective living quarters or for weekly potluck meals followed by a fun movie night or an activity planned by the madrichim.
Tiberias Volunteer Opportunities
Working in Schools
Volunteering in schools is an integral part of the Tiberias experience. The schools are very grateful for the help that the Nativers provide within English classes, and the Israeli students always appreciate their hard work and passion. Nativers have the opportunity to work in many different educational settings: kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools, and schools for students with special needs. Teaching English is not just for the kids; it is a great way to connect with typical Israeli teenagers.
Magen David Adom
Because Tiberias is small, so too is the Magen David Adom staff, which means that these volunteers got a lot of hands on experience during calls. An average MDA shift is from 7am – 3pm. On most shifts the Nativ volunteers will be alone with the driver, thus the Nativers play key roles in many cases. They also developed great relationships with the ambulance drivers and medics. The Nativers volunteering with MDA spend a week of their vacation taking in the 60 hour training course to become certified volunteers for MDA, which is held at the Fuchsberg Center.
Nativers can work at a few different gans, as teacher’s assistants. They help out in the classroom and play with the children. This is an especially fun age to work with, and the Nativers volunteering here often visited their gan classrooms on breaks from their other jobs. This experience has proved to be incredibly beneficial specifically for those Nativers with weaker Hebrew skills, as speaking with little kids is a great way to learn the language!