Volunteers

Fresh out of school or university and looking for a new challenge?
Looking for internship posibilities in the educational field?

You want to gain some practical experience in the social sector to enhance your skills?  

Looking for a well-established and innovative organization that you can support
in order to make the world a better and more peaceful place? 

You want to go abroad and live in a place that’s  completely different
from everything you’ve known so far? 

Then you are exactly right at Matzmichim (Uplifters), the #1 violence reduction organization in Israel!

A friendly, young and flexible team is looking forward to guide and support you during an internship or voluntary service! Whether it’s for a short- or a long-term stay, you are welcome!

 

General Conditions

Age: 18+

Duration of the internship:
Preferably 2 months or longer. To make the best of your time and gain the full experience of working with a non-profit, non-governmental organization we advise a stay of four to five months.  

Daily working time: approx. 7,5 hours

Application formalities:
An e-mail to international@soscenter.org.il or milena.hartmann@gmx.net is sufficient for first agreements. 
Feel free to contact us anytime. 

Your Activities 

The tasks you will be strongly depending on what we are currently working on and need your support for as well as where your area of expertise is most valuable for us! 

Here a short overview over possible fields of work in which you could be active:

Pedagogical Work

  • Preparation and organization of workshops 
  • Research (information, games, …) 

Fundraising

  • Translating work and fundraising material
  • Writing applications and requests for funds
  • Developing new partnerships 

Networking

  • Establishing and maintaining contact to partners and sponsors worldwide and making arrangements for encounters
  • Spreaching inform and writing reports about current activities

Administrative Tasks

  • Creating new content for the website and keeping it up-to-date 
  • Managing the website as well as our social media outlets 

The Office

Since August 2017,  our office is situated in Petah Tikva – just 20 minutes outside of Tel Aviv.

In the office the Matzmichim team works in an ongoing exchange of information on various individual tasks. We work closely hand-in-hand. 

Lunch-time is a great opportunity for personal exchange. 

Accommodation

We can’t provide you with an accommodation, but our team will support you in finding a place to stay if you require assistance. 

HERE’S WHAT SOME OF OUR FORMER VOLUNTEERS HAVE TO SAY… 

Milena Hartmann studied International Social Work and Deaconry at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg, Germany. As part of her studies she was a volunteer at Matzmichim in 2013/2014 for 7 months. She is still very involved in the work today. One of her tasks is it to be a contact for volunteers – so feel free writing her!

Lasting memories: Working with great colleagues who are supportive, motivating and encouraging – and who have become good friends!

Most exciting task: The most exciting part is the variety of working fields. Most of all, the fundraising, networking and the numerous contacts to interesting and impressive people.

Tourist-tip: There are uncountable impressive places – therefore travel, travel, travel!

Conclusion: Unforgettable, instructive and important time! Don’t miss out on it!

Elisabeth has a first degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. She currently studies Peace and Conflict Management at the University of Haifa, Israel. She started to volunteer for Matzmichim in July 2019.

Lasting memories: The support and appreciation one is showing each other in Matzmichim.

Most exciting task: Being in contact with partners and donors.

Tourist-tip: I recommend spending time with locals – it will allow you to experience Israel in a very different and even more fascinating way. 

Conclusion: Matzmichim is a great place if you want to extend your knowledge and experience while contributing to a meaningful cause. If you’re looking for a place to intern in Israel, don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Carly (21) is studying psychology at the University of Arizona. She supported Matzmichim in the summer of 2019 from June to August. 

Lasting memories: Being in a great working environment with such great peolpe. 

Most exciting task: Helping fix the English website and going to the AVP workshop. 

Tourist-tip: I highly recommend going to Eilat! I also recommend exploring as much as possible. 

Conclusion: I would highly recommend anyone to intern here! Matzmichim is a great organization with an amazing purpose. 

Larissa, 23, studies International Social Work at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg, Germany. She completed her practical semester from March until August 2019 at our organization.

Lasting memories: The kind, direct, helpful and loving way of dealing with the co-workers and their behavior at the office.

Most exciting task: Joining Yony Tsouna for meetings with new potential partners.

Tourist-tip: Rent a car and go on a road trip at the Golan Heights and get to know some amazing hiking trails over there. 

Conclusion: Israel is a fascinating, intense and wonderful country which is definitely worth getting to know better. Throughout the internship, I had the chance to understand the different fields of work within the structure of an NGO. I got equipped with effective practical tools on how to reduce violence among youth.

Theresa, 24, studied social work at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin. She supported Matzmichim during her practical semester from January till June 2018.

Lasting memories: The diversity of the work, with always new and exciting challenges.

Most exciting task: Writing applications for grants.

Tourist-tip:  Hiking in the Golan-Heights and of course the best hummus in Jaffo at Abu Hassan.

Conclusion: Working for Matzmichim inspired me and introduced me to new tools and strategies of dealing with racism and violence.

Lea, 21, studies Deaconry and International Social Work at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg, Germany. She absolved her practical semester with Matzmichim from October 2017 to January 2018.

Lasting memories: The good mood and caring atmosphere in the office, Israel – the country and the people…

Most exciting task: The direct contact to a potential partner with meetings etc.

Tourist-tip: Couchsurfing! No matter if you go North or South – it’s a good chance to get to know Israelis and have exciting conversations!

Conclusion: I have learned a lot about working in an office in the field of Social Work – it was absolutely worth it.

