Every co-worker joins a family household and accompanies a villager or a group of villagers throughout the day. That may include, according to the individual need, help with bodily care and hygiene, mobility, and soul care. Co-workers take part in maintaining the household, preparing meals etc. During the workshop time co-workers join one of our workshops and work with other villagers. They gain responsibility at the workshop regarding the professional work and the care for the villagers while being guided and supported by the workshop masters.

What is the daily schedule?
This is a general time table. It may change according to house, activity and need.

7:00-8:00 waking the villagers up and helping them according to their needs, preparing breakfast.
8:00-9:00 Breakfast, and dishwashing.
9:00 “morning song” - a gathering of the whole village for a song, a morning verse and announcements.
9:15 -12:15 work in one of the workshops with the villagers.
12:30 -13:30 lunch, cleaning and preparing for rest hour.
13:30 – 16:00 noon break, Siesta, schlaf stunde :)
16:00 afternoon snack.
16:30 – 18:00 work in the workshops.
18:00- 18:45 showers, supper preparation.
18:45 – 19:45 supper, dish washing and time in the house.
19:45 evening activities according to volunteer’s initiative, usually in pairs and guided by a house parent.
20:30 “chiko club” time in the house and settling.
21:00 day’s done.

How many holidays will I get?
Apart from a weekly day off, each co-worker has a free weekend (Thursday noon until Sunday morning) every 5-6 weeks. On top, we each have 5 days in autumn, winter and spring and two weeks in the summer. In total Co-workers are entitled to one day-off a week and 28 holidays throughout the year.

What are the accommodation conditions in the village?
Some volunteers live in a room attached to the extended family household; these rooms have their own shower and toilet. Some volunteers live in a separate flat, shared with 3-4 other volunteers, in which case they also have a little kitchen.

Will I need to wash my own laundry?
No, there is a general laundry service in the village, running as a workshop. If you wish to wash your laundry yourself, there is also a washing machine for that.

Is there internet access in the village?
Yes. There is an internet room for the co-workers. There is also wireless internet in that room.

Will I get pocket money?
Yes. The village covers your expenses for accommodation, medical care insurance, food, toiletries, bed sheets, and also provides monthly pocket money of about 100$ (in local currency).

Will I get support?
Yes. The house parents will guide and support you in your work with the villagers in the house. Similarly, at the workshop you’ll receive guidance from the workshop master regarding the professional aspects as well as the personal work with the villagers. You will also participate one morning a week in a study program including an introduction to the theoretical aspects of our work, artistic activities and Hebrew lessons.

What is the minimum volunteering period?
The minimum volunteering period is for a year. This is in order to create stability, security and peace for the villagers. Obviously, also the volunteers need time to familiarize themselves with the work and the village lifestyle.

Which organizations in Europe approve my civil service?

Verein zur Foerderung einer Dorfgemeinschaft fuer Behinderte in Israel e.V
Christiane Vincent
Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e.V/ Friends of Waldorf Education e.V

Referat internationale Freiwilligendienste / Department community services and volunteering

Koordination Einsatzstellen im Ausland /Co-ordinator of Hosting Institutions

Neisser Str.10
76139 Karlsruhe

eMail: i.guenther@freunde-waldorf.de
Fon.: +49 721/354806 -24
Fax.: +49 721/354806 -16
Skype: freundewaldorf.guenther

Do I need any training before I come to Kfar Rafael?
No, you’ll receive guidance and support here, in the village.

What is the minimum age for volunteering?

What about the language?
It is recommended to have basic English. You will receive Hebrew lessons weekly, and will be helped with translations in the day-to-day life. It is important to note that the villagers have had foreign carers for years, and for many of them verbal communication is not the main form of communication.

Which documents do I need to prepare?
If you are interested, please provide us with the following documents:
- a short C.V (biography, and any relevant information)
- a reference (from a teacher or previous work-place)
- a passport-picture


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