Justine, 27, studied Social Work at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg, Germany. She supported Matzmichim in her practical semester from March to October 2017.

Lasting memories: Caring and supporting colleagues and relaxing evenings at the beach after work.

Most exciting task: Attending a workshop in an Israeli school in Hebrew. 

Tourist-tip: Camping in the North – that’s the only way to escape the heat in Tel Aviv during July and August. Besides, the nature there is beautiful, green and its quiet, too.

Conclusion: Best decision ever – sunshine, beach, a lot of good new friends and memory which will last forever.

Tanja, 23, volunteered from August 2014 until January 2015 at Matzmichim as an internship for her studies. She studies International Social Work and Deaconry at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg.

Lasting Memories: Good time with nice colleagues who always supported me in mastering challenging tasks.

Most exciting task: The getting in contact with important people from Germany was very impressive; I also enjoyed the work on the new webpage.

Tourist-tip: Get in touch with a student´s organization which organized outdoor trips – that way you get to know the country and many young people from all over Israel.

Conclusion: It was the right decision to do my internship at Matzmichim!

Ulrike, 25, from Aachen volunteered at Matzmichim in August and September 2013 after finishing her BA degree in Social Work and a MA degree in Culture, Aesthetic and Media in Düsseldorf.

Lasting memories: A feeling of giving and taking. The team of Matzmichim was like a family for me. When I had problems I could always count on their help and the other way round. It was good to see that I could give something back through my work.

Most exciting task: Networking with German partners and supporters. And of course the translation meetings with the Israeli volunteers.

Tourist-tip: I can highly recommend a visit in the old city of Yaffo; especially the fleamarket and the many little cafés around it.

Conclusion: I will be back!

Annika, 25, volunteered at Matzmichim from January until March 2013 as part of her Social Work studies at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg.

Lasting memories: Good working atmosphere and really nice colleagues.

Most exciting task: Developing of projects and accompanying workshops in Israeli schools.

Touri-tip: The Casbah in Florentin – my absolute favorite café place!

Conclusion: Great organization – great country!

Rosa, 23, studied International Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg. She absolved her practical semester between September 2011 and April 2012 at Matzmichim. Previous she studied one semester at the University of Botswana.

Lasting memories: Very good working atmosphere, a lot of selfinitiative, wonderful city and great people.

Most exciting task: Difficult to say because there were so many. Maybe the translation of a movie but also the project proposal of “Growing children”.

Tourist-tip: Mitzpe-Ramon or a road trip along the national boarder; the nicest café: Puaa in Jaffa.

Conclusion: Many very good days!

Anja, 25, from Munich volunteered for 6 weeks in 2011 at Matzmichim to get an insight in a NGO.

Lasting memories: Good working atmosphere, one can contribute own ideas and realize them. Really nice colleagues whith whom you can go out for a beer.

Most exciting task: Organization of the evaluation week with the German partners of Matzmichim.

Tourist-tip: I spend almost all six weeks with couch surfing. When I got tired of it I went to the Florentin-Hostel for some days. Couch surfing works pretty well in Tel Aviv and one gets to know many nice people who are willing to show you the city.

Conclusion: I would definitely do it again. The work field is exciting and it is really fascinating what Matzmichim is able to achieve through simple means.

Niklas, 21, comes from Mannheim. After he finished his civil service in Israel he decided to extend his stay and joined Matzmichim in March 2011 in order to do an internship.

Lasting memories: The team and the insight into the work and the work and operation of an NGO.

Most exciting task: Getting to know paedagogical concepts during developing games.

Tourist-tip: Partying in Tel Aviv: just start, walk through Florentin and try out different pubs.

Conclusion: Go there, try it out, like it and come back!

Constance, 22, from Aachen supported Matzmichim for one month in 2011. She studies Sociology and Business Pedagogics/Wissenspsychologie at the RWTH Aachen.

Lasting memories: Good working atmosphere! The feeling of having reached something and of being a precious help to someone.

Most exciting task: Planning and carrying out interviews with various people who are involved in the work of Matzmichim.

Tourist-tip: The old redesigned harbor of Tel Aviv with its shopping facilities and bars is worth a visit!

Conclusion: Good project which is worth supporting and promoting and the best part is: the work is fun!

Tobias, 26, from Stuttgart, volunteered for 6 months in 2010 at Matzmichim as part of his studies in International Social Work in Ludwigsburg. Even after his internship, he supported Matzmichim through his assistance with the workshops in Germany and Israel. Thanks to him, a cooperation with the Protestant University of applied sciences in Ludwigsburg could be established.

Lasting memories: Friendships in the professional as well as in the private area.

Most exciting task: The mix of various tasks and the creative freedom during working on the tasks.

Tourist-tip: Agadir Burger at the Nahalat Binyamin tastes great!

Fazit: Consistently positive memories of my time here!

Verena, 21, from southern Germany stayed in Israel in 2010. After a social year in a Palestinian senior’s residency, she volunteered at Matzmichim for 2 months.

Lasting memories: Only positive ones! Good supervision and interesting work field.

Most exciting task: The preparation and implementation of the workshops.

Tourist-tip: The old city of Yaffo and the beaches of Tel Aviv are great!

Conclusion: I would immediately do it again!

Are you going to be the next volunteer? 

Please contact us for further information:

milena.hartmann@gmx.net / international@soscenter.org.il

